For a lot of writers the hardest part is the beginning. Having unlimited possibilities for what you can write about can be paralyzing at times. Even with an idea in mind, you can still get stuck on how to start. That is one of the reasons writing prompts can be really helpful, leading to their popularity and prevalence.
Personally, I own at least a handful of prompt books and am always bookmarking new ones I see posted online. Working with them constantly I was inspired to think up a few of my own. I decided to put them all together in a small ebook. As a thank you for signing up to my newsletter I’m offering the book as a free download.
The book includes 40 different prompts and includes titles, random words and phrases and visual prompts.
Here’s a small sample of what to expect.
- Write a story to go with the following title — Hospital On The Hill
- WAVES — There are lots of different kinds, ocean waves, brain waves, radio waves, etc. Pick one and write about it.
- How about you set a story here
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I have a life pretty much filled with clutter. This is as much mental as it is physical. I have recently come to the realization that this clutter has become a hurtle to overcome when it comes to my writing. I’m sure some of this will sound familiar to others. Here’s a fun little list of things that stand in my way.
- Notebooks upon notebooks half full of writing, ideas and half done poems that I would love to be able to go through to get some inspiration.
- Scraps of paper poem lines, short story ideas, scenes, and random dialog.
- Folders full of school papers that should be edited to use for publication.
- Then there are the piles of random other junk. At the moment my bedroom looks like a tornado just passed through.
- First thing in the morning my mind get filled with the redundant task of everyday like, check email, shower, myspace, howework, work, etc.
- In the back of my mind I’m always questioning how I’m going to get my bills paid.
- Right after that I begin the worry of needing to find a decent paying job. Keeping in mind that I would like it to be a job that I actually like.
While all that runs through my mind I still have all the other worries that I’m pretty sure every other person in their 20’s has. I do have periods of time where I am able to push everything aside and get some writing done. But it seems to be getting harder and harder lately.
It would be great to hear if anybody else has these same issues. It would also be great to get some advice on how to deal with it.