On the matter of prompts

I do so very much like the challenge of prompts.  You know the type, where you’re provided with a picture or a word and the challenge of creating something – often limited to a small number of words. 

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I do so very much like the challenge of prompts. You know the type, where you’re provided with a picture or a word and the challenge of creating something – often limited to a small number of words.

When I started my blog in July it was the WordPress daily prompt that provided me with the most inspiration. I have since moved away from those somewhat as I have discovered lots of other wonder blogs out there that stir my imagination, but the thrill of a good prompt remains.

I think perhaps I enjoy them so much because they give me that central idea to which I can attach the randomness of my thoughts. Quite often I will have an idea in my head that I want to write about but it is the prompt that provides the catalyst for the finished piece.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite blogs that provide me with some of the inspiration for the stuff I produce. A huge thanks to you all for the effort that goes into running the prompts!

The prompts are great, and the work by fellow bloggers equally so!

I know there are more I have forgotten…

Do you have others you like to use? Leave a link in the comments section below.

Author: Michael

Husband, dad,programmer, comic collector and proud Yorkshireman. I have no idea why im here or why im writing but i rather enjoy it. no great fan of punctuation;

26 thoughts on “On the matter of prompts”

  1. I still do the WordPress one-word daily prompt as well as three of the others that you mentioned and a few that you didn’t. It’s fun to participate in these, but I do worry that I’m becoming too dependent on such prompts for writing flash fiction at the expense of not expressing my own perspectives, observations, and opinions about what’s going on all around us. Oh well. Flash fiction is fun and it’s less controversial. So never mind.

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  2. I’ve always loved a good challenge and the daily prompts are great because it allows so much more interaction with other bloggers. Thanks for mentioning my prompts and I’m excited that you’re starting a series with them. It’s always fun to find creative ways to challenge ourselves. Have a great weekend Michael! 🙂

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  3. I️ am jealous of all of you!!! I️ don’t have time to READ the daily prompts let alone write on them. As we speak I️ am late, overdue, overworked and being flared at for not being on task. My last piece I️ wrote while telling it to Siri while driving my car. Lol

    Thank you for providing me with all the inspiration I️ can never use. Lol. 💋

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  4. Thanks for including Carrot Ranch! Of course, I always enjoy your responses, Michael and you were a super writing cowboy during the Rodeo. I agree, prompts help access that wide open randomness of one’s thoughts and ides.

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  5. As someone who writes to prompts, can you tell me if longer prompts are too onerous for writers? I just stated a blog but the prompts are from world-building and I think it might put people off. Cheers for the heads up on other good prompt blogs!

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  6. Not sure the prompts matter I think it’s about finding your voice. I do prefer the shorter ones myself because I’ve found that people don’t have a huge attention span and it lets me get in say my piece and get out

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