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March 29, 2021

Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts

Whether you use a sentence or 1 word writing prompt, sometimes we need help with Writer’s Block.  But according to Seth Godin, writer’s block wasn’t invented until the 1940’s.  Prior to that, there wasn’t even a word for it.

Back then, writers enjoyed their hobby.  There was little anxiety or fear of not being able to write.  Today – everyone is a writer.  Diaries, Journals, Blog posts, Social Media – you name it, and someone is writing for a reason.  Whether it’s fame or fortune, or both, fear drives us to seek encouragement to create.

Enter Writing Prompts

The definition for the verb prompt is:

  • To incite to action
  • To encourage or inspire
  • To assist by cueing

With those Webster definition, just about any verb can be a prompt.  But should it be in present or past tense?

Both promote action, but in a different way.  Creative writing prompts mostly promote present tense verbs while Historical fiction can be focused on past tense.  Either way, writing about a dream or a memory, prompt can lead you down a rabbit hole or in a space mission.  It’s your opportunity to be inspired. Below are 30 single word writing prompts for April, which starts Thursday.  Use them if you need.

Hunt

Dye

Plant

Play

Dine

Fool

Walk

Hug

Lie

Pet

Grill

Camp

Hike

Bike

Picnic

Garden

Till

Water

Look-Alike

Skip

Kiss

Bake

Saute

Fry

Boil

Share

Create

Bloom

Build

Invent

And remember Seth Godin’s comment from his blog post December 31, 2012 –

“The writing isn’t the hard part, It’s the commitment.”

So true.

Until Next Time - - -

About the author 

Jana Hassett

Jana is at the core of Jana’s Journals – writer, editor and resident Elevator Pitch promoter – her chief responsibility is content creation. When she’s not crafting helpful content for the What Do You Do? Blog, she’s serving as an Ambassador for her local Chamber of Commerce, or (through the local Women’s Business Center) teaching small business owners how to write and give their Elevator Pitch to promote their business in order to accomplish her goal of “Passing It On”.

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