I Love Writing Prompts!
I’ve always heard writers talking about writing prompts to help them with their writing routine, but I never really gave it much thought. I always felt that if I was writing, it should be on my blogs or writing projects. What could frivolous writing do for me?
How wrong I was. I joined a group this year where you set a writing goal. My goal is 1,000 words per day. Should be easy right? Think again. The first few days were the hardest, I was still working out the kinks of my newest WIP, and I had nothing to help me get my word count in. I mean I have my blogs, but after about three posts, I was drained with writing them.
Then I remembered writing prompts. I talked it over with myself and decided to give it a try. The first one was kind of stiff, just me going through the motions. But, I did get my word count in for that day. I also noticed that writing creatively on something that had no pressure of publication opened up my creative mind for my WIP too. Just taking the pressure off of myself and letting the words flow lifted the blockade I had been facing for over a month.
As the days went on, I found my creative energy easier and easier to tap into. Now, I am working on my WIP a few days a week, and also doing writing prompts a few days, and let me tell you, some of those prompts seem promising for future projects.
So, if you were like me and think writing prompts are frivolous writing, I challenge you to take the test and see if they actually help your professional writing. Pick a prompt and let the words flow. Don’t worry about showing vs telling or adverbs and using was too much, just type or write away.
If you don’t see an improvement within a few weeks, what have you lost? But, if like me, you notice the advantages and use them to further your professional writing career, then you have found a goldmine for future ideas and a way to really get your writing routine in motion.
There are plenty of free writing prompts out there. Writer’s Digest has them as well as many other sites. I just typed in free creative writing prompts, and I found a huge list to keep my occupied all year long.