A few times in my blog I have discussed writing prompts. You can search Google for writing prompts. You can open a Twitter account and participate in daily prompts from various authors in a variety of genres. The great thing about prompts is that they get the muse going. You can adapt them to your writing style. I use them primarily to practice writing concise lines. Since I enjoy writing poetry and flash fiction, being concise becomes extremely important when I want to enter writing contests with limited line submission guidelines or limited words.
WRITER TIP: Keep a log of writing prompts and your prompt writing. This journal can be a useful reference if writer's block strikes.
Today, I practiced with the prompt for #MuseMon which was the word save. Here are a few samples.
I saved the moment I fell in love with you, like an instant Polaroid picture, slowly coming into frame, pinned to my heart. #MuseMon
She needed saving, but her salvation was locked away in a broken heart, filled with hatred and confusion. She was a lost soul. #MuseMon
I'm saving my final words for you. The words will reflect my life, a life I couldn't have lived without you. #musemon
There are several daily writing prompts offered by talented writers on Twitter. I participate in these writing exercises to keep my writing skills sharp and to help prevent a block from setting into my production. Search these hashtags for writing prompts: #musemon #2bittues #1linewed #thurds
There are more prompts during the week, but those listed above have done the trick for me. The prompts are listed in order, Monday through Thursday. I have provided samples of my work below, based on writing prompts from the past week.
PROMPT: Spell or mine
My tweet: I'm going to sit for a spell to consider what is yours and what is mine. Observe, for when I'm done, so are you.
Saying goodbye to the storm,
The dark clouds & thunder,
The cold & pouring rain,
I'll weather better without her.
PROMPT: Thank, Thank you, or Thanks
Thanks to a rising sun,
Brightness will fill our day,
A blessing we often overlook.
"Mom, I want to die."
"Tommy, please don't talk like that."
"The peace I will know is greater than the suffering I'm enduring."
This dialogue is from a work in progress. #Thurds allows you to link to the story, completed or a work in progress.
Each tweet must fit the number of characters allowed by Twitter. You'll also want to include the hashtag for the day within the tweet. This allows others to find your work in a search and to read along.
Robert Stanhope started creative writing during his Junior year of high school. In his twenties, he became a motorsports journalist and was published in a number of local, regional, and national trade publications. Now in his early 40s, Bob has returned to creatively writing, including embarking on his first novel, The Last Lie.