A Challenge: Write Your Own Prompt

As I’m preparing this post I’m sitting at the local coffee shop listening to some jams. Now I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea… er coffee, but I love it. I love hearing cover renditions and original pieces. It doesn’t matter if it’s acoustic, acapella or a bunch of discordant tunes, I love it. I love the creativity expressed.

Some of that could come from the fact that our family is a bunch of musical nuts. My dad has played the drums since he was three. My three girls have various musical talents, and my son, well I think he’ll find his voice, but for now I’ll just listen to his creative interpretations of rap music.

I tell you all of this because it is the same with writing. When I read the creative pieces inspired by our prompts, it never fails to put a smile on my face. I love how one prompt can produce several different stories in several different genres.

I wrote a couple of blogs on my personal blog called So You Want to Be A Writer.  The first part was on writing. If you want to be a writer you must write to succeed. You can’t want to pick up a pen and never do. The words won’t just write themselves.

And so, if you want to be a writer, you write. You take advantage of opportunities, even small ones like our monthly prompt contests. Allow the prompts to inspire a story inside you and allow that story to come to life on the page.

Later today we will announce January’s prompt winner, so keep an eye out, but until then I challenge you to expand your horizons, think outside the box. I leave you with a few items to incorporate in writing your own prompt.

1. a blue seal

2. a feather

3. a wick

4. a crone

5. AND…..in honor of February’s topic, a motorcycle

4 thoughts on “A Challenge: Write Your Own Prompt

  1. Great post! I’ve noticed that many writers have other creative talents, such as music, art, sewing, etc. And I love the prompts you gave. Our writing group locally works with prompts like that for short stories. I have one to write at the moment using [river, 1920’s, shrimp, and the future] Wonder where that will lead?

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