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.
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.
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.