5 Writing prompts to get creative
Sometimes we need a little nudge to push those creative juices down the inspiration slope to flow into the ocean of ingenuity. Here’s just five to help with you lack of progress, writer’s block, work stoppage, late-arvo-down-in-the dumps, idea famine, brain drain or whatever else is stopping your creative process.
- Close your eyes, stand up, spin around the room (or backyard, café, beach – wherever you are), stop. Now open your eyes. What are you looking at? Draw inspiration from it. I opened my eyes to see a plush monkey holding a heart. It was a valentine’s gift from my granddaughter that says, “I love you. I love you,” (a monotone recording that says those words). It’s made me think of how precious my grandchildren are. That’s an easy prompt to inspire me. How did you go?
- Stretch your neck. Rub your own shoulders for at least five minutes. Feel the tension ebb away. Now that you are more relaxed recall the creative block you think is holding up your progress. Tell yourself, “Hey, blockage get out of here. I have work to do and don’t need you. Good bye.” Yes, it’s a mind trick but see if it works. I spend a lot of time talking to myself (what writer doesn’t) and this technique works for me. It’s like how my friend Kerry the Healer reminds me that our words are powerful.
- Find a large piece of paper. Scribble. Draw. Doodle. Write. Keep at it till you see something on that paper that starts creativity flowing. It could be a word or an image. You may have scribbled in spirals, but that image could urge you to write about a cyclone ravaging a small town. Doodling is like looking at clouds. You’ll see an image no one else sees. It’s your own creative mind that finds it.
- Whether you’re a writer, artist, marketer or whatever, think of a vivid colour. What does that colour make you think of? Say it’s yellow: it might be a sunflower, sunshine, happiness or it could be urine stains on a white sheet, post it notes all over your to-do list, nicotine stained teeth. See, different thoughts for different projects.
- A fun one to finish. Think of the funniest thing that has ever happened to you. Write about it. Let your laughter flow as you write. Try not to wet the paper or your keyboard as the tears of hilarity stream down your cheeks. I don’t know what this will prompt you to do creatively, but at least I’ve made you smile.
Enjoy your creativity!