Relaxing at Barnes and Noble Bookstore on a Friday night always results in “writing” research for my brain. Sometimes I’m like a sponge and can’t get enough information about how to be a better writer. Then other times I just vegetate. A couple of weeks ago, I was in sponge mode and found an issue of The Writer Magazine and started taking notes on whatever I could find. I always need more ideas for my weekly editorial articles so I read about more prompts to help me get ideas. Accumulating writing prompts tucked away for a rainy day is very helpful and this is what I found:
Ten Prompts for More Writing Ideas:
- Turn on the TV or radio for a few seconds and write down the first phrase you hear. Then write for a half hour about that phrase.
- You discover a loose floorboard in a corner of your attic. Write about what is underneath.
- Imagine the best or worst possible thing you could receive as a gift from someone and write about opening the package and how you would feel about receiving that gift.
- Think of a favorite accessory or piece of clothing from your past: hat, scarf, glove, belt, or buckle. Write on the images you see. Or choose a picture (like some I have posted) and write about how it makes you feel.
- Recall a place from your childhood that intrigued or frightened you. Describe.
- Your phone rings in the middle of the night. What happens in the next ten minutes?
- Pick up a minor character from a favorite movie or TV show and explore the main plot from that character’s point of view.
- Plan the perfect crime…..you have ten minutes.
- Describe the first time you drove a car.
- You find a bomb in an unlikely place. Timer says 10 minutes. Now what?
So there you have it.
Ten ideas for a story or just practice.