Writing Prompts And How To Use Them

Every day, I post a writing prompt based on my post. Why? Because everything is about writing.

Everybody you meet has a back-story, and innumerable possible back-stories. You know the bag-boy at the grocery belongs to your best friend at church, but he could come from a dysfunctional home and be struggling with how to be “normal” without a childhood model of what “normal” means.

Everything that’s said has many possible meanings; you usually know what’s meant from context, but take away the context and the meaning could change. You know that “I could kill her” means “I’m aggravated”, but in a different context it might be a seriously contemplated option.

Event A has nothing to do with Object B, but what if they were part of the same thing?

Go to my sidebar and hit the archives at random to pick a prompt. Or use the one on this post. Then grab a random book or periodical or cereal box and pick three words at random. Write or outline a story, using those as inspiration. If you lose all of them in the process, that’s okay. A prompt is a prompt because it … you know … prompts you to do something.

Have fun!

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: From a book or periodical, take a sentence. Look around and outside and pick an object. Put them together.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Writing Prompts And How To Use Them

  1. Rose

    May 15, 2012 at 5:24am

    Yes I will! I will try to write a Prompt even if I do’t have an idea yet!

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