4 Writer Prompts To Keep Your Creative Mind Engaged

writer prompts for the creative mind

4 Writer Prompts To Keep Your Creative Mind Engaged 

Writer prompts are a god-send for me, personally. It can be really hard sometimes to get those creative juices flowing and it can happen to any kind of writer; professionally trained or not. But for people that write as a day job, writer's block can be a real problem. Not only can it be annoying but it can also lose you money.

And every writer has gone down a creative writing prompt list at least once in their life. I personally use prompts for creative writing all the time. Usually when I need to make a character more interesting in whatever story I am writing.

But I also use them when I write in my own day job. Writing different types of articles for different clients can take its toll on my creativity, and that is why I dedicate so much time on Lore to writing up prompts for creative writers.

It is all in keeping your brain ticking over - no matter what you are writing. Writing is like an endurance sport for the brain. Even if you change subject or write something non-sensical, the goal is to just keep writing and power through a writing block slouch. 

With that in mind, here are 10 writer prompt ideas for you to keep your mind ticking over!

1 - The DIY Writing Prompt

Okay, the DIY prompt? What is a DIY prompt? Surely all prompts are do-it-yourself? Well, yes, but that's not what I mean, exactly. I always like to look towards other sources of creativity to fuel my own and for some strange reason, ingenious DIY builds can do that for me.

I have been going through a phase of looking up creative DIY projects for the garden. I then observe these projects, and before the video shows me how to make it, I sit down and imagine how I would do it. I then sit down and imagine I need to write a step-by-step guide to explain how to build such a contraption.

This method gets me thinking about objects in every day life in a new way, and helps jog the systematical processes I use in my brain that help me structure my writing.

It may, or may not work for you depending how you think about writing - but it is certainly something unique that is worth a try!

2 - The Memory Prompt

This one is a prompt that anyone can do at any time, all you need is something to write on. This method doesn't need to take ages and you don't need to write out screeds and screeds of detail. Maybe 100 words will suffice to get you back into the swing of it!

So, the memory prompt works like this (and is fairly self explanatory). Think back to your childhood - what's the first memory that pops up into your mind?

Now, capture that memory and hold it in there. Begin describing the memory using your words and write all of this down. It doesn't need to be perfect, or well spelt, or follow grammar rules, but bonus points if you keep it coherent.

This tip taps into a stream of consciousness idea that gets your thought processes flowing nice and smoothly. Just spew and describe whatever comes to mind from your memory. Remember, the idea is to keep on writing.

3 - Add A Journal Entry

Now, this writer prompt is a good one and can help you form a good habit. A key thing that holds many writers back is that they don't write every day. A common misconception about writing is that you are either good at it, or you're not, and that this comes naturally to people.

While natural talent does play a factor - like it does with any creative endeavour - it is not the be all and end all. Writing is a skill, just like anything else. And if you don't practice a skill you can't get better at it. 

I used to think that becoming a writer as a day job would sap the life out of my writing and leave me wanting to avoid putting words down into a notebook, or word processor. I used to think it would have a negative effect on my creative writing; like the short stories, novels, and poetry that I hold so dear. But the opposite was true.

Writing more has improved how I write ten-fold. So much so that I have two different journals - one for entries every other week and one for daily observations (noted, the last one is medical based, but it is still writing).

So, start a journal! Unlike mine it doesn't need to be medically based. Just write down what you have been up to that day, no matter how trivial it may feel to you. You are sub-consciously training your inner writer just by writing it.

4 - Recreate A Book Paragraph

This method is one of my favourites for writing prompts! I should have put this one first and it is really simple too. Every writer will have a book nearby and it doesn't matter what kind of book you pick up (other than a religious text, because, the way they are written will make this method really difficult). Select a book, and come back to your desk (or phone) or whatever you are reading this on.

Now open this book to a random page and give this page a quick read. Now, from this page you want to select a paragraph and get to work transcribing it. However, the sentence structure and word choice need to be completely different from the paragraph in the book.

This exercise is brilliant for building up a taste for different ways to structure sentences as well as developing your internal thesaurus. I'd call that a win-win in any scenario, even if you are unlucky enough to have picked up a non-fictional book (fiction is always the juiciest for this method).

A Final Note

Don't get too disheartened. If you are new to writing, it will take time to build up your skills, vocabulary, and forge your own style. Even the veteran writers out there will experience difficulties with writing because that is part of the process.

If it were easy, everybody would be doing it and doing it well.

About The Writer

Stewart Storrar is a writer and filmmaker from Glasgow, Scotland who has a passion for fiction, poetry, and all things writing. He works as a professional writer, and is currently working on two creative writing projects personally. You can follow Stewart on Twitter, or find him over on YouTube pursing his other passions.

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