Creative Writing Prompts: Ideas and Resources to Feed the Muse

Oct
2009
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Creative Writing

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Using creative writing prompts can be a fun way to flex your creative muscles and break out of any writing ruts that you might have found yourself mired in recently. As a website content writer, I find that I need to occasionally focus on my creative writing skills in order to feed that part of my brain that loves to work with the written word as a sculptor works with clay.

I poked around in my bookmarks and did a bit of research to come up with a few sites where you can find some really fun writing prompts to try. Take a look at these and get your creative juices flowing. It will be fun but it will also help you freshen up your professional writing style.

This site provides a new prompt each week to inspire you to write a short piece in response.
http://weeklywritingassignment.com

This website has been around for almost ten years providing daily writing prompts. While it is geared to school aged writers, the prompts are still very good and an adult can easily find some that spark their interests.

http://writingfix.com/classroom_tools/dailypromptgenerator.htm

Writer’s Digest provides several pages of prompts to inspire writers.
http://www.writersdigest.com/WritingPrompts/

This fun website provides just one word prompts and gives you 60 seconds to write a response.
http://www.oneword.com/

Here are a few writing contests if you are interested in trying your hand at submitting your work. I will give the caveat that I have not investigated these contests in advance, so each writer is advised to do her due diligence before spending time or money pursuing these contests.

Here you’ll find a huge list of writing contests with information about the various deadlines and how to submit your work.
http://www.freelancewriting.com/writing-contests.php

Writer’s Digest also has a list of their own contests that writers can participate in.
http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions

More writing contests can be found here.
http://www.manuscriptediting.com/contests.htm

When you have a down moment, take a look at these sites and get out your journal and your favorite pen. You never know what is lurking in your subconscious mind waiting for you to bring it to life on paper.

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