As an avid writer myself, I write daily – even if it’s only a couple hundred words – and because of this, I always advise my clients, and those who follow me on social media, to do the same.
There are numerous benefits behind writing each and every day, the most useful of which is that it makes you the best writer you can possibly be because it helps you to improve at a much faster rate. Writing is like anything in life: the best of the best get there through sheer grit, determination, consistency and hard work; the worst of the worst stay that way because they never execute against their dreams. You become a great writer by writing, not by thinking about writing.
However true this may be, there are of course always downfalls.
Writing every day can be tough. Not necessarily because you lack the motivation, but more because you lack a topic or a project to work on. Well, you know what might just save you there? Writing prompts of course.
Let’s say you’re working on two projects – a novel and a poetry collection, for example’s sake – and you’ve worked on them both over the past two days. When the third day comes round, you’re fed up of working on those but still want to write. The issue then becomes: what do I write about?
It can be draining coming up with plot after plot for short stories that you’re never going to read again (a lot of the time I write short stories just to write something,) so why not take away that stress on your brain by making use of some writing prompts?
But where can I find writing prompts?
Well the answer to that one is very simple. You can find them right here on this very blog (with a lot of other awesome content of course,) so why not just jump right in and try one out for yourself? You won’t regret it – and neither will your future writing ability.
The Eerie Prompt
You return home from work to find your house totally empty, which is strange because your wife and kids usually get home hours before you do. No biggie, they must just be out, you tell yourself, so you head upstairs to take a shower instead.
When you get upstairs, get undressed and get the shower running, you step in and enjoy the sensation of the warm water running down your skin. That is, until you look down down and notice the blood-red liquid dripping from your torso.
The Happy Prompt
You’re in a park; the wind is flowing through your hair. You’re happy, you’re alone; you’re finally free. You walk along the path full of love and life, and you pause only to observe the world that is passing you by.
As you near the end of the walkway, you see an old lady struggling to cross the street. As you walk over to help her, she slips her frail arm from her coat pocket and thrusts the 9mm into your sternum.
(Ha I fooled you, it’s not actually a happy prompt…)
Be Filled With Inspiration
Now get to it.
Try these prompts for size and create something based on them. If you do write something, please share it with me in one way or another. Tag me in a post, post it in the comments, send it to me in an email – I’d love to read your work.
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