I’ve been passing over writing prompts for some months, but I took on a challenge on January 25 from Stine Writing where we had to write something about a picture the site posted. It was called the Six Minute Challenge where you could write a short story or a sonnet. But you only had six minutes to do it in. Ironically I came up with a sonnet entitled Happy Kingdom. I found it to be quite stimulating as it challenged my thought processes and displayed how impromptu, as a writer, we should be in coming up with ideas off the cuff. I never understood how quickly Robin Williams could take a subject out of thin air and run with it. He was the master of improvisation. Basically, writing prompts place you in that same category just on a different level.

Writing prompts, depending on what type they are, can be very challenging and sometimes even mind-boggling. Especially those with a time or word limit. You will find everything from writing a 55-word poem describing the weather to “If you could push a reset button on one part of your life what would it be and why? A lot of websites are using these writing prompts as tools to not only promote their websites but also aid the reader in a better writing experience. Reedsy has a topic entitled “The Ultimate List of 100+ Creative Writing Exercises for Fiction Authors.” They also have a weekly writing prompt contest that pays $250 via Paypal. That’s enough inspiration to get those neurons moving with a pencil in hand or those fingers on the keys.

Personally, I think these writing prompts are very helpful in exercising your thought process and strengthening your creative writing skills. Creative writing is all about using your imagination and creativity to express ideas and thoughts in a way that is personal to you. So these writing prompts help you to create answers from your own perspective. Where the writing prompt may be a picture, one person could write a short story and you might write a poem or sonnet. There is no right or wrong answer. It hinges on how you view it unless the prompt has time constraints or is more subject-specific.

To me, three major points of using writing prompts are (1) they allow you to exercise your creative juices while (2) simultaneously helping you discover or re-discover your writing rhythm. (3) By diligently using them will help you to remedy that make-believe monster called writer’s block. This practicality is necessary for getting you back on the right track or improving your writing prowess—which is another source of true writing inspiration if you sincerely want to share words that matter.

Other links that may interest you.

For those professionals out there. Can you tackle the challenge in the block above? If you do post the link in the comment box below and I will be honored to read or perhaps even post one or all this week. Happy hunting! Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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