Before I had started my weekly writing prompt I barely wrote a word. If I wasn’t writing my manuscript then I saw no point in writing and it seemed like a waste of time. I had even reached a point in my life where I realised I couldn’t remember the last book I had read or even the last piece of significant writing I had looked at.
Life had well and truly captured me and I had reached a point in my life where I felt frustrated, depressed even.
They say the first step is realisation.
I knew that something had to change, I had to do something about my situation or it was only going to get worse. Deciding that I was not going to sit back and let my emotions get the better of me I began writing, began writing all my worries, my fears and everything that was bothering me down. I let it all flow onto the page and it felt therapeutic, a release of sorts. I noticed that the more I wrote the more I wanted to write, even when I was struggling, the fallback option was to write about my own personal experiences in the hope it would inspire something creative to accidentally tumble out.
If my experiences have taught me anything it would be that making time to write at least once a week has not only improved my mental wellbeing but also my writing. I have grown to love my style, grown to accept my writing for what it is: a part of me.
This week I want you to pick a writing prompt (I’ve put a few examples below for reference but you are more than welcome to look elsewhere- The Writers Digest often have a few interesting prompts to choose from) and construct a 400-1000 word short story, or flash fiction from this inspiration.
- You’re an alien visiting planet Earth for the first time. Write about your experience.
- Write a piece about your favourite food and why it is your favourite. Does it remind you of your childhood? Maybe you have fond memories of your grandmother’s cooking?
- You’ve just been given a device that lets to time travel. Where do you go?
- It turns out that the Easter Bunny is real but not in the traditional sense.
- Write a horror scene from the point of view of the villain.
When we are shopping for clothes we may have an idea of what we want to purchase. Maybe you don’t and you are just looking for inspiration. Either way, when we finally assess our purchases when we’ve put the kettle on and settled in at home, we are happy and excited to wear the garment. Finding the right writing prompt for you is much like shopping. Take your time, find the writing prompt that excites you and entices your mind to come alive with ideas.
Don’t be afraid to chop and change the prompt you do find. There have been a few times where I’ve changed key points because my mind has conjured a brilliant plot progression. It’s the beauty of creativity. For instance, when I wrote my writing prompt #4 I changed the gender of the character in question, making it a more interesting scenario and relevant to my personal writing experiences.
I would love to read your prompts and am always on the look out for potential guest posters so if you are willing to share (which you should be) and would like to be featured on the blog then please drop me a message.