Feeling creatively blocked? Chances are, you need a little nudge with some creative writing prompts!
Writing prompts are a useful strategy used by many authors. It’s a great way to keep your writing muscles in shape.
Let’s look at five of the best writing prompts from The Write Practice.
1. Six-Word Stories
Six-word story writing prompts have been around for a long time. Every day, hundreds of writers flock to play the six-word story hashtag game on Writer.ly Twitter.
Even Ernest Hemingway reportedly wrote six-word story prompts. So how does one go about telling a story without telling an entire story? And then use it as a writing prompt? The Write Practice has a simple solution. We encourage you to take a look!
2. Write a Fake Adage Origin
Sarah Gribble from The Write Practice thinks faking the origins of an old adage can be a perfect writing prompt. She starts off with the adage: “Don’t wear white after Labor Day” and wonders if people really did wear white after Labor Day.
She asks: “Were aliens attracted to all the bright white, causing them to come in for an invasion? Were large groups of people blinded from the sun reflecting off the white clothes and the snow?”
We think that’s an awesome line of thinking for a writing prompt!
3. Random Title Challenge
This title challenge from The Write Practice is a fun way to overcome your creative block. And it’s only a four-step process.
The writer, Jeff Elkins, admits that many of his favorite short stories were a product of a fun and challenging title.
4. Root Through Their “Junk Drawers”
Having trouble developing nuanced characters? Author Sarah Gribble from the Write Practice recommends junk drawers as a great place to start.
Why? Because junk drawers are a gateway to a person’s life. It collects forgotten things: sentimental things without any substantial value, things we don’t want to part with but have no other place to go, or things we stuffed inside in a mad rush to clean our rooms.
Dig these things out of your characters’ junk drawers and discover who they truly are.
5. Secrets We Bury
Burying a secret in a character, literally or figuratively, is a great way to build intrigue and keep the reader hooked.
How do we go about it? What are literal burials and figurative burials? Sue Weems from The Write Practice unearths the secrets to characterization in this post.
Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.
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