I Need a Writing Prompt

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    I Love To Write

    HELP! I need inspiration. I love nothing more than writing. The time flies, I lose hours of my life because this is my bliss. I have written two hundred pages of a perspective novel and then lost interest, time and time again. Any advice? I read once that the secret to...
    hillbillycrone hillbillycrone
    56-60, F
    3 Responses May 31, 2011

    John On Sean - From the Progressive

    Ode to Sean Hannity by John Cleese Aping urbanity Oozing with vanity Plump as a manatee Faking humanity Journalistic calamity Intellectual inanity Fox Noise insanity You’re a profanity Hannity   now is that really an ode? i'm not sure... any other critiques...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Oct 10, 2008

    For Tickle Guy

    So, I said I need a writing prompt, and one person asked me to write something for him that involved me showing off my belly. Of course, it seemed a little boring, so I made it a bit more fun, but here is what I wrote for him.I look up, spotting what I am looking for.*Grumble...
    JustMeXieLi JustMeXieLi
    22-25, F
    1 Response Oct 23, 2013

    Im currently working on writing a few songs

    and I was wondering if anybody would like to write some lyrics with me which might go onto a CD im working on. You will get credit printed on the CD as well so people recognise your help :)
    emilycritcher emilycritcher
    16-17, F
    1 Response Feb 23

    Threat of Cancellation

     imagine you're a character in a book or show... the author who is writing you is having trouble and decides to eliminate your storyline. gulp. how would you change your life or behavior in order to prevent the writer from snuffing you out of existence? would you try to...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Aug 11, 2008

    Daily Inspiration

     Ah, Gertrude Stein. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/315 There's something both uplifting and frustrating about stumbling through a Gertrude Stein piece. Yes, it's nonsensical, sometimes to an irritating extent. But it's like some kind of sea glass windchime, the...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Jun 13, 2008

    Weimaraner

     Write about a dog you saw today.   A dog may seem deceptively simple...but as shows like "It's Me Or The Dog" have proved to me, dogs can get locked into relationship patterns and behavioral patterns every bit as complex and messed-up as people...  ...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Aug 17, 2008

    Bile and Compassion

     Today's challenge: write about your all-time least-favorite coworker, classmate, or any person you know casually but not well. Imagine what they do the moment you part company. Let your narrative or poem follow them to their home, job or hangout, examine what they do and...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Jul 9, 2008

    Quick Exercise

     I've got ten minutes.   PROMPT: for poetry, write a five-line poem about the five-foot radius you're currently in.   PROMPT: for fiction, your protagonist, during a mundane journey from point A to point B, sees something strange that either triggers an...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Jun 17, 2008
    PairOfTrees PairOfTrees
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 21, 2014

    The Ambush

    I'm in desperate need of feedback for this short story...please let me know what you think..if its readable etc. Once upon a time, there was a man and there was a woman. They met in college, dated for two years and got married six months after they graduated. They were madly in...
    jannah1986 jannah1986
    22-25
    5 Responses Feb 26, 2012

    How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    what's everybody been writing the past month since my computer's been in the shop?   alternatively, if you were trapped on a desert island, how do you think your life would improve? i know i got a lot of reading done while my computer was broken, and worked on my poetry...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Sep 12, 2008

    An EP Question

    So, there was this EP question: EP Link The title (In case the question gets deleted), was: Can you be Intense, written by 1PinHead My response was: Pinhead pinhead, staring at me. Licking my soul. Screaming my dreams, nightmares, ugly truths of demented minds, twisting...
    JustMeXieLi JustMeXieLi
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Nov 11, 2013

    More Prompts... Follow Me!

    this series has been a little hit or miss, but it has some ideas and reflections. http://www.poewar.com/30-poems-in-30-days/ http://www.poewar.com/the-entire-30-poems-in-30-days-series-2008/ so there's 2 months of poetry prompts for you.
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    May 13, 2009

    I have been meaning to do a daily blog

    challenge, something like nablopomo.. I can never pick what to write about.
    Everlark24 Everlark24
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Feb 24
    Fierrrrce Fierrrrce
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Dec 15, 2014

    *Note Ned My Editor. I know he is a Hamster

    but nobody can shred copy like him--he continues to make me a better writer. Ned also has me on a tight schedule and my lunch break is nearly over so I'll make this fast. Occasionally someone will post that they need a writing prompt for their next poem. If you have the soul...
    Tannasheart Tannasheart
    51-55, F
    2 Responses Dec 18, 2014

    Love Is Like a Bottle of Gin

    a dazzling example of extended metaphor by musical group The Magnetic Fields. top that.   It makes you blind, it does you in It makes you think you're pretty tough It makes you prone to crime and sin It makes you say things off the cuff It's very small...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Sep 16, 2008

    ~trigger~

    I do like to write - most times. If I try too hard to produce something then not only do I end up with junk but it's also the biggest drag, too!But when "it's on" (my inspiration - what ever that is - happens to be "in da house") stuff just pours out! And that's fun. It's fun to...
    JustLikeLouise JustLikeLouise
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Jun 24, 2011

    Getting A Creative Flow

    I am constantly trying to find my muse. When I sit down at my computer and try to write, nothing comes out. What I find works best to get a creative flow is to find a writing prompt. But finding a writing prompt has proved harder than I imagine. I need inspiration. I need...
    LittleGirlBored LittleGirlBored
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Jul 27, 2011

    I Have a New Book to Recommend

    it's called Page After Page by Heather Sellers. i just happened to check it out, i'm about 2 chapters in and it's raised some interesting questions. i'll just paraphrase one of them. Sellers raises the question of the "communal writing self" vs the "private...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    2 Responses Sep 20, 2008

    Challenge : Occasional Poem

     I will be writing a poem for some friends' wedding anniversary. Ever tried to write for a specific occasion?
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    2 Responses Jun 12, 2008

    The Theatre!!

     I am excited; Sweeney Todd is coming to my town! in honor of my excitement, this is the assignment:   Write a poem about the Theatre. Never been? Imagine the Opera House of your dreams. Imagine the surreal happenings behind the scenes. All the world's a stage; what...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Jun 23, 2008

    First of the Month

     How do you feel about your landlord? Let him know in a poem.
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Jul 2, 2008

    Excuses, Excuses

     For today... how 'bout each of you helps me figure out a reason why I can't go to work?   I was thinking last night about that guy on Reno 911, Terry the rollerskating male prostitute. The best thing about him is the wacky stories he comes up with to deflect...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Aug 19, 2008

    Hey i like doing short

    or sometimes long prompts about mostly anything. So If you guys could give me something to wrote about that would be awesome!:) and i could message you once im done writing about it. Idk your choice:P
    trombonegurl trombonegurl
    18-21, F
    Jul 17, 2014

    for poetry. anything.

    if anyone is willing to comment sharing any prompt at all it would be so helpful!
    DoubleEOneL DoubleEOneL
    22-25, F
    1 Response May 26, 2015

    Will You Help?

    So, I would really love to write a short story, but I am not great at coming up with ideas. Better at taking an idea and going with it.Anyone willing to give me a writing prompt? Please keep it clean.
    JustMeXieLi JustMeXieLi
    22-25, F
    7 Responses Oct 6, 2013

    Jokes

    A challenge: make up a joke. or write something funny. play with words!
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Sep 23, 2008

    I Only I Could..

    I used to love writing so much,but i was so embroiled in my chaotic marriage that i forgot who i was.Now that i am a free woman i want to pursue my writing once more but words seem to fail me.I cant bring out that creative writer,i feel stuck and my writing is plain,it used to...
    Flolin Flolin
    36-40
    4 Responses Jan 9, 2012
    Tannasheart Tannasheart
    51-55, F
    3 Responses Aug 1, 2014

    A Piece of Music

     a performance of Harold Budd's composition "Madrigals of the Rose Angel" can be listened to here:   http://www.archive.org/details/AM_1993_03_XX_c1
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Aug 7, 2008

    Always Have Always Will

    I LOVE to write and I always will. Everyone has told me that I have a great voice in writing and that I'm very creative.I'd also like to be a part time author .. After my last story I've sort of had writers block. My last one was very original but now I can't think of anything...
    Heather98 Heather98
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Feb 9, 2012

    What Has Worked For Me

    There are some authors (Natalie Goldberg, for example, in her book Writing Down the Bones) who truly believe that you must just start writing, writing, writing, before any sort of theme emerges. As tempting as this sounds, I have never been able to make this work. I am a reader...
    3d7r5g0 3d7r5g0
    61-65, M
    1 Response Oct 29, 2011

    An Exercise In Nondescription

    I heard about a writing professor who makes his students write a creative fiction story with no adjectives or adverbs. That sounds fascinating to me... It's difficult but it really shows what powerful tool adjectives can be and how we take them for granted. Give it shot!
    ohsovery ohsovery
    26-30, F
    1 Response Jul 7, 2008

    Older and Wiser?

    I'm twenty-five, but I've already started thinking like I'm twenty-six, and it seems to make a difference (A lady in the grocery store said I was in trouble if I was already forgetting my age). Is it possible to write about what is happening to you RIGHT NOW, or is it necessary...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Sep 24, 2008

    Plotting It Out Vs Getting It Done: Mutually Exclusive?

    I'm having trouble with my fiction lately so I thought I'd pause and reflect and ask some questions, maybe somebody can help or be helped. When you work on a story, of any length, do you plot it out and know exactly what you're doing and what will happen? Do you still get stuck...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    2 Responses Sep 17, 2008

    "Threshold of Revelation"

     Everyone should see Angels In America. Even a crappy live production. Moving on:   Ever had a shocking experience with someone you thought you knew? Write an 8-line poem about it. (now I also owe a nod to David Bowie) I think length constraints are an excellent...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    1 Response Jun 16, 2008

    Grandparents, Family Scandals...

     Write a poem, freewrite or vignette about the most shocking thing your grandma or grandpa ever did in front of you. Was it a moment you really learned something about them as a person? How did it change your perception of them? If you can't think of anything, make...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Jul 8, 2008

    Titles & Taglines

    1.) Anybody want to share a quick tagline for a project they're working on or thinking about? or 2.) Tagline/title for the movie/book of your life, or your Collected Works, perhaps...? Example: "It Was No F**king Picnic: the Jack Lucas Story" (quoted from Terry...
    janebee janebee
    22-25
    Jun 30, 2008
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