Monday, May 17, 2010

Writing Prompt Monday: The Challenge

The idea is too basically express yourself on paper, learn how to use your five senses, or build upon an idea. Think back to when you were in school, it used to only take your teacher saying, “Write a paragraph or one page composition on any subject you want.” This was all it used to take to get those creative juices flowing, but what about now?

If you are like me and most writers I know, you have most likely experience the dreaded word “Writer’s Block” from time to time. Getting past this wide-eyed, blank page stare can be hard, and the flashing cursor does not help matters. What is a writer to do? Well it does not matter if you are a New York Best-selling author or an aspiring author, we all need a little creative boost from time to time and that is where my Writing Prompt Monday comes in.

In my search for a writing prompt for this week, I came across a great site called Creative Writing Prompts. They have over 300 writing prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Most writers like to do a writing prompt every day before they set to work. I don’t really have the time with kids in the house. Nor do I find myself out of ideas on a daily bases. However, I do like to do a writing prompt once a week just to get my mind working for the tasks and goals I set in the upcoming days. So what is my challenge? To write something every week using Creative Writing Prompts. This means I will be writing something for 346 Mondays from their prompts alone. Can I do it? I do not know, but I am sure going to try and who knows . . . maybe a few great story ideas will come of it or articles.

But before I get started on this Monday’s writing prompt I want to share with you why writing prompts are so important to a writer.

Writing prompts are a great way to get your mind focus before working on your writing projects. They are also a great way for aspiring writers to come up with story, article, poem, or blogging ideas. When using writing prompts you do not always have to use the exact statement, scene, or suggestion. The idea behind writing prompts is to get the wheels turning in your mind, to get your fingers flexible for those long hours of typing, and to just have a bit of fun so “Writer’s Block” does not set in.

When doing writing prompts, you should not worry about brushing up on your grammar, spelling, punctuation, or anything else you will find in textbooks about writing. This is a time for you to just sit and write whatever comes to mind because of the prompt.

So let’s get started, this weeks writing prompt from Creative Writing Prompts: Close your eyes briefly. Think of one object that’s in the room and focus on it. Without opening your eyes, recall as much detail as you can about it. After 3 minutes or so, open your eyes and write about that objects without looking at it.

Note: You are welcome to post your writings here in the comments section. Please keep them to 750 words max if you do.


  1. Now that's a great writing prompt!

  2. Okay, finally had the time to do this writing prompt after the kids went to bed.

    A rainbow of color flowing down over my desk. Colors mixing into a river of hues unseen. Puddles form at the base turning to shades of gray and black. I can still see some places untouched. The glass shinning out what once was a bottle, but now an art project my daughter did on a rainy day.

  3. Great! I'll have to try this--I've been suffering a little "writer's block" myself recently!

  4. Nice to have you joining the challenge Heidi. Please feel free to post any writing prompts each Monday with mine in the comments section. Hopefully more will join us in posting what they have written. Together we can reach our goals.