I love the following quote, “Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” ~Gene Fowler.
How often has that happened to you? You know that you want to write and last night you had some great ideas, but now they seem to have deserted you. When this happens to me I find myself turning to some of my favourite blogs for inspiration.
There are many out there giving daily or weekly writing prompts. What I like most about them is that it also links you with fellow writers, all interpreting the prompts in different ways. Here are ten of my favourite:
1. The Sunday Whirl
Every Sunday Brenda takes a dozen words and puts them into a wordle (Incidentally, if you’ve never played around with wordle you should give it a try, it’s great fun.) The majority of people who respond to this weekly prompt are poets. You post your submission to your blog and then link it through the Linky List. The skill is getting all 12 words to fit neatly and inconspicuously into your piece of writing. The words are always challenging.
2. Inspiration Monday
Stephanie, at Be Kind Rewrite posts 5 or 6 writing prompts each Monday. While there are no hard and fast rules, it is recommended that your short story be somewhere between 200 and 500 words. No Linky List with this one, just post to your own blog with a link back to Stephanie’s blog. She will then give everyone who has joined in a mention each Monday.
I’ve only just discovered this one, but it looks like fun. We are now talking about Twitter Fiction – stories of 140 characters or less. Either through their blog or by following them at @artwiculate you will get a daily word. The challenge is to use that word in a tweet. These then show up on their blog and you can then vote for your favourite.
4. Haiku Heights
Every Wednesday Leo will post a word on this blog and challenge you to write a Haiku or two. You then post your Haiku to your blog and link through the Linky List. Watch out for the Height Of Haiku Challenge which is a month of writing Haiku with a different word prompt every day. Here are the rules for the weekly prompt:
“Write a haiku on the prompt given and post in your blog. Link back to Haiku Heights either with the code given in the bottom bar here, or with a hyperlink. Enter your name and link into the Linky widget. (It should be the post link, and not your blog link in general) Read and enjoy as many of the other writers as well. Some of my readers, and new writers at Haiku Heights had asked me how to write a proper Haiku. Haiku is Japanese poetry form that has three meaningful lines which are complete and reflecting nature. Haiku have syllabic limitations as well. A traditional one has eleven or seventeen syllables, in a strict 3-5-3 or 5-7-5 format.”
5. d’Verse Poets
d’Verse Poets Pub is a place for poets and writers to gather to celebrate poetry. Lots going on all through the week and a great following. Every Saturday they have a pos called ‘Poetics’ this is all about inspiration. You will invited to write about a provided prompt, whether music, art, photography, quotes or other challenges. Again you are invited to post your poems to your blog and then link through the Mister Linky list.
6. Velvet Verbosity
A weekly 100 word challenge. That’s exactly 100 words. The Rules are Loose. You get a word at the beginning of the week (Sunday), and you take up the challenge to write exactly 100 words in response to the one-word prompt. That’s it. Write 100 words however you like. Make it a long haiku, write 100 random words that you associate with the prompt in no particular order, write a short vignette, tell a true story, relate it to your day, describe the word, use the word or imply the word — it’s up to you! Again there is a Linky tool to share your story with others.
7. One Forty Fiction
“The name “one forty fiction” refers to the 140-character limit imposed on users by the online service Twitter. This site is dedicated to fiction. Not poetry, but fiction. Stories told with beginnings, middles, and ends, and characters who want things. But how to tell such stories in such limited space? How to create love, and want, and derision in 140 characters? How to deliver your heart? We have no answer for you. We just know that you have 140 characters to make us see, feel, live, & yearn for the world beyond your 140. Give us all you got. But give it to us wrapped tight, a Big Bang of a universe, a history of life itself, communicated wisely, and with love.”
A great site. You have to submit your stories and then wait to see if they have been accepted. I’ve had a few rejected but also some accepted and that is always a good feeling. Sometimes there are themed weeks and other times it is entirely up to you.
8. Nailpolish Stories
Another great blog that I’ve only just discovered. You are asked to write a 25 word story with a nail polish colour as the title (Title doesn’t count in the 25 words.) Until I tried this I didn’t realise how strange and varied nail polish colours were, with names like ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’, or ‘Trophy Wife’ or ‘I’m Not Really A Waitress) …… and the list goes on. They make great story titles.
9. 330 Words
330 Words is a blog for writers. Or more specifically, writers with a digital camera or a camera phone. The concept behind 330 Words is simple. Take a photograph and let it inspire you towards a piece of fiction. Let your photograph form the foundation of your story. Choose your own genre and style. Keep the entire thing under 330 words. When you’re done with the story, email it to 330 firstname.lastname@example.org with the photograph which inspired the work. It will then get published on their blog.
10. Three Word Wednesday
Three Word Wednesday gives writers, poets and those who journal a mid-week jolt of creativity. Each week, three words are selected; you create something with the words. Put your story on your blog and then post a link to your contribution. Everyone is encouraged to check back often to read and comment on other contributions. “This is, after all, a community for writers who clamor for feedback.”