Liam J Cross

Don’t sweat it, this post doesn’t contain any Darth Vader jokes. At least not outside of the wonderfully subtle one I just dropped…

If you’re still sat on the fence about writing prompts, you should seriously come down now and join team ‘Writing Prompts are Awesome’. Because they are, and let me tell you how.

It’s all about using them to your advantage. If you haven’t worked any writing drills into your routine yet, let this be your place to start. You can use writing prompts to delve into other genres without having to give too much thought to the cause. You can get a little inspiration, and dive right in to write a thousand words based on that with very little effort. It’s like a dream come true.

In the same sort of way, writing prompts are also a great way to rid of the dreaded writers’ block. You can read a prompt and work on a shorter, separate piece, to clear your mind of the dreadful blockage.

So, either way, if you want to try some drills, get rid of writers’ block, or just want to have a little harmless fun, a writing prompt could be ideal for you.

The Prompt

Hand Full of Blood

You’d never truly known the meaning of fear. At least not until that dreadful day. The day it all changed.

You can’t remember much about it. You just remember the tears and the screams. And the blood.

Welcome to the Dark Side

Luke, I am your-

Okay, sorry… I’m done now.

With this prompt, you should work on those gory descriptions and that horrible part of your brain that thinks them up. This is a great prompt to allow you to explore thriller/horror genres, or maybe crime fiction – something dark and twisted and full of gore.

Make use of this prompt in your writing exercises and really get lost in it. The less you have to think about what you’re writing, the more effective the prompt is. So really let loose and see what sort of terribly things you can come up with. I know you have it in you.

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.

You can reach me with your submission or with any questions/inquiries here.


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