If your creativity has been hitting a wall lately, then you are in the right place.
It’s true that we can go through periods of time where our writing is constant, when the flow of inspiration seems never-ending. But we also reach a point where our creative well runs dry and writing a sentence feels a lot like climbing a mountain.
I’ve just finished this month’s 5-Day Writing Challenge in my online group, which offers a daily prompt for five days and it was a lot of fun. I love how the people in my group are open to trying something new, often pleasantly amazed with themselves for what they produce in that time. The community aspect helps a lot too as everybody gives feedback and encouragement to those who share what they have written. It’s a beautiful group to be a part of and a fantastic challenge to draw out your creativity.
But for those who missed out on this round, I have put together seven prompts to inspire your writing. You may use them to journal, write for your blog or for an assignment, who knows, but at this point I would really like to just get you writing.
1. Write about the sounds that remind you of your childhood. Was it the sound of your mum washing dishes and preparing breakfast on a Saturday morning? Perhaps the sound of your dad mowing the lawn when the sun came out, humming to himself? Or the sound of basketballs hitting the hard pavement at the local park? What do you remember? How does it feel?
2. Write about your perfect writing space. If it doesn’t exist yet, make it up. Does it have natural sunlight or fairy-lights? Is it inside or outside? Is it cool or hot? Loud or peaceful? What makes it so perfect?
3. Imagine you were to relive one day, over and over again. What day would it be and why?
4. Who is your alter ego? What qualities would they possess and why? What would they look like? What is their name? What makes them so different to you?
5. Write a list of all the things in your life you are grateful for. Yeah, you guessed it; a gratitude list. Start with things like “I am grateful for waking up this morning and being blessed with the gift of life for one more day” and work your way through more specifics.
6. You know the scenario of the damsel in distress being saved by a handsome prince? Write a short story of that scenario but in reverse.
7. Write about the worst friend you ever had. Really. Write about the good times you shared, your light-bulb moment and your departure from them. Write about what it taught you, about yourself and them.
Feeling good? Feeling wary? I’d say pick a random number and get started anyway. Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes and see what you can get done in that time. I know you will amaze yourself at how easy it is to get lost in these prompts, producing a piece of work that is fresh and fabulous.
If you have any questions on these prompts, please comment below and I will guide you.
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