Saturday, June 10, 2017

Trying Out Writing Prompts

Here at Fiction Forge, we're going through a few changes.

One of the things we're going to try out in the coming weeks is to post a prompt every couple of weeks.

I'm still going to post my tedious grammar stuff, but today, I'm looking at a book I picked up at my local book mega store, on the writing shelf.

This book, The Writer's Idea Book: How to Develop Great Ideas for Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Screenplays, is by Jack Heffron.

One prompt in the first chapter reads like this:

Write about a time when your creativity flowed, perhaps when you were immersed in a project or when you spent a few hours at a coffeeshop scribbling in your journal.  Try to describe the feeling.  Describe, too, the circumstances--the time of day, the location, your mood before beginning.  In this exercise, try to get to know your creative self a bit better.

In exploring this prompt from Mr. Heffron, I analyze how I work best as a writer.  The circumstances that work best for me are not the same for anyone else, but understanding how we write best can help us function more effectively as writers.

Just a few of these things that help me:

  • a designated place for writing
  • routine
  • routine
  • routine
  • routine
  • routine

Perhaps this isn't quite what Heffron meant in this exercise, but these are the elements that I know are most crucial to help me be creative and productive.

When have you been most creative?  What circumstances have helped you be the best writer you can be?

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