Good writers write. A lot. Every day if possible. That’s what any writing coach worth his/her salt will tell you. It can be grueling or sometimes it’s as easy as breathing. But the ability to capture the imagination while conveying a literary message is one that must be constantly honed.
Hopefully you’d do some warmups before starting a major workout. Similarly, I suggest short writing prompts to get you “warmed up” before writing something serious.
You can keep it short—500 words or less. Here are a few prompts to get you going. Feel free to post a link to what you’ve written in response to one of these prompts in the comments.
- Write a short story about someone who returns from a long trip abroad
- Start your story at the final scene then take us backward and show us how you got there
- A friend calls to tell you she has a secret.
- You head for the airport but realize you forgot your passport at home.
- Write about an animal that causes a big problem for you or someone you love.