Writing Prompt Contest

Many writers are visual creators. In other words, they picture their scenes much like a movie, then write the text.

It’s okay if you don’t create that way—neither do I. But we must be observers of life and then be able to relate those observances to our audience.

To that end, I’m posting a picture today to serve as a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing on this Monday morning. [Read more…]

A Writing Prompt to Spur Your Creativity

doorway

We all know writing every day helps you improve as a writer. But maybe you aren’t working on any project in particular right now, so here’s a picture to prompt your creativity for today’s writing.

  • How can you apply this picture to a verse of Scripture for a devotional?
  • What opportunity or obstacle would this doorway present to a protagonist, to an antagonist in your next fiction book?
  • How could you use this doorway as a lead-in for a personal experience article?

Now set a timer for 15 minutes, put on some music if you like, and then sit down at your laptop or take up paper and pencil and just start writing. Don’t stop until that timer dings.

Whatever genre you write, let your imagination skip, leap, and frolic through this doorway.

When you’re done, share the first sentence or two (or three) of your blurb in the comments so we can give each other feedback. I’ll share my first line later on today.

A New Take on Writing Prompts

Until today I balked at writing prompts. After all if I’m going to use my time and creative gray cells, I want to be working on my own ideas. But today, thanks to a snowstorm and a niece, I have a new opinion.

Why Use Prompts?

  • Free writing from a prompt can help get your creative engine running and ready to tackle your present WIP.
  • Using prompts on a regular basis will help you develop the discipline of writing regularly and develop your writing skills.
  • As you ponder a writing prompt new story ideas find their way into your idea book to be more fully developed at a later date—unless you are ready to begin a new project right now (my personal favorite).

So here’s my writing prompt to you (straight from my personal Facebook page):

Snow is falling thick and fast, and in the darkness of pre-dawn morning, it looks like fog.

Where does your imagination take you? Romance, mystery, thriller, memoir? What plot ideas present themselves? Who are your characters? What danger, if any, are they facing?

The first three people to leave relevant comments will receive free feedback on 1000 words of their WIP or magazine article.

Debra L. Butterfield © 2013

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