Writing Prompts

Here are some prompts to get that creative blood pumping through your writing veins:

- Pick your least favorite book from your collection, use the first line of this book to start your own story in a the horror genre.

- What color is the room you are sitting painted? What color could it be underneath that first layer and what could be hidden under all that paint?

- Think of someone who has the same first name as you. It can be your friend, neighbor, colleague or even a celebrity, as long as you know a little something about them. Write a story in which that person is in the top wanted list for committing a crime.

- Where did that pen that you lost go?

- Parting is such sweet sorrow. Or is it? When would you be happy to see someone leave and how far would you go to make it happen?

Go on, have fun with these! Let your imagination run wild (and don’t forget to let it tilt towards the dark side…).

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3 responses to “Writing Prompts

  1. Someone once said that writing is simple; you just sit and stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood start to form on your forehead. Coming up with an idea is usually difficult, but not always. If I decide I want to write something or I want to pick up writing where I left off and I need to come up with an idea, yes, that’s difficult. Usually, in the morning I might just sit with a cup of coffee and either a cigar or a pipeful (or more) of good tobacco and just cogitate for awhile, sometimes letting my mind drift. Later in the evening, I might have a beer or something considerably stronger along with the tobacco, though not too much, because I cannot come up with a decent idea if I have had one too many. For me, the best times for creativity seem to come unexpectedly, when I am at a store or running some mindless or long errand, when my mind drifts and some realization pops into my head or two unrelated topics come together and I think, “Ahh, that would make a great story!” From what little I know of horror writer biographies, some like Edward Lucas White, create stories from their nightmares and I have used dreams as the basis for some of my early writings. I think the key to creativity is that the subconscious has to bring together two topics. How that comes about may or may not be intentional.

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