The problem with curing writer’s block is that it doesn’t exist. If your brain works and you have the time to sit down and write, you are not blocked from writing. Accept that and realize there is something more that’s stopping you from writing. If you’re lacking inspiration or ideas, we can help! We’ve created a list below of easy and accessible writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing.
1. Outdoor props.
Go outside for five minutes. Make a list of five moving objects you see – animals, insects, vehicles, people, or something blowing in the wind. If it catches your attention, write down the first five things that capture your attention. Put your list aside and do not think about it for the rest of the day. At night, after dinner, after the kids are in bed, or whenever you get a moment to spend some time writing, bring your list back out. Write a short story – between 100 and 500 words – that incorporates those five things that you wrote down. It doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be good, it just has to be written.
2. Interview a dead person.
Take out a piece of paper or pull up a new word processing document and write the name of a deceased celebrity or family member that you wish you could talk to. Next, come up with an event or a project to interview them about. Have they written a book recently? Have they gotten involved with a charitable organization? Are they starring in an upcoming movie? Create something exciting and fictional that you want to interview them about. Next, write out a list of 10 questions you will ask them in the interview. Please be thoughtful when you come up with these questions because you will want them to spark an interesting response! Now, create the dialogue between you and your subject.
3. Create a stereotype.
We’re all familiar with the common stereotypes and prejudices that exist in our world, but this is not about those stereotypes. This is about breaking down those stereotypes and creating something positive. Has anyone ever assumed something about you because of your appearance, your job, and some other role in your life you’ve held? Write an essay between 300 and 500 words that destroys that stereotype and creates a new and more positive one. It could be a letter, a list, a fictional interview with a bully, or a traditional essay. Be creative!
4. The one about a dream.
Think back to a recurring dream or a dream you’ve had that has left a lasting impression. Compose a poem or a short story that uses that dream as its narrative. It can be as long or as short as you want it to be. Realistic or surrealistic, scary or positive, write about it!
5. Rewrite your favorite song.
This is a creative exercise my friends and I used to do with Nine Inch Nails lyrics when we were teenagers and was a lot of fun! To this day, whenever I hear one of those songs we rewrote, I can hear our own lyrics we created in the song. Write down the lyrics to one of your favorite songs. Next, rewrite the lyrics into something completely different. It can be funny, serious, or offensive – your choice! Bonus points if you record yourself singing it!
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you write as long as you challenge yourself to keep writing. Your efforts from these writing prompts may not earn you a place on New York Times Bestseller List, but it will give you the confidence you need to keep writing down the words, even though they may not be perfect.
If you’re feeling brave, share your pieces below! I’d love to see what you created.