Happy Writing Wednesday!
Last week I went over my first useful tip for getting started: free
This week’s tip can be used in
conjunction with free writing or you can apply it all on its own.
This week I want you to try out writing prompts
These aren’t hard to find.
The easiest way to find
them is Pinterest.
They’re all over the
Just do a search for
“writing prompts” and you’ll find pins, boards, and entire accounts dedicated
to them. Don’t go search now.
sucked in and emerge 3 hours from now thinking you’ve gone through a worm hole
and lost all that time.
Which you kinda
If you want to find some writing prompts that won’t drag you
down the rabbit hole of “ooo, look at that! And that!
And THAT!!” I’ve gathered a few links to
stand alone sites that provide you with easy ideas to get started writing without
stealing your soul a few hours
at a time.
These sites give you a prompt a day.
This site has multiple daily prompts, different genres to
choose from, and an extensive archive of previous prompts if none of today’s
prompts strike your fancy.
of choices at this site can be a bit overwhelming and distracting, but not
quite on Pinterest’s level.
These are user-generated prompts, and the site isn’t updated
daily, but there are still some very good choices here.
If you include this site in your rotation of
sources without relying on it daily, you’ll still get a good, steady stream of
This site swings to the opposite
end of the spectrum from the first!
Right in the middle lies this site, which is truly a site
for daily prompts.
One day, one
The ideas are archived, so you
can look back if you’d like, but you’ll still find just one prompt each
It’s the perfect balance, in my
opinion: a steady stream with one new idea every day.
It’s not a here and there publication, and
it’s not overwhelming you with tons of ideas every day.
Here’s an option if you want to check out one place, then go
off the grid for a while.
It’s a .pdf of
daily writing prompts to last you for a year.
No extra links.
Just 365 prompts.
Like I said before, these prompts can be used as a jumping
off point for a free write or they can launch you right into a writing session,
if you find one that really sparks your interest.
If you’re trying to get into the habit of writing on a
regular basis, which I would advise, don’t wait for “the one” to appear.
If you spend too long looking through tons
and tons of potential prompts you’re likely to become overwhelmed and miss a
Don’t be afraid to settle down
and just start writing.
You can always
go a different direction later, or you can go back and start all over
The idea is to get writing, you can fill in
the details along the way down the line.
Did I miss any of your favorite prompting sources?
If you have any others, I’d love to hear
Let me know in the comments
section and I’ll be sure to check them out for myself and add them for other