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4 Reasons to Use Writing Prompts

Morning day dreamers,

I hope you are all well.

This past week has been very busy, I’ve had work every day for 8 hours, lots of uni studying to do and lots of other plans with family and friends. As such, I haven’t had much time for working on my novel, however I am looking forward to doing more editing this week.

As I have very little writing experience to draw off of this week, I’m focusing this blog post on reasons to use writing prompts. Writing prompts tend to offer a basic story idea that allows you draw on your own imagination and really inspire you to put pen to paper. Most of the time, people use writing prompts to write a flash fiction piece or a short story, however you never know how your idea might expand and grow into something more.

Here’s four reasons why you should give writing prompts a try.

1. Try Something New
A writing prompt could encourage you to write a story that you wouldn’t have attempted before. It could inspire you to create something in an entirely new genre, which in turn will improve your writing style and ability.

2. Confidence Boost
If you’re working on a big project, such as a novel or series, it can be a long time before you feel comfortable to share any of your work with other people. When you use a writing prompt, you work on something less personal than your main project, and you may find it easier to put your words out there. This way, you can gain feedback on your writing, and hopefully feel more confident when it comes to sharing your main works in the future.

3. Beat Writer’s Block
When writer’s block hits it can be a good idea to take a step back from your work in progress. But writers must write and rather than falling into a slump, you can use a prompt to ensure that you’re still using your creative mind.

4. Practice
Practice makes perfect and pushing yourself to write new things is a great way to challenge your mind. Writing prompts can be use to create very short writing pieces, which means you can use them as creative exercises alongside your main projects.
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There’s a lot of places you can find writing prompts, thanks to the wonderful writing community online. On my instagram account (@uninspiredwriters) I post prompts frequently, and some of the favourites can be found here too.


Do you use writing prompts? Do they work for you? Perhaps you know of somewhere/someone who posts really inspiring prompts? I’d love to hear your thoughts so please comment below.

Keep writing,
M
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13 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Use Writing Prompts”

  1. I love using writing prompts! As well as your amazing ones, that have inspired parts of my wip and got me out of my writing slumps, I really enjoy prompts from writing.prompt.s on instagram! They have some really weird ones sometimes, which I like!

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  2. Oops** hit send before i was ready! Lol

    They really do make you take a step out of your comfort zone sometimes, which is always good to do.

    I love writing my flash fiction pieces. The best thing about them is, they don’t need to be anything fantastic. They get me writing, imagining, which is what I need.

    I’ve written some of my favorite pieces inspired by your prompts. ❀

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    1. You do write such amazing flash fiction! And I think with prompts we can loosen up a little as there’s no pressure to edit them or anything. They’re quite raw, which only highlights your talent for writing πŸ™‚

      And thank you, that’s so kind!

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  3. I haven’t specifically tried to use writing prompts (such as looking at a list of prompts and choosing one or working on a specific prompt), but I have had readers make suggestions for future stories (in my fan fiction series). Often those suggestions take root and turn into a new story. Sometimes they stay fairly close to the suggestion, but sometimes they get a life of their own and go off in another direction.

    I am a fan of suggestions or even visual prompts (I’ve written stories based on a single picture also). I may not actively seek them out, but I don’t hesitate to use them when they present themselves. If was feeling adrift in my writing, I wouldn’t be averse to reading through prompts to see if anything moved me.

    Good list you have here, and I especially like #1 and 4. Different stories have different requirements, so writing something you don’t usually write can stretch your skills. Some stories want to be written First Person POV, but some have to be Third Person POV in order to tell the story. Writing period fiction is very different from writing modern day non-fiction.

    Take inspiration wherever you can get it, is my policy!

    – Deandra

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