There must be a million different prompt books and websites out there. And about as many uses for them. I know writers who begin their day with prompt – a prime the pump thing. While I use writing prompts it’s not a daily thing, a weekly thing, or even a monthly thing. It’s a when as a pantser, I need to get the heck out of the rabbit hole thing.
So when I’m sitting in a dark damp hole with spiders and I don’t even want to think what else, where do I find writer prompts to help guide me back into the writer’s light?
I’ve used some books, one of my favorite is 1000 Character Writing Prompts: Villains, Heroes, and Hams…by Bryan Cohen. I would randomly select a number and then do different things – I’ve blog a few of them in the past.
The internet is a wonderful source of writing prompts. Here are three… but of course if you are using writing prompts as a shiny object distraction feel free to google and check out the other sites that come up.
There are also numerous blogs that offer a regular writing prompt to inspire you and where you can, if you wish, post what you’ve written.
There are also many other sites that can, inadvertently, provide a rich seam of material for writing prompts – for example news sites with their intriguing headlines or pictorial sites such as Flickr.com that give you access to a vast range of photographs that can prompt your writing.
If you’re on Twitter, there are users you can follow to receive a stream of prompts.
Another idea is just to keep an eye on all the tweets being written by people all over the world, some of which can, inadvertently, be used as writing prompts. Or just spur creative juices. Or just to satisfy the shiny object disorder