With National Writing Month coming to an end, many of you may be burned out.
Writer’s block can be hard to overcome. One of the worst things to do can be to try to force yourself to write a section, paragraph, or idea just because you really need to get it done. You won’t have fun writing it and your readers will be able to tell. It is totally acceptable to take a break and work on something fresh in order to revitalize your creative flow. For anyone looking for inspiration or just to get their writing muscles flexing, I have created some writing prompts and exercises to help you get excited to write and maybe spark an idea for your next novel.
Find a random item in your house. Describe it in as much detail as you can. Then describe how it could be used as a weapon.
Google Image search your favorite color and keep scrolling until you find a picture of a person or persons. Give them a back story and a world to live in.
Write a Day-In-The-Life vlog/blog from the POV of your pet.
What was the last song you heard? Write a character sketch for a person whose favorite song/personal soundtrack is this song.
- Write in the style of an iconic commercial. I recommend the Mayhem Commercials from All State or the Old Spice Commercials.
Write a manifesto as to why your favorite type of soda is the superior type of soda.
- Click on a random location on Google Maps. Go to street view/photo sphere and write about what you see.
One day an unmarked package is delivered to your door. Inside it is a wooden box that is sealed shut. What do you do with it?
You receive an invitation to the annual Faerie Ball. There must be a mistake, right?
You wake up one morning the find that plants can talk, but only you can hear them.
You walk in to work to discover that all your colleges have been replaced by mannequins. Upper management doesn’t seem to notice that anything is amiss.
You are the deity responsible for changing the seasons. Until one day a kid wishes on a star/genie/etc. that it could be one season all year round. What do you do about it?
What is a babysitter to do when the kid you are watching accidentally summons a demon?
Your band is going on tour … in a time machine!
These are some prompts that I came up with on my own (though some may end up being similar to other prompts you may find just by chance). Hopefully these will help inspire and motivate you. Even if you aren’t inspired to flesh an idea out into a full-fledged novel, you will still be practicing writing, keeping your ideas flowing, and stepping outside your comfort zone. Maybe a character trait or a line of dialogue from this writing exercise will migrate its way into your novel one day. The best thing about these writing prompts is that you never have to show them to anyone so this is a judgement free zone. Be bold! Try new writing styles! Write in a new genre! Short writing prompts are perfect for new writers who just want to practice writing with no pressure.
For more writing prompts, I recommend you check out this blog: http://writing-prompt-s.tumblr.com/ They post at least one new prompt a day. They will also occasionally re-blog creative responses that their prompts have gotten which are always fun to read.
Good luck fighting your writer’s block!
BookHive Corp. does beta reader editorial research for authors with Fiction (all kinds), YA/Middle Grade & Memoir manuscripts.
$699 for 8-10 beta readers, $1,099 for 16-18 beta readers.
The results are a 35+ page report full of quantitative and qualitative feedback.
Kim Batchelor is a recent graduate of University of Michigan and avid consumer of media. She is the Buzz Manager at BookHive and is working on creating her own blog.