Friday, August 2, 2013

Writing Prompts

By Maggie

I attended Writer’s Boot Camp recently. Kerrie Flanagan, our Northern Colorado Writers director, was our knowledgeable and inspirational leader. Some of us brought devices to write on, to which she informed us we would be writing ‘old school’ and passed out traditional marble composition books. A main focus of the workshop was for us each to be able to freely say, "I am a writer." I really needed to hear myself say that after pretty much hitting the creativity wall this summer. And, as a reminder that we are indeed writers, she gave us name plates for our desks. Now I have to live up to this job description.

I’ve seldom used writing prompts, but I found out in this class how much fun and helpful prompts can be. From listening to music, to improv from each others story lines or from provided text, to looking at beautiful artwork for inspiration, I opened the door for several new plots I'm excited to explore. Not to mention a fresh and new attitude on writing.

Kerrie recommended a book of prompts called "The Write Brain." I found this as a workbook on Amazon and will order it soon for creative play. I downloaded "Write Starts" as an ebook this morning and have been looking through it. This quote jumped out at me:

"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten- happy and absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another."
Brenda Ueland
If You Want to Write

I encourage you to attend Writer's Boot Camp the next time Kerrie offers it. Some of the joy has come back to my writer mind.

How about you- could your creativity use a good work out?


Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Maggie. It sounds as though Kerrie's Boot Camp was very helpful. I'm sorry I couldn't be there.

Lynn said...

My creativity is always in need of a work out, not to mention my abs! :) I belong to three writing groups and all of them dabble in writing prompts. I'm amazed at how the oddest suggestion leads to images, dialogue, etc. that I can use in my stories and essays. Hope you'll share some prompts along the way - thanks!

Anisa Irwin said...

Well written article..Very thoughtful..Hope you will post some more prompt ..thanks for sharing..

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