In light of all of this time talking and sharing prompts, I think it would be a great time to start a monthly prompt open submission.
Now, let me preface with I am not an editor or publisher and this is just for fun and maybe a little publicity for your own writing. But here’s the gist of the idea.
I give you a prompt at the end of the previous month (about a week before the month of January in this case) and you have three-four weeks to work on a prompt and write a shiny new thing.
Then, the last week of the month (01/24-01/30) you can send your lovely shiny new things to me and I will publish them on my blog.
There’s no real pressure, but there’s a deadline if you want it, to help spur the creative flow, and a chance to share your work, which is always a good thing. Heck, I might even do it with you!
The reason these prompts are so important is because they’re fundamentally designed to help you where you need to grow in your writing. Do you need help learning your character motivation or past? Use this prompt: Write a scene describing your character’s bedroom/personal space. How is it decorated? What sentimental items do they have saved from their childhood?
Or how about needing help with a current work in progress where you just can’t seem to get anything written down that you like?
Use a prompt and apply it to the world/characters of your work in progress. That way you can stay in the mindset of your work in progress, but focus on a different aspect of the writing to help inspire you back to your main story: Write a scene where your main character goes on an all-expenses paid vacation. Where do they go? Why? What do you they do when there? Do they need sunscreen because they burn easily?
Prompts are undeniably an underrated tool in a writer’s tool box. Up there with copious amounts of reading and forums/facebook groups for writer-based discussions. It’s practice and a chance to build some new content. Just give it a try. What harm could it do?
Here are the three selections for this month, which all come from Awesome Writing Prompts. Again starting this week you have until the week of 01/24 when I will accept any length of a story and publish it for everyone to enjoy your new shiny!
1.Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story: “Well, at least I don’t have to worry about feeding and caring for a unicorn anymore.”
2.Use these three things in a story: nail polish, a VHS tape, a book of spells.
3.Write a story about snow that isn’t snow.
You can send your stories to Amyoung0606@gmail.com along with a short write-up about you as a writer.
Happy Reading and Writing!