How Creative Writing Prompts Will Make You A Better Writer

Explore The Benefits

Perhaps the last time you encountered creative writing prompts was while you attended English class in school and the last thing you want to do is think about tackling any more of them. But that may not be the best way to look at it.

While many people consider prompts as a form of torture that high school teachers use to torture their unwilling students, prompts are often willingly used, even embraced, by experienced writers to spark creative writing ideas.

Believe it or not, there are some writers who want to continue to work on getting even better on the craft of writing and often use them willingly. 

If you don't see how writing prompts can be useful to you then try to consider these the following benefits.

Creative Writing Prompts: Practice Makes Perfect

Well, maybe perfection will never be in your writing future, after all, what is perfection in a creative field?

But it is very true that regular practice is the only way to improve your work. Using writing worksheets, taking online writing courses, and writing prompts can help you to focus on your writing goals.

While you may have a long list of ideas and projects to work on, you may also want to employ prompts from time to time to fill in the gaps in your writing schedule or come up with new ideas.

Blast Writer's Block

When you are experiencing writer's block with your current project, you should think about forcing yourself to write through it with a series of prompts.

This technique can not only be a very effective way to tear down your writer's block but the process can offer you a great opportunity to allow yourself to let go of limitations and just let any new ideas to flow.

I always look at it like a fun activity with no rules or goals attached to it. You may be surprised by how much fun it can be!

Jog Your Brain

Do you have trouble getting your brain started in the morning or after a break? Then a creative writing prompt may be just what you need to get your brain going again.

Inspire Your Creativity

Do you feel your writing is going stale? Do you need some inspiration? Then using prompts can make a huge difference in your creativity and overall work. The Easy Way to Write is a unique and popular writers resource.

Widen Your Horizons

Many times we fall into a niche, or even a rut, and forget that there is a much bigger world out there. Getting creative can force us out of our respective ruts and challenge us to look further at our ideas. This stretching can greatly improve your writing. Take a look at these writer's resources for some great ideas!

Improve Your Outlook

Sometimes we get so caught up in our inner landscape we forget to look at the world around us for inspiration for our work. Pay attention and look at the world around you.

Specific aspects we may ignore every day can give us a new outlook when we just pay attention. Something as simple as a walk around the neighborhood or a drive to a new place can get your imagination working again.

Ask the Questions

Creative writing prompts make us look at our writing, our lives, and our world and question what we say, think, and write about -- and the think about the why behind those answers.

Why and what if are two of the most powerful and inspirational questions a writer can ask of themselves as well as their audience.

Learn More About Yourself

Working on your craft can challenge you to formulate answers and positions on a wide variety of issues and questions. You may start to notice things that were never on your radar before.

Help You to Learn More About Your Writing

Early on in our writing careers we often make judgments about our ability and work. While these may or may not have been accurate at the time, they certainly do not hold true in the long run.

Every day, week, month and year that you work on your craft you improve as a writer. And as you grow older and mature, then your thought process will change -- and those changes will also reflect in your writing. Prompts may help you more honestly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses.

Create your own swipe file

While you may not see a way to use the responses to your creative writing prompts today you may well find a market or use for those ideas and words down the road. Sometimes a description might come in handy or a character analysis, and other times simply reviewing some of your past work may well help you overcome writer's block and inspire a new idea.

While the use of creative writing exercises are never a waste of time, even if you never reuse a single word, you might be surprised down the road at how many different uses you can put this material to in your professional writing.

As you can see, the use of writing prompts can be tremendously useful no matter what stage your writing career is currently. You may find them so helpful and inspiring that you find yourself using a prompt every day.

By Deanna Mascle

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