Just 21 Writing Prompts

table_accessories_old_notebook_pen_80714_5300x3524I feel like this time of the year is when people start dropping behind on their New Years’ Resolutions. (I certainly have.)

A lot of people, me included, made resolutions/goals to write more this year. Luckily for some, you might be doing a great job at sticking to that. Sadly, not everybody is. Therefore, I have created a list of 21 writing prompts for you to use at your leisure. Feel free to link me to anything to write based from these in the comments, and I’ll be happy to read it. 🙂

PS If write anything to do with these prompts, the pieces will be published on my other blog. Feel free to check it out! ❤  Continue reading “Just 21 Writing Prompts”

Using Words For Inspiration

So last week I did a post on Using Images For Inspiration. This week, however, I’m using words.

Obviously, words are the things that we use in novels (aside from Chopsticks, which, by the way, is very good (although I guess that raises the question of if it is a novel, but that’s for another time)). But some people do overlook them as a source for inspiration, especially in interesting ways…

Writing Magazine has a competition where they give you the first and last line and you write the end of the story.

You could always be given the plot and fill in the gaps?

Perhaps if you invent a lot of prompts, whenever you feel your writing pool becoming dry, you can just use one of those!

Listen. Listen around you, write down conversations. Something someone says, even in passing, may set of a spark in your brain. You never know, it could be the next best seller and you could be thanking the woman who stood behind you in the queue.

Google is, once again, your best friend. There are plenty of writing prompts on Tumblr, especially!

Ask people. Say, “hey, tell me something to write a story about.” Ask a few different people and mash them all together.

And I promised you guys last week a word generator, and here it is! (warning, contains flashing images) Have some fun with it!

Another thing you can try is the NaNoWriMo YWP front page and press ‘Dare Me!’ on the Dare Machine. Such fun!

Have fun with your words, guys!

(Next week… writing and music?)

Using Images For Inspiration

Using Images for Inspiration

Images, be it from pictures, artwork, or an impression you gain from someone (this is the actual definition), can be a great source of inspiration for your writing. Take this one, that I found on Tumblr yesterday and managed to get two stories out of:

Image courtesy of Tumblr
Image courtesy of Tumblr

It doesn’t seem like much, but when you use the 5 W’s and 1 H, you suddenly get so much out of it.  (Those 5 W’s and 1 H are, by the way: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How.)

And, better still, whatever you create from the image you find is completely, utterly and entirely yours to use as you will, with no copyright issues! Yay!

A great place, I’ve found, for picture prompts is Tumblr, but you can also try Pinterest, We Heart It, or just about any photo sharing site. If you’re looking for a specific topic – such as animals – then you can use Google Images (so, “cats in hats” would make for an interesting story or article!), but this can be a bit vague and give you lots of word prompts if you just search “writing prompts”.

Basically, images give you so much. I got two separate stories, with the MC even in different stages of life (ok so in one she was murdered and the other sleeping) from the picture above. Imagine what you can do with two images, or five!


And here’s some pictures from my ‘Prompts’ folder on my laptop for you to enjoy:

 

Next week: word prompts and a really cool word prompt generator…thing. (Of course I am a writer with a vast array of vocabulary, what are you talking about?!)