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Ten Reasons Why You Should
Use Writing Prompts
the last time you encountered a writing prompt was while
you attended school and now the last thing you want to do
is think about is facing another one. While many people
consider prompts as a form of torture that school
teachers use on their unwilling students, yet prompts are
often willingly used, even embraced, by experienced
writers. If you do not see how writing prompts can be
useful to you then consider these the following benefits.
Well, maybe perfection will never be in your writing
future, but it is very true that regular practice is the
only way to improve your work. 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.
When you are experiencing writer's block with your
current project then force yourself to write through it
with a series of prompts. This technique can be a very
effective way to tear down your writer's block.
Do you have trouble getting your brain started in the
morning or after a break? Then a 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.
Many times we fall into a niche, or even a rut, and
forget that there is a much bigger world out there.
Writing prompts can force us out of our respective ruts
and challenge us to look further afield. This stretching
can greatly improve your writing.
Improve your vision
Sometimes we get so caught up in our inner landscape we
forget to look at the world around us for inspiration and
fodder for our work. Writing prompts often force us to
look at the world, specific aspects we may ignore every
day, and perhaps look at something in a whole new way.
Writing prompts make us look at our writing, our lives,
and our world and question what we say, think, and write
about -- and 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
you learn more about yourself
Writing prompts challenge you to formulate answers and
positions on a wide variety of issues and questions. Some
you may have thought about a great deal before and others
that have not made it on your radar before.
you learn more about your writing
Early on in our writing careers and experience we often
make judgements 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
your own swipe file
While you may not see a way to use the responses to your
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 prompts is 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
© Copyright Deanna Mascle. All rights reserved.
writer and writing instructor Deanna Mascle shares more
writing tips as well as a free collection of prompts at
her Writing Resources blog at www.word-craft.info
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