This post is by Doris McCraw
I love writing prompts. I confess they have gotten me out of many a jam when writing. Sometimes I use photos, sometimes I will look at quotes. For me there is a prompts for any problem I have.When I am writing my haiku the ideas may come from one of my photos or perhaps I have read something that grabs my attention. It could be a first line of a poem or a random sentence from a book that I open. The point is, when I have a ‘writers block‘ there will be a way to kick-start my writing.
When I was working on my novel, my character would not always give me anything to work with. Since I was on the clock to get this written, I would go to a daily horoscope and see what should be happening that day. True to form, I would find something that would set the juices flowing and create more conflict.
Sometimes I just need a little extra color to a piece. My favorite go to is the old newspapers. They are gold mines of information that could be just what I need to add just that extra something to bring the world to life. I remember reading about a gentleman who would try to find gold by using a metal divining rod. What a great add to my short story set in the gold fields of the 1890’s.
There are also great online sources for prompts. The following are some of my favorites and you can easily access them also.
Since committing to writing and posting five days a week, prompts have been a major part of my writing life. There are times when just a word or idea is enough, other times I need a little extra push. When that happens a writing prompt will show up and save the day.
Here is to all the writers out there, happy writing and don’t forget to use the tools that the world has to offer.