Writing our personal story is a creative and rewarding activity, but we all have off days when we feel stuck and are unsure of what we want to say. One of the best ways to kick start your daily writing ritual and get into the regular rhythm of writing is to refer to a list of writing prompts. These prompts can be just one word, a sentence, a phrase, a photograph or an image e.g., paintings, postcards. Quotes, song titles and headlines from online articles, newspapers and magazines also make great writing prompts. Here is a short list of ideas you can use to start your collection of writing prompts for your project.
• Cherished childhood memories
• Family traditions
• First trip overseas
• Favourite toys and games
• The 3 people I admire the most
• The last time I saw ……..
• Musical memories of people and places
• Friends’ past and present
• A letter to my younger self
• Why I write …..
Grow you list of writing prompts over time. When writing, refer to your list of prompts, select one that resonates with and just start writing. Get those first few words written down, trust the process and let your imagination flow. Remember, your prompt is just a starting point to help trigger your ideas, so don’t edit as you go. If the one you have selected isn’t working for you – move on and choose another. Don’t let the perfect get in the way good, and remember, no need to rush, you don’t have to do it all today.
Keep in touch. I’d like to know which writing prompts work best for you and why.