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5 Writing Prompts to Get Creative


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.

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5 prompts

  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!

Author:

Donna Munro is the author of The Zanzibar Moon and Kendwa's Secret, freelance writer, blogger, graphic artist, content writer, book marketer, administrator, web editor and book reader. She's been published in Take Five, The Australian Woman's Weekly, For Me, She, That's Life, Woman's Day and Club Life (as well as smaller publications). In 2017 she formed Warm Witty Publishing to self publish her debut novel 'The Zanzibar Moon'. Donna lives on the Gold Coast with her husband, youngest son and the weirdo Staffy Mahli. She adores being a grandmother but still feels young. She often joins her husband's pool cleaning business, just for fun (but is unsure if she's all that helpful). She keeps fit and has a fondness for elephants (she sponsors Tundani in Kenya) and owls. You'll often find her digging her toes in the sand while reading a novel at the beach.

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