So am I.
Instead of writing anything proper, I’ve compiled a list of creative writing prompts for alleviating writer’s block (currently the bane of my life). I’ve already used a couple of these, and plan to use some more of them in the near future.
- Create a brief how-to manual for something you can do well. If that sounds too boring, make a manual for how to do it wrong.
- Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
- A picture is worth a thousand words – open a family album at random and use the first picture you see as inspiration.
- Find a poem you like. Use your favourite line from that poem as the first line of a short story.
- Write a fictional news story. Make it as silly as you like.
- Write a pure dialogue story. No prose at all, just speech.
- Flip through a magazine and create a story around the first image you see.
- Write about something that bothered you this week, small or large. If all else fails, rant.
- Describe a “first” – first time driving, first kiss, first apartment, first pet. Could be yours or fictional, it doesn’t matter.
- Write about your name – why were you named that? If you don’t know, hypothesise.
- Create a short story that is 26 sentences long, each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet.
- Write a short story in the second person (Eg: “You head through into the kitchen”).
- Write about something complex from the point of view of a child.
- Give a super power to the last person on Earth who should have one.
- Write a story from multiple perspectives (eg the witnesses and perpetrator of a robbery)
- Write a story with two or more alternate endings.
- Write a bedtime story for a younger sibling, if you have one. (My eight-year-old sister has proved to be one of my best critics.)
- Take a common phrase or idiom, eg “raining cats and dogs”, and write them literally happening.
- Everyone has those things they wish they’d said or done just a second too late. Write one of those scenarios as it should have gone.
- Your pet suddenly starts talking to you and tells you what they really think of you. This works equally well with a treasured possession, eg a child’s teddy bear.
A couple of notes:
First of all, it’s no big deal but:
*distant sound of Anna whooping*
Also, there will be a proper post coming up (a Les Mis review, to be exact) at some point in the next week or so. I’m kind of distracted by editing (which I hate with a burning passion stronger than the fiery pits of Mordor) at the moment.