Hi, John here with you SEers. First of all, I wish you all a Happy Presidents Day on behalf of the Story Empire team. If you are allowed the time off, I hope you have a wonderful day. If not, at least it is a good time to remember the leaders of our country who have made a difference.
The subject today is writing prompts. You know what I mean. Those little suggestions that are around on a daily basis that challenge you to write something about them. Most of the prompts I see are those suggested by bloggers. There is a regular stable of them and the prompt cycle is usually a week. You can also download apps or simply Google Writing Prompts, for a ton of them.
Some of the prompts online are photos that beg for an interpretation. Others are a single word or phrase. Many require a specific word count while the rest leave the word count up to the writer.
There are prompts that ask for a recollection, a past experience, a favorite moment, and on and on. Let’s just say there are plenty of prompts out there. The big question is do you used them?
I have found prompts to be a big part of my writing life. Prompts are almost always an excuse for some short term fun with minimal risk. A writer can let the imagination take free rein without worrying about the effect on the bigger story. This is especially true if the prompt requires no more than 99 words.
I guess I’m suggesting that if you don’t do prompts maybe it is time to start. Some of the advantages to prompt writing are:
1 Lets the imagination soar
2 Allows the writing muscle to be exercised in a different way
3 Allows experimentation in different genres than normal
4 Can stimulate solutions to other problems experienced in writing
5 Can serve to rest the writing brain while maintaining a writing practice
6 Can produce an idea for a short story or full-length novel
I do recommend that every writer take advantage of the writing health benefits of prompt participation. Do you have any prompt experiences you would like to add? Let us know in the comments.