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POV of a toy sitting on a shelf in a toy store, hoping to be purchased. Melissa Donovan on July 20, at pm. That could be enlightening indeed! Nick Danger on August 1, at pm. Melissa Donovan on August 1, at pm. Thanks for adding this prompt, Nick. Jessy on August 1, at pm. Melissa Donovan on August 2, at pm. Thanks for sharing that prompt, Jessy. Jalen Kinmon on August 22, at pm.

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McKie on September 6, at pm. Melissa Donovan on September 7, at pm. You are most welcome! Emily on September 2, at pm. You are very welcome, Emily, and best of luck on your exams. Nicole on September 26, at pm. Melissa Donovan on September 29, at pm. Summer on October 5, at am. Melissa Donovan on October 5, at pm. Yarrow Stronski on October 8, at am. Yarrow Reply. Melissa Donovan on October 10, at pm. Art on October 10, at am. Best of luck to you, Art! Alyssa on October 13, at pm. Down the hall, Alexis and Christine exchanged grins… Reply. Keep up the good work!

Ashlee on October 19, at pm. Thank you so much!!! Melissa Donovan on October 24, at pm. Melanie Jones on November 2, at pm. Melissa Donovan on November 3, at pm. I hope your quest for inspiration is fruitful! And keep writing! Emily on November 6, at pm. Melissa Donovan on November 8, at am.

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Christi on November 6, at pm. Alli on November 8, at am. Desmond on November 9, at am. Melissa Donovan on November 10, at pm. Ooh, sounds like a zombie, robot, or vampire story. Samantha on November 14, at pm. Melissa Donovan on November 15, at am. Thanks for sharing your prompt, Samantha, and good luck to you!

Hannah on November 16, at am. KJS on November 20, at pm. Melissa Donovan on November 22, at pm. Maria on November 27, at pm. Melissa Donovan on November 29, at pm. Wow, thanks, Maria. Julz on November 30, at pm. Melissa Donovan on December 1, at pm. Good luck with your December writing! Melissa Donovan on December 4, at pm. Cass on December 9, at am. Hi, I have found these prompts really helpful for the English lessons that I teach.

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Many thanks. Melissa Donovan on December 12, at pm. Melissa Donovan on January 9, at pm. Thanks for adding your ideas to these prompts! Rochelle on January 18, at pm. Melissa Donovan on January 19, at am. Yazzy on February 18, at pm. I found like 5 great writing prompts thank u so much Reply. You are so welcome! Melissa Donovan on February 26, at pm. Anna on March 1, at pm. Melissa Donovan on March 3, at pm. Thanks, Anna. Ebony on March 7, at pm. Melissa Donovan on March 8, at am. Thanks, Ebony! Molly Sue on March 9, at pm. Melissa Donovan on March 11, at pm.

Sounds interesting, Molly! Good luck with your story, and keep writing! Maluly on March 12, at am. Melissa Donovan on March 12, at am. Melissa Donovan on June 14, at pm. I agree: just go for it. CJM on March 13, at am. Oh yeah, and one more: 6 Write something from the perspective of the BAD guy, instead of the hero Reply. Melissa Donovan on March 13, at pm. I love when stories do this! Thanks for adding it, CJM. Lily Duval on March 14, at pm. Melissa Donovan on March 15, at pm. Arieda on March 22, at pm. Melissa Donovan on March 23, at am. Hannah on May 6, at pm. Melissa Donovan on May 8, at pm.

Melissa Donovan on April 4, at pm. Julia on April 23, at pm. Melissa Donovan on April 24, at am. Patty on April 25, at pm. Melissa Donovan on April 27, at pm. Jeff on May 9, at am. Awesome post: Thanks so much, really helped! Peace-Jeff Reply. Melissa Donovan on May 10, at pm. Thanks, Jeff! Melody on May 9, at pm. Hi Melody! Thanks for adding your prompts to this ever-growing list!

Shannon on May 17, at pm. Best of luck to you… Reply. Melissa Donovan on May 17, at pm. Conner R. Melissa Donovan on May 19, at pm. Thanks for sharing your poem with us, Conner. Dido Lawrence on June 16, at am. Jenny Hutcherson on June 16, at am. Afshin on June 17, at am. Melissa Donovan on June 22, at pm. Caitlyn on June 26, at pm. Melissa Donovan on June 27, at pm. Mack Jordan on June 27, at am. Embarrassing moments always make for good storytelling. Enjoy your new typewriter! Susanna on July 2, at pm. Melissa Donovan on July 3, at am. Cass on July 4, at am. I have had writers block for months now.

This site has helped me so much! Melissa Donovan on July 5, at pm. Luci on July 6, at pm. Melissa Donovan on July 8, at pm. I love music-literature crossovers. Taylor on July 7, at am. Thanks for commenting. Mera Sampson on July 16, at pm. Great prompts. I shared 9 with my page for a fun writing exercise about an hour ago.

Great response! Thanks for sharing one of these prompts with your readers. I hope they have fun with it. Liana C. Melissa Donovan on July 19, at pm. Love it. This is awesme. Melissa Donovan on July 27, at pm. Melissa Donovan on July 30, at pm. Janus on August 1, at am.

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Though it IS kind of weird, because non of the prompts have anything to do with it… My, how strangely the mind works… Reply. Melissa Donovan on August 1, at am. Tierrney on August 28, at pm. Whoops I meant prize Reply. Melissa Donovan on August 30, at pm. Congrats on winning a prize. Sarah on September 20, at pm. Melissa Donovan on September 21, at pm. Try throwing some conflict at your main character. Kathleen on September 21, at am. Melissa Donovan on September 23, at pm.

Thanks for your kind words, Kathleen. Good luck with your project. Congratulations on getting such a good grade! Khaled Syfullah on October 26, at am. Shreya Jain on October 29, at am. A toy, stuffed animal, or game that once meant a lot to me Why I deserve a larger allowance The book that got me hooked on reading This really bugs me. One thing I want to do by the time I finish 8th grade I would like to have lived during this time in history. Thanks for adding these writing prompts, Shreya. Kiara on June 12, at pm.

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Start your story with: Jessica had no choice. She closed her eyes and jumped. You might be surprised. Meeper on August 25, at am. Here one possibly What if you woke up one day with no memories in a strange world where nobody was who they said they were? Meredith on September 4, at pm. Melissa Donovan on September 11, at am. Thanks, Meredith! Lindsey Russell on October 27, at pm. The blogger receives no compensation for mentioning… fun for writers Starla Kaye - [ CWE 11 icanseealotoflifeinyou - [ The Bloggity Blog of Scott J.

Clemons - [ All these questions and so much more you can ask yourself whilst free writing. Best done over the phone as doing this in person would come across as quite rude. Whereas, over the phone, you can simply say you will call them back. The idea of this exercise is that it takes you abruptly out of a conversational state and straight into writing mode, with no break in between.

The freewriting then allows you to explore this transition without judgement. The beauty is you can write about the experience or what you were dreaming about, how it differs to daytime. Try it! Part of the reason we become writers is we try to give words to things that are indescribable. Just write about emotions that make you feel most strongly. Try and think of the specific scenarios that inspire those emotions and then capture how you feel in those moments. This one can be a nightmare logistically. But, being immersed in water can provide new avenues for your freewriting that may be unexplored.

Much the same as before, the idea is to write about how you feel, evoke a sense of what is happening around you. What does water sound like? How would you feel if you dropped your notebook in the water? All these questions can spark your freewriting. Writing prompts are for people who would rather sit on the sideline than get in the game.

You want to know how really great musicians get really great? They play a lot of shows. They book a concert. They force themselves to practice in public. Put away the writing prompts and write something that matters today. Yes, this is scary. But it is also how you get very good. Of course, you could always do both — use a writing prompt and ship. Do you use writing prompts? Why or why not? Share your experiences in the comments. Excellent Jeff! I feel the same way about numerous make-work projects in the writing world.

Thanks for telling it like it is. Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. Regarding prompts,I never used to use them. Which has been helping quite a bit. The Write Practice has helped me get jump-started a couple of times when I was stuck. I think I used a real prompt from a book once.

It just felt fake to me. On one hand, I think it can be a good way to get started with writing. If someone wants to start a blog, that can be a way to start the daily discipline of sitting down and putting words down in a document. So that can be good. I like trying to think about a unique way to use the one word — it stirs creativity in me to be both bound by a word and freed by the same.

And I like the community that is created around everyone writing on that single topic. However, I think prompts can also become a huge crutch if you never move beyond them. So yeah, I like prompts. The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes. They sure can cost a bit. Reminds me of a post I read once about businesses who incorporate way too many meetings to talk about what needs to be done instead of spending less time talking about it and more time doing it.

Too many meetings or writing prompts distract us from actually sitting down and accomplishing the goal. Thanks for the reminder. To write with passion requires a subject that inspires passion and thoughts about it that are burning to get out. I think I worded that more strongly than I should have. I never liked them much, either. Good post — and encouraging! I have used writing prompts on occasion.

I kind of see them as a warm up, like stretching before a work out. But I do see how they can be used to hide behind. They keep stretching. Not using writing prompts is like saying Liberace did not need to practice playing the piano. He practiced four hours every day. Hi Wayne. Thanks for the comment. I wanted to stir up some conversation and challenge some assumptions about writing.

So I appreciate your disagreement. I really do. I am a fan of practice; I tried to make that clear in the post. A lot of writers use prompts to hide. Liberace practiced, because he was preparing to perform. Writers need to do the same. This is a very interesting post. Jeff you are very correct. Writers need to move beyond the exercise and ship the work. But we should also responds to what prompts us to write.

Catherine, I love the idea that anything can prompt you to write. I agree. I get prompted every day by what I see, hear, and experience. This post was directed at the use of written prompts to help writers get started. Individuals should use whatever works best for them but I agree with Jeff on this one my personal opinion.

Whatever works. Yet, they keep using them. Sounds like insanity to me. I tend to be content with expressing my thoughts and being transparent, so I feel like I run out of things to say or repeat myself ad nauseum , and so prompts broaden my horizon a bit. I read about a musician who was not the best singer, but he performed and sang anyways.

He says that after 1, live shows, he voiced changed and he was able to sing well. He actually learned how to sing, something I thought would be impossible, by singing.

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A friend of mine turned me on to your site and it was exactly what I needed to help me find that mojo I seemed to have lost. It helps me be me, but better — without fear and writing for myself once more. Thank you! I have mixed feelings about this post. This time round, I find it sounding a tad hostile.

They are usually my most favourite from yours, especially when sometimes you say something that many people would find it unpleasant to read upon. I find that sentence is unneccesary. I like that the main thing you are conveying is doing the real work, which is shipping. Yet I do not agree that shipping should be done right away. Certain amount of practice still has to be accumlated, and writing prompts help a lot, because it is a form of practice. Personally, I find most writers hide by not writing more than using prompt. At least the writer bothers to write.

Not writing is way more dangerous. The beginning is always fragile, and must be handle with care.

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Baby steps are vital for beginners, and is the critical point before people gain the momentum, the faith, and the required skills to do the shipping. I still think the skills need to be fulfilled to a certain standard before the shipping can be done. After all, when it comes to shipping, the audience is the world, not simply writing to family, friends or privately. No matter what, somehow the market has to be put into concern if one must ship. And they worked all right, I guess.

If they work for you, good; keep using them. What do you think of that stance? Do you see your blog more as a laboratory for experiments in writing, and does blogging—or practicing publicly—distract you from other writing projects? Blogging is an opportunity. Nothing more, nothing less. You can use that opportunity to sloppily release whatever you want, or you can use it to publish yourself before others will and demonstrate that you have what it takes.

Of course, we see both on the Web. There are plenty of loudmouths with a blogging who are just contributing to the noise of the Internet.

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And then there are those who are careful about what they say and share their ideas with excellence. The evidence for the latter group is obvious: writers who are doing this are partnering with publishers to amplify their voices. Rather, I try to serve the community and use it as a sounding board for new ideas.