Try a writing prompt!
Published: June 24, 2008
|Here are a dozen writing prompts per month sure to surprise you and get your writer brain working. They are drawn from a full year's calendar of prompts called The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Montana writer Christine Valentine. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Hard Ground: Writing the Rockies III and IV; Foreign Ground: Travelers Tales; and Blessed Pests of the Beloved West. Purchase information is available at the end of this excerpt.|
|Pick a prompt, set your timer for 10 minutes and get writing! (No revising or correcting—just keep writing until the 10 minutes is up.)|
1. You are riding in a car with friends. Write about it.
2. Are you a round peg in a square hole or a round peg in a round hole?
3. Write about the history of a goblet. Fact or fiction.
4. Write about a scar.
5. Write a set of directions for how to change a tire or make a stew.
6. Write about a staircase.
7. Whose voice do you love?
8. Write a piece of fiction beginning with: "It was the most unusual room ... ".
9. Think about yourself as an ocean. What is down in the depths?
10. Describe the taste of chocolate. Write about chocolate memories.
11. Where did you go for your first vacation? Write about it.
12. Write about a time you had to use a lot of courage.
|From The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Christine Valentine; used with permission. Her calendar book, designed so you can start writing any day of the year, motivates you to write regularly and helps you create many pieces of free-writing. The calendar, which makes a fine gift, is available for $12 plus $1.75 for first-class shipping. Send check or money order for $13.75 to: Christine Valentine, Box 547, Birney, MT 59012.||