It’s hard to write when you’re not inspired. But how does one “get inspired?”
For me, I like to take long nature hikes through the woods or down the beach. Other times, I go for a slow, luxurious bike ride. This is a great way to see the sights and just have some time to yourself. It’s a nice way to get some thinking done.
Reading is also a great way to find some inspiration. I prefer poetry, but non-fiction and novels are also a good resource. And never underestimate the power of a well-written memoir. Sometimes other people’s lives are exactly what we need to inspire our own.
So get out there and get inspired!
Hello all! Poe here!
One of my favorite ways to start a story is with a character. I write a physical description, about their personality, and I write them a backstory. Its a fun and easy way to begin a story, and its especially helpful when you have writer’s block. I will post an example later.
Here are this week’s writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing! 🙂
- Write for at least 300 words about a reconciliation, a nightmare, a turtle, and a musical instrument.
- Write for at least 1000 words about a conversation, a musician, and a fight. Focus on description that uses all five senses.
- Write for at least 500 words about a heroic deed, a deck of cards, and a circle.
- Write for at least 200 words about a contest, a businesswoman, and a journal. Focus on creating at least one compelling character.
- Write for at least 1 minute about a detour, a story, a scoundrel, and a journal.
- Write for at least 5 minutes about a coin, and a bottle.
- Write for at least 200 words about a ring, and a treasured heirloom.
- Write for at least 300 words about a dream, the stars, and a shell.
- Write for at least 15 minutes about a predator, and a window.
- Write for at least 250 words about a loss, a book, and a snake. Focus on writing from a different perspective than your usual one.
- Write for at least 5 minutes about an escape, a physician, and a box of chocolates.
- Write for at least 300 words about an announcement, a promotion, and a holiday.
- Write for at least 300 words about a machine, a stone, and a theatre.
- Write for at least 300 words about a bet, a leader, and a thief.
- Write for at least 1000 words about a legal problem, a bucket, and a child.
Write a seven sentence short story about the hardship of war. There doesn’t have to be a storyline or a main character. Just write what you feel like. You can post your story in the comments. (Nothing too graphic)
As an example:
Smoke billowed in the air, covering all of the destruction. No one felt any pride knowing they were doing the noble thing. Voices yelled and howled, some in pain, but others of determination. The red coats of the enemy flashed through the haze in the ascending sun. They remembered longingly of their families at home, giving them fuel to continue fighting with vigor. Little did they know that their loyalty and determination was worth it, giving millions of people freedom. Their courage led to the birth of the United States of America.
Not the best writing, but it’s an example to get an idea of what you want to do. Remember, it can only be seven sentences.
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