Writer’s block has left countless writers with the inability to put words to paper. Whether it’s a total lack of ideas or too many ideas, writer’s block leads to convoluted thinking and stops the writer from creating a story. It’s almost inevitable and whether you’ve written one or one hundred books, writer’s block is one of the biggest obstacles a writer might face. It can occur at any stage of the writing process and for some writers, it’s incredibly difficult to beat. I have found that one of my favorite ways to get over writer’s block is with the help of writing prompts.
Writing prompts are words, sentences, or paragraphs that stimulate creativity and encourage writers to write about a specific topic. Writing prompts come in many varieties and they can vary in length and in the style that they are written. Some writing prompts will simply give the writer a topic to write about:
Write about waking up in a different body.
Other writing prompts may drop the writer in the middle of the scene:
Just as I was leaving, the door swung open and a woman emerged through the doorway. “I can’t believe that you would do something so horrible.”
Regardless of the type of prompt, writing prompts can help stimulate your imagination and reinvigorate your focus. If you are attempting to come up with a plot for a new project, a good writing prompt may inspire a story idea. If you are in the middle of a project and have come to a stop, writing something new could help spark your creative energy. Also, you could put your current characters into a writing prompt and seeing them in a new setting may bring about some inspiration. I think writing prompts are great for any type of project, whether it’s a novel, short story, screenplay, or poem.
Writing prompts are also incredibly easy to find. You can find books filled with writing prompts in book stores or in libraries. Typically, there will be a prompt at the top of the page and plenty of space for the writer to fill the rest of the page with words. There are also a huge number websites that list writing prompts online. One search for “writing prompts” can yield thousands of results and these prompts are just as good as the prompts you’d find in a book.
Whether you use writing prompts to start a story or continue one, they are incredibly helpful tools. In order to build your writing skill, you must write often and writing prompts can help improve the regularity of writing. They are excellent sources of inspiration and a great way to get over writer’s block.
I will be continuing my Beat the Block series throughout the month of April to provide tips and tricks to beat writer’s block. If you have ever used writing prompts to beat writer’s block, please share your thoughts in the comments.
Until next week,