I don’t know about you, but whenever inspiration strikes me, I get a tingle all the way up my spine. It’s like some cosmic force has presented me with an idea and it’s all I can do to hold on while it runs away with me.
It’s a good feeling. Most writers live for this feeling.
And writing when it’s not around is hard.
Sometimes I need to give myself a pinch and remind myself that I am not a robot.
When it comes to my writing, I want to be able to do all.the.things. But sometimes, because life has a way of being complicated, surprising, and…well…life, I can’t do all the things.
On the first Monday of every month, I create a few writing prompts to help you get writing! You’ll see them here each month and on Instagram @thelexiconwritingblog every Monday.
Happy February! There are four Monday’s in August which means…four writing prompts! The month of love is upon us. Plus, February is my birthday month! Yay for birthdays!
Living in the USA in the past few months has been troubling. As a US citizen, I’m uncertain of my path forward, as a person, and as a writer. I try to keep things fairly neutral on the Lexicon Writing Blog. I try not to make too great of waves, focus on writing and my mission statement for this blog. But sometimes you have to stand up for the things important to you and I felt the need to share this reminder with you, my writer friends and colleagues. We have the greatest chance to enact change, wherever we are. No matter where we live, what our situation is, we must never forget that we’re on the front lines of change. #thewritersresist
No one would say it’s easy to put your thoughts, your story, or your life themes out there into the world. Whether it’s through stories, poetry, songwriting, sculpture, filmmaking, screenwriting, painting, or any other sort of creation, sharing the deeper part of our souls through the things we make can be frightening.
As January 2017 comes to a close, I’m thinking about my new year’s resolutions.
For the most part, I’ve kept up with mine fairly well. I ended up dropping one, after much consideration. A short story that I don’t believe I was destined to write left my to-do list, but much has stayed.
How are your resolutions going? Are there some you’ve accomplished or some you’ve had to let go?
It seems like every study says that most people drop their resolutions before February is even a thought. It’s both sad and true. And we writers unfortunately are not exempt from this statistic.
I’ve been working really hard this year to hold onto my new year’s resolutions and goals, for my writing, this blog, and my life and I’ve picked up a few fantastic practices that have helped keep my goals front of mind. These motivate me so much so I figured I would share them with you today so you can keep your goals front and center.
By now you probably know that I’m a big fan of writing prompts. Considering I have a post each month of writing prompts, and I include them in my weekly newsletters, you could say I have a bit of an obsession with them.
Because let’s be real…when I’m avoiding my main WIP, nothing gets me writing like procrastinating with a writing prompt. I still write something, and I stretch my creativity. It’s a win-win…AmIright??
So maybe sometimes writing prompts can prove to be more a procrastination technique but regardless of your motive for finding and responding to one, you’ll still be stretching your creativity and your thought muscles.
That’s definitely a win-win.
So today I figured I would really enable all you writer-procrastinators like me and share my five favorite books of writing prompts.
Because sometimes we need someone to get us motivated and other times we need someone to enable us to ignore our WIP for just one more day.
- 642 Things to Write About – Fiction, nonfiction, personal reflection, lists, this book has everything. You’ll never be at a loss as to what to write and you’ll never run out of ideas. I like to pull this one out both to write and to also give me inspiration for when I need help writing a scene or a blog post.
- 712 More Things to Write About – Essentially the sequel to book #1, there’s even more prompts to write about in every genre and category. Armed with books 1 and 2 in this list, you’ll never run out of things to write.
- A Year of Creative Writing Prompts – Three prompts a day for a whole year…yep…over 900 writing prompts. Divided by genre, and type (do you want to go off one word, a sentence, or a mini story?), you’ll never be bored and you’re writing and creativity will flourish.
- A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement – another based on a year’s worth of motivation and inspiration for writers.
- 642 Stories to Write – In the same vein as books #1 and #2, this provides slightly longer prompts to get your writing slightly longer stories. Rather than little vignettes, you’re inspired to write full-on short stories. Which is always a good thing for your writing.
- Bonus!! Story Dice – Who knew these were even a thing??? They make my writer heart and my game-lover heart so happy that I just had to share. You’ll get a little interactive with your writing prompts by rolling a few die, then letting yourself be inspired by the images. Games and writing?? I’m sold!
What are your favorite places to find writing prompts? What books do you love that aren’t on my list? I’d love to know in the comments!