Take 10 minutes to try a writing prompt!
Published: June 11, 2009
|Here are a dozen writing prompts per month sure to surprise you and get your writer brain working. They are drawn from a full year's calendar of prompts called The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Montana writer Christine Valentine. Her work has been published in a number of anthologies, including Hard Ground: Writing the Rockies III and IV; Foreign Ground: Travelers Tales; and Blessed Pests of the Beloved West. Purchase information is available at the end of this excerpt.|
|Pick a prompt, set your timer for 10 minutes and get writing! (No revising or correcting—just keep writing until the 10 minutes is up.)|
1. Write about a family heirloom.
2. Write about when the power went out.
3. Write about a bridge.
4. What do you have faith in? Write about it.
5. Write about the colors of winter.
6. "To See the World in a Grain of Sand ... " What does this mean to you?
7. Write about presents you got but didn't want.
8. You're having trouble doing something. Write about it.
9. Write about houseplants.
10. Pretend you are a monk or a nun. Write about a day in your life.
11. Write about your mother cooking.
12 How do you want people to remember you? Write about it.
From The Power of Daily Writing: 365 Prompts to Help You Write Each Day, by Christine Valentine; used with permission. Her calendar book, designed so you can start writing any day of the year, motivates you to write regularly and helps you create many pieces of free-writing. The calendar, which makes a fine gift, is available for $12 plus $1.75 for first-class shipping. Send check or money order for $13.75 to: Christine Valentine, Box 547, Birney, MT 59012