Writing prompts are so cool.
Sometimes a good writing prompt can help warm up your writing muscles, or force you to think about a topic in a new way. I like the ways I can respond–although I write prose, sometimes I found myself responding in poetry.
The best thing for me is when a writing prompt leads to a story or a new way to look at your story. One time I had a whole novel grow out of a writing teacher’s instructions to write a page of conversation, all dialogue. When NaNoWriMo came along that year, that page grew into a whole novel! I also like to respond to a prompt from the perspective of one of my minor characters.
This book in particular has been great for writing prompts in my own growth as a writer:
So can we try it? Will you do it with me? If I post a prompt, will you quick-write (10 minutes or less, firm!) into the comments? Please?
Here’s a prompt: SAYING GOODBYE
Saying goodbye (time: at least five minutes)
Lisa: Okay, guys, I’ve got to go.
H: Mommmmmeeeeeee! You didn’t give me a hug!
L: You didn’t give me one either!
Lisa: I gave you both hugs already. But come quickly and I can give you another one.
H: Don’t go yet.
Lisa: I have to. I need to go to work.
Lisa: Well, would you like it if you got to school and your teacher weren’t there yet?
H: But don’t you want to see my picture?
L: Wait, just listen to my piano piece.
Lisa: No, really, guys. I’m sorry. I’ll see you this afternoon. I love you.
Lisa: Okay, kissy. Have fun at swimming.
H: I love you Mama.
L: Bye, Mom.
Lisa: Oh, wait! You didn’t pack your library book. Oh, and B—can you make sure she takes her recorder?
Lisa: Bye, everyone.
H: I love you, Mama!