Liam J Cross

Think of writing prompts as a writer’s photograph to study before they begin painting the blank canvass – only with words rather than images. Writing prompts are there to offer a guiding hand; to point struggling writers towards the safety of words, where writer’s block cannot hurt them.

If you’ve ever found yourself struggling with a project, and needed a way to get things rolling again, a writing prompt might have been just what you needed.

The writing prompts here on Liam J Cross Writing & Editing are a little different to traditional writing prompts, in the sense that most of them are delivered as an actual part of the story. The story is started for you and is left on a cliffhanger. You decide where it goes from there.

There are a lot of benefits that come with structuring prompts in this sort of way. Since the story has already started, you won’t have to put any thought at all into the plot. You just let what’s there flow into your brain, and let what your brain coughs up as the next chain of events spill back out.

It’s a sunny walk through a short park.

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The Prompt

birds, clouds, colorful

You’re sat in your stationary car on the downslope looking up at the crest of the hill with intensity – as if it was about to speak. You looked away from it for a second, and placed your eyes on your wife instead. “See honey, I told you it would be beautiful here.”

When your eyes returned to the hill you caught the moment perfectly. Just as your gaze nestled on the brow, the sun rose over it and lit the entire landscape like a giant light bulb suspended in mid-air.

As you feasted your eyes for a minute, the beauty of the moment deteriorated with each passing second. You weren’t sure what the hell was going on, but you were damn sure of one thing.

Sunrises didn’t roll towards you at break-neck speed.

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Your Turn

Got anything in mind? Did anything jump out at you right away? Write it down and see where you end up.

This type of prompt is designed to get you working on your creativity and imagination. You have to ask yourself what on earth could possibly be rolling down the hill towards them. Maybe it’s nothing at all, and he’s daydreaming. Maybe it’s a UFO swooping down to probe them. It’s for you to know and me to find out.

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Try this prompt for size and create something based on it. 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.

Who knows? If you send something my way and I really like the way you write, I might just offer you a discount on my editing services. Or I might even edit a few chapters for free. It’s worth a try on your part.

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