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Writing Prompts (Part 1): Try some of these out!

Writing prompts are helpful tools that can show you your strengths and weakness in the way you write. Essentially, writing prompts give you ideas to find out what you think, what you want to write about, and strengthen your writing skills. I will be posting new writing prompts two to three times a month for you to try. I will always try to make a variety of them, so there will hopefully be one to match your writing interests.

As an example, here are a few writing prompts that I thought of yesterday when I began thinking about what it is that I want to write next in my lifelong writing journey…

Prompt #1

Turn to pg. 35 on whatever book it is that you are reading. Copy down the very last line or two of the book. From there, start free writing a story starting with the line(s) of that book you were reading. You might be surprised to find that there’s a story there.

Purpose: The purpose of this exercise is to show you how to brainstorm, as well as how something so mundane as a line or two from another story can create new parallels and ideas in your own writing.

Prompt#2

Take a devastating event that you have heard of recently and make it fictional. Take the emotions, the people, and the actions of that event and make it fiction. Turn it into what ever it is that you want it to be about; however, don’t forget to keep the affects, effects, and emotions from the real event within the story, or scene.

Purpose: The purpose of this exercise is to show you how to capture a moment in time and how to capture the real emotions and feelings of that moment. This will help to improve your ability to strengthen your emotional stakes in the stories you write.

Prompt #3

Take the lyrics and music of your favorite song, or pick a song at random, and free write a story out of the lyrics.

Purpose: The purpose of this exercise is to show you how important your imagination is because all stories start within your mind. They manifest in ideas, such as song lyrics, and you create them with your imagination, and give them life as stories.

More prompts coming soon…

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