Over the past twenty years I’ve attended and/or led many writing groups. The sessions vary, similar in many ways, very different in others but one thing in common with most of them is the long groan that almost always follows the setting of a writing prompt or topic 😦
What am I going to write about that? Who on earth thought of that? You’ve got to be kidding!
I’m sure most of you have heard and probably said those same words or very similar. I know I have 😦
So what makes a good prompt? I think every prompt can be good or bad depending on the imagination of the writer – I know I’ve done my share of complaining only to come up with something I’m very happy with and on other occasions have been amazed by the stories and poems other group members produce while my mind stayed blank.
This morning I spent an hour taking photos of some very ordinary items around the house and yard, enough for one a day for the rest of January . . . I hope they’ll inspire you 🙂
PS – I wrote a story a few years back with a hand truck as one of the props. I entered it in a competition but it didn’t come anywhere and it has stayed in my computer files ever since. My prompt for today . . . get that story out, re-work, edit etc, and do something with it!!