Creative Writing Prompts & Other Writing Exercises
Creative writing prompts can be extremely useful, just like warming up for a jog it is important to get your mind in the right form before you plunge ahead into your story. I have even based a few chapters in my book off of a few prompts, you just never know where your pen will take you!
- Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life – Natalie Goldberg: Easy to find and work through, and some of the exercises were actually quite enjoyable!
- What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers (3rd Edition) – Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter: The older editions are easy to find used, and much cheaper. Very effective exercises and lessons.
- The Writer’s Idea Book – Jack Heffron: The reviews do not lie, with over 400 prompts Jack takes your creative energy for a ride and provides an amazing platform for dealing with dreaded writers block.
- The 3 A.M. Epiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises that Transform Your Fiction – Brian Kiteley: An uncommon approach to writing prompts that should be on your shelf (also by Brian, 4 A.M. Breakthrough: Unconventional Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction).
- Writer’s Digest – a large collection of writing prompts (with word limits and the ability to post your response).
- Creative Writing Prompts – scroll over a number and a prompt appears! What you see is what you get, if you are looking for a prompt this is not a bad place to start (it is not instructive by any means).
Do you have any other sources for creative writing prompts?