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Gimme Five Reasons: Writing Prompts

  Posted by Jean Oram , 30 March 2012 · 296 views

Today I’m over at From The Write Angle talking about 5 great places to find writing prompts. But why do we need writing prompts? Aren’t they just for when you are stumped or in a creative writing class?
Nope. Here are 5 reasons writing prompts are great for writers:
  • They build creative muscle
    Writing regularly and thinking about different stories is great for building those writing neurons and stretching your imagination.
  • They stretch your skills
    Writing prompts make us think outside our genre and common story ideas–stretching our skills in a good way. (Makes you more diverse.)
  • They induce creativity
    Writing prompts get us thinking, get us imagining, and get us creating!
  • They keep us writing
    It’s easy to fall into a rut of “I’ll write tomorrow” or “That’s enough for today” and get complacent about writing often enough to keep our skills lubed. If you use writing prompts it inspires you to the point where you are wanting to write lots and lots. It keeps that creative part of the brain lubed and churning along at a great rate.
  • It’s fun!
    Writing prompts are a fun challenge that can be done anywhere and anytime. So next time you are hitting a slump in your writing, try picking up a writing prompt to perk you up and put the fun back in your writing.
Would you like some writing prompt ideas? Pop over to From The Write Angle and check out my 5 writing prompts as well as the ideas in the comment section.
Have you used writing prompts? Why do you use them?


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