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More Writing Prompts . . .

Some folks feel “Writing Prompts” is an overused phrase, suggesting “Self-Assignments” is a “nicer” way to indicate that many writers need a jolt to get over the dark depression called “Writer’s Block”.

Back in March, I had a post here called All Kinds of Writing Prompts . . . in which I said:

“Prompting can come from more than a word or two. It may be a sentence heard or read, an article or essay, or even a complete book that Prompts the writer to take things in their own literary direction

There’s a fascinating site referenced in that post that has full stories that can be used to get the creative writer moving.

One response to that post is worth replicating here:

“I have blocks on rare occasions, but they’re never lacks of ideas so much as a lack of inspiration to work on the ones I have. All a prompt is going to do is add another idea to not write about to the list — lol”

Perhaps that writer needs more “Reason To Write”—more confidence in their ability to say things that are valuable to others

Of course, a writer doesn’t have to imagine they suffer from writer’s block to use writing prompts; and, the wide world outside the writer’s cave has a plethora of prompts—moving, breathing, blooming, careening prompts

But, I do understand the situation, most deeply and personally, of a writer who would rather stay in the cave and reach out electronically.


Even though it’s easy enough to put “writing prompts” into Google and become deluged with options, here are a few of my Picks:

Easy Street Prompts — with picture and video prompts plus random words.

Visual Writing Prompts — which isn’t actually only visual and could be considered to have “plot prompts” or even “I Dare You to Write” Prompts.

writing prompts — is a wonderful collection of words and images, creativiely juxtaposed and offered by a teacher who has a Wish List on Amazon for their students <<< you can buy books for the kids :-)

The Time Is Now — from one of my Best Friend’s favorite Sites, Poets & Writers—with Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction Prompts; plus, a side-bar with various writers’ methods of inspiration.

Creative Writing Prompts — is a real grab-bag of highly-varied prompts.

Have any favorite writing prompt spaces or techniques?

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