Today I’m going to start a new series for Writer’s Wednesday on writing prompts…I know some writers use prompts daily to ‘start’ the juices. I’m not that but I do occasionally like to do prompts, mostly when I’m ‘stuck’. I use the prompt as a free writing tool to let my mind wander (like it doesn’t do it enough on it’s own that I need to encourage this behavior).
The series I’m doing is how to turn a magazine into a writer’s prompt journal. I came up with the idea last week as I sat at the beach relaxing and thumbing through the pages of the latest InStyle magazine. I often use magazines to make story boards/pages for a story I’m working on but I realized a lot of the pages sparked different ideas. For example, here is the second page of the magazine….
My plan is to focus on the same character through out the magazine. I don’t know her name yet (I struggle with names) but I do know that
- she has a daughter – one of the phases above the admit one ticket is… she lures men to their death to protect her daughter. I’m not sure what that means exactly.
- I know her eyes are going to have something to do with the story…
- My hero is aware of the stakes because one of the lines in my free writing is…He has one chance to save her …
I’m going to definitely use the next two pages and I plan on doing those this week so make sure to check back to see how the prompts are going.
Do you use writing prompts? If so what kind are they and when?