Sometimes we just get stuck. No matter what happens, no ideas come. No magic is flying from the fingertips. Or worse, we are up to our armpits in our current WIP, but are bored as hell...what do all of these scenerios have in common?
A need for writing prompts!
Writing prompts can be a great way to get your creative juices flowing. Not all writing prompts will speak to everyone, but usually a "good" prompt (for you), is that one that gets your brain juice pumping, brings a smile to your lips, and has you laughing about the "what-if" outcomes you're dreaming up.
So today I wanted to give you five fun websites for great writing prompts:
Writing Prompts that Don't Suck -641 writing prompts to choose from. Surely there is something for everyone?
Writer's digest prompts--hundreds of prompts "perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout"
25 more prompts--my favorite: "The nation is controlled by..." My answer would be pugs. The nation is controlled by pugs...
Prompts not just for the fiction folk, but for nonfiction writers and poets too
Lastly, I love #8. "Google is a real person that you must talk to in order to search the internet" (Kory adds: and you don't like this person). heh.
Kory Adds Ten Off the Top of Her Head
1) A part of your body just fell off. (Don't think about it! Name the first part that came to mind). What will you do now?
2) A talking animal just showed up to give you a dire warning. What did it say? Why? And of course, what is the animal?
3) Write a story from the POV of your smart phone or laptop.
4) You woke up in the body of your ex. What will you do?
5) You are in the shower and the bathroom door flies open. It is <insert favorite literary character here>. What happens? (Feel free to turn this into erotica ;)
6) You come home and find your house is gone. Actually...this whole neighborhood looks a little different....
7) A talking gourd, a space alien, and a Jehovah Witness walk into a bar...
8) You wake up with hands that are not hands. How do you go about your day? (This will be funniest if you act like the --whatever you have instead of hands--is normal.
9) You realize you've switched places with your favorite literary character at a crucial moment in the plot. What will you do differently?
10) I turn to you and say: "How are we going to explain the ____________?" You say: ___________.