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Put A Little Prompt In Your Writing


Writing is more than putting words down.

Writing is everything you do to find those words—because writing happens in the mind and heart before the words escape

And, there are all kinds of writing prompts:

Nature

Movement

Sounds

Events

News

Stories

Interactions

Music

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I’ve written here before about writing prompts.

I’ve also written about music and writing.

So, there’s this certain song by Pink Floyd that’s a tribute to a band member who passed away—Syd Barrett.

I’ve got a video of this piece below but

I’ll dare you to use the video as a writing prompt.

Whether you listen to the words and let them prompt your own writing.

Or, let the music guide your writing.

Or, write from the emotions you feel.

Or, the thoughts you have

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Where Are All The Writing Prompts?


If someone asked me the question in the title of this post, my first answer would be Life—moving, breathing, blooming, careening writing prompts

Then, I might direct them to these four past posts:

The Most Important Writing Prompt In The World?

All Kinds of Writing Prompts . . .

More Writing Prompts . . .

Is Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” An Extended Writing Prompt?

That last link is particularly appropriate today since I’m going to propose that the music of Björk is ripe with writing prompts.

The video is a documentary about Björk.

In that documentary, she says that all her songs are stories.

So, if you watch the video and don’t come away with at least one solid writing prompt, you might want to reconsider calling yourself a writer :-)


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Is Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” An Extended Writing Prompt?


For that matter, is any music you happen to love a writing prompt?

I heartily encourage my readers who are writers (and, those who are not yet writers) to listen to The Wall

Have a pen and paper or a simple computer note-taker handy

If you don’t get at least one dynamite writing idea, I’ll return your full purchase price :-)

Also, if you’ve heard Pink Floyd and can’t stand them, please tell us in the Comments what music gives you writing ideas

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The Most Important Writing Prompt In The World?


Writers need Prompts—Incentives to set themselves to the task of Creation

Back in April I wrote a post called World Peace ~ Fiction or Reality ?

There’s a video in that post and the man in the video begins with the words of A. E. Houseman:

High upon the hill of summer,

Lazy with the flow of streams,

Hark I hear a distant drummer,

Drumming like a sound in dreams,

Far and near and low and louder on the roads of earth go by,

Dear to friend and food to powder,

Soldiers marching,

Soon to die.

War has been a writing prompt since humanity first spawned authors.

Peace, not so much

My recently published short novel used Peace, and the road to get there, as its incentive for existence.

That post from April said:

“While I absolutely don’t feel and certainly can’t imagine that all creative writers Must labor to weave social issues into their work, I deeply hope more of them will—I think our Human Family deserves it

Do you feel Global Peace is the most important social issue?

Even if you feel it’s the most pressing social concern, do you feel creative writers should use it as a Prompt?

In response to one of the Comments on that post, I said: “My personal feeling is that most folks have the attitude that world peace is completely impossible so why read a book about it

And, if folks don’t want to read books about how to establish peace, why should writers create such books?

Out of a sense of Social Responsibility?

The author Jane Watson commented on that post with these words:

“I think that mankind has been concerned with writing about social issues since we began putting pen to paper, not to sell books, but because writing is a way of connecting and letting people know about issues that are important to the writer—and before the invention of the printing press perhaps we used song and epic poems sung by the bard to talk about these issues.

“Now because of our greater access to the wider world, writers have more global concerns to deal with. The meaning of the word ‘responsibility’ surely implies that you ‘respond’ and take on the consequences of that response and act accordingly.

“Responsibility is an internal process for the individual, it cannot be forced upon them, but it cannot also be ignored by the authentic individual. I guess the question here is, as individuals, should writers still in this day and age read their own hearts correctly and ‘respond’ appropriately to their surroundings? And I would say: Yes.”

So…

Since children can be considered to be the Future of Humanity, I offer you a video that might serve as a writing prompt—an incentive for you or one of your friends—a motivator toward the creation of stories that humanity just might desperately need


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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.

So

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?

Do, please, share them in the Comments :-)
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