Thursday, June 26, 2008

Writer's Block: Free UP Your Creativity With Writing Prompts

Do you need a swift kick in the pants to banish the writer’s block in your head? When you look at a blank page does your mind respond with blankness? I know all writers have been there so I have a little help for you today.

Practice free writing from the five prompts below. Take ten minutes and don’t think about punctuation, grammar or anything like that. Free writing is one of the best tools for blasting writer’s block and filling up empty space in your mind. Choose one for today and save the others for later.

1. Electricity is a recent discovery. Think of 12 things to do when there is no power.

2. Write about the color of hunger.

3. A picture is worth more than a blank page. Take out those dusty photo albums and pick out photo number 14. Start your count on any page you want but make sure you stop at photo #14. Look at the photo for 2 or 3 minutes. Then for 10 minutes write all the feelings that photograph made you feel. Don’t censor yourself. Just write.

4. What are things you can do in 3 minutes? List them.

5. In 200 words describe a hot day.

OK, that was easy. After you have written your piece set it aside until tomorrow. Begin your writing session tomorrow by rewriting your work that you did today. You will be surprised at how many more ideas will pop into your head just from that one prompt. Before you know it you will have a short story or perhaps the first chapter of a novel.
Write it down,


  1. Hi Carma, some great ideas here. I particularly liked the photo album one. I might use some of these exercises in my writing class. Have you got a new template? Your site looks bright and airy, Dorothy

  2. Hi, Carma,

    Great tips here, as always. I really like the idea of describing a hot day in 200 words. Sounds fun and challenging.


    Suzanne Lieurance
    The Working Writer's Coach
    "When Your Pen Won't Budge, Read The Morning Nudge"

  3. Theresa SchultzFriday, 27 June, 2008

    Hi Carma,

    What a great site! I love these prompts. I'll definitley be a frequent visitor to your site. I also loved Wed.'s entry. The title made me want to read the post!

  4. Hi Dorothy, I will have more tips and writing prompts next week. They can be fun.

    I haven't changed templates in quite some time but have been thinking about it.

    Look forward to hearing more from you.

  5. Hi Suzanne, I think describing a hot day would only take me a couple. That prompt is a real challenge but a fun one.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  6. Thanks for stopping by Theresa. I hope you become a regular visitor.

  7. I an new to your blog,
    and I am impressed.


    Terry Finley

  8. Hi Carma,
    Will try again here - loved the writing prompts. You have some great ones to get the brain moving and the words out.

    Will be back again soon.
    Take care,

  9. Hi Judy
    Glad you liked the prompts. I will be posting some more soon. I also have some other writing tips I am working on.

    Stop by again.

  10. Hi, Carma,

    These are great ideas. Some days the writing prompts just seem to get things started. I'll be trying these and hope to see more.

    Have a great day,
    Lisa Kirby