What is a writing prompt? This is a question I have often been asked. No, I don’t think it’s surprising that some people don’t know. After all, not everyone knows everything, and more than that, not everyone is a writer.
So, how would you explain a “writing prompt”?
Well, we all go through bouts of writing blocks – times when our minds go blank and we can’t think of what to write, no matter how hard we try. At times like these, we need a little something to get us started. That little something is a writing prompt – a motivational tool that inspires us to write again. In simpler words, a writing prompt is an idea or a suggestion that helps us get started with our writing. We use that idea or suggestion as the foundation and build our story on that. A prompt can be any of these:
1. A word or words. For example:
- Diplomat, country, meeting
2. A metaphor or simile. Examples:
- A cradle of beliefs
- As light as a feather
3. An idea. Examples:
- Write about your favorite food
- What does friendship mean to you
4. A quote. Samples:
- “Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s day to day living that wears you out.” – Anton Chekhov
- “Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.” – Aristotle
5. A picture. This can be of anything – humans, animals, nature, and just about everything else.
These are just some examples of writing prompts. Now where do you get these prompts from? Well, the easiest thing to do is to go to Google or Yahoo – you’ll get plenty of writing prompts. I’ll also be giving some writing prompts here on my Write Corner from time to time. So, do come back and check.
In the meantime, you think of some real good writing prompts and share them here with us.