This post was written specifically for the #AuthorToolboxBlogHop
You know what it’s like. You’re sitting there, pen in hand (or fingers on the keyboard, whatever your preferred method is) and a blank page in front of you. You have a bunch of ideas in your head but, for whatever reason, you’re just not putting any words together. So you end up staring at your page/screen and going nowhere.
One thing that I’ve found to be very useful in situations like this are writing prompts and challenges.
Now, chances are whatever prompt you decide to try (and there really shouldn’t be any shortage of them; I’ll talk about where & how to find them below), it’s not immediately going to relate to whatever it was you initially wanted to write. That’s okay. Maybe switching gears a little will help you unlock whatever’s giving you pause. But if it is something you can work into what you were trying to write, then so much the better.
Ultimately (and this is only my opinion, of course), whether or not the prompts help with your main WIP in progress is beside the point. What they do, is get you writing something and, almost as importantly, encourages flexibility in your writing. And I think that is something that can only benefit you.
If you are wanting to try out some writing prompts, whether you think they’ll help you or just for the hell of it, then there’s a number of places you can find them. There are several posted daily on Twitter; usually just one or two word suggested themes. A quick way to help keep track of these would be to follow Free Writing Events who collects and posts the various hashtags along with assorted other information.
If you want something with a bit more to go on, then Writer’s Digest has a weekly prompt, as well as offering a collection available to download (signup to the newsletter required) and Reddit has a collection of suggestions. Aside from those, a simple Google search should turn up plenty of other options for you to choose from.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to continue working on the short story prompted by terribleminds.com‘s latest flash fiction challenge.
Don’t forget to look out for other #AuthorToolboxBlogHop articles. And happy writing.