09 August 2013

Top Five Friday: Writing Prompts



Those who write are writers. Those who wait are waiters.
~ A. Lee Martinez


In August, I’m participating in BlogHer’s Blogging Challenge.  The theme this month is: Hot.


N
o doubt about it  ~ there is a reason that a blogging challenge is called just that.  Writing a piece worth posting for all the world to see stretches one ~ sometimes almost to the breaking point.  But it’s a good stretch and one that is necessary if one is to shape up one’s writing.

Talent only goes so far.  In any vocation you need discipline as well.  The discipline to hone your craft, whip those words into shape and write something memorable, something that will touch a heart and change a life.  We don’t know what line will reach someone in pain; our job is to write with our heart in our pens and let the ink flow where it will.

But it doesn’t hurt to have a little help in priming the inkwell.  Here are five sites that offer writing prompts, some even on a daily basis, to get you through the next three weeks of the BlogHer challenge.

I’ve talked about this site before.  Now here is the page that brings you writing prompts.

Random writing prompts at a click.  Don’t like the one you got?  Click the button again.  I’ve already garnered some interesting ideas for the coming weeks.

Poetry. Fiction.  Creative Non-Fiction.  No matter what you write, you can find a prompt here, as well as advice from fellow writers.

There are writing prompts on this site for every day of the year, grouped by month and based on historical events.  It is mostly geared for teachers to give to students, but they are useful for jumping starting the imagination.

These are mostly story prompts.  Nothing stretches the writing muscles like writing in a completely different genre than you currently do.  Get out of your comfort zone and you’ll be surprised where you newly extended wings will take you.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela
Where do you go for writing prompts?

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