Friday, 13 July 2012
A writing prompt is a topic for people to write about. Writing prompts give writers something to write about when they are stuck. Prompts can also force people to write about things they don't normally write about and thus take people out of their writing habits. A habit can be good, but a habit can be habit-forming in a bad way. You can make up your own prompts, but the temptation is for you to create a prompt that keeps you in your habit. Creative Writing Prompts (http://creativewritingprompts.com/) is one of many websites that contain prompts other people have written. Choose a prompt at random. I did this, and I found myself writing an open letter to a high school teacher. That piece of writing was something that I would never have written otherwise.