Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for a story or article and we turn to writing prompts to get our creative juices flowing. Other times we simply want to challenge ourselves to write something spontaneous, or need a prompt to keep us writing regularly. Although writing prompts can be written, pictures, people, scenery, or tidbits of overheard conversation can also prompt our creativity.
I seldom participate in the creative writing prompts posted on the forums where I’m a member, and I haven’t bothered getting any of the books on writing prompts. What I find most effective is looking through a catalog or photo album, or sitting in a restaurant or mall, and wondering about the things I see.
The story I wrote for the Flash Fiction 40 Anthology was inspired by a mall security guard I noticed while I sat in the Food Court waiting for my daughter. I’m currently writing an article on cleaning based on ideas I came up with while cleaning my house. I have hundreds of pictures stored on my computer, and I get lots of inspiration while watching them glide by as a screensaver.
Here are a couple of pictures that have acted as writing prompts for me:
There are sites that offer written prompts to help spark your creativity. Here are a couple you might find useful:
What type of writing prompts do you use to spark your creativity?