Prompts

Prompt #4

Write at least 100 words of someone suddenly becoming blind. While it doesn’t have to be the person whose point of view you’re writing from, I would recommend it. It’s a good exercise in writing the other senses when so many people focus only on what they see. It’s also just fun. Good luck!

 

Prompts

Prompt #3

Pirate Ship!

Yeah, that’s a weird prompt, but they need to get a bit weird sometimes.

Write at least 100 words with a scene involving a pirate ship. Maybe someone got a toy pirate ship, or they were sent back in time and ended up on one. Or maybe someone dressed up as Jack Sparrow for Halloween. Whatever it is, I’m sure it’ll be great.

Good luck!

Prompts

Prompt #2

Suddenly Superpowers!

Try writing at least 100 words about either suddenly gaining or losing superpowers. It could be for your main character or maybe a side character who you just don’t have the best grasp on it yet. Go a little deeper if you can, who are they without the superpowers? Or with superpowers?

Good luck and have fun writing!

Not sure how to use Prompts? You can read our introduction to prompts here.

Prompts

Prompt #1

Drum roll please! The first prompt is…

Red eyes!

Try writing at least 100 words in a scene about red eyes. The easiest way to write a prompt is with pre-existing characters.

Remember, red eyes could be shown in a myriad of different ways. Someone could have allergies, they could be possessed, or they could have powers and their eyes glow red.

Whatever you write, try to go with it for as long as you can and remember that it’s just a writing exercise. You can do this!

Not sure how to use Prompts? You can read our introduction to prompts here.

Prompts · Writing Life

An Introduction to Prompts

Prompts are something that’s supposed to give you an initial idea: write something focused on the color blue; your main character ages thirty years over night. Oh no! Crazy or mundane, it doesn’t matter, prompts will tell you what to do and it’s your job to find out how you can do it. The problem is, writers generally don’t view them this way. They look at a prompt and say it’s dumb, there’s no way they can write something from this. What are they, some kind of writer?

Well, yeah. That’s why you’re trying to write, dumb-butt.

Unfortunately, many people don’t look up prompts unless they’re in the middle of Writer’s Block. They’re so far into it that they’re looking for anything to tell them what to do, to wave a magic wand in front of their faces and say, “Right here! This is what you have to do!” When you look at prompts in this state of mind, suddenly they’re all the dumbest thing you’ve ever read. Because guess what? They aren’t there to hold your hand and tell you how to write. They’re just there to go, “Hey, what if unicorns, am I right?” And you give it a try, no strings attached.

So the next time you see a prompt, which will be once a week on this blog, remember that it’s here to give you an idea for a quick scene. It’s not going to fix your writer’s block. That’s your job.