I’ve never been one for writing prompts. I always hated having to obey someone else, and I resent having to tailor anything I write to fit some arbitrary guidelines. In my college writing class, prompts were the bane of my existence. Why can’t I simply stare off into the distance for a few hours until I know what I want to write about? Why must I follow rules?! Why doesn’t WordPress allow me to insert an interrobang?!
It’s just my stubborn rebelliousness at work here, but I have never been a fan of writing prompts, but I am trying to keep an open mind about them lately. Another cliche is the idea of “writer’s block.” Yes, it’s real, but it’s definitely more psychological and emotional than simply “not knowing what to write about.” And I’ve got it in full force. I haven’t written anything in weeks and it’s bugging me.
So, in an effort to combat my very real writer’s block, I am going to work very hard every day on completing the writing prompts included in this book:
Two Pages, by Abigail Thomas, which I bought in Woodstock last month. These prompts are one part writing prompts and one part poetry, so I’m hoping it’s a little more creative than your standard “insert prose here” kind of prompt. I am going against my natural hatred for authority and being told what to do, but maybe it’ll help lift me out of this writing rut. Wish me luck!
The first prompt:
of ten years of your life, using only
of pure gossip
with pillow, convertible, and ice cube
Sounds like fun.
What do you writers out there think about using prompts to help you with your writing? How do you combat writer’s block?