Writing Prompt: What You’re Afraid Of

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Writers block, defined as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work,” is a plague that we’ve all dealt with at one point or another in our writing careers. Ideas are hard to come by sometimes. Ideas are like fireflies; they flit in and out of mental vision, but they are hard to catch.

Keeping this in mind, a writing prompt will be offered here every Sunday (in different formats, of course). The length of what you write is your decision entirely. It is my hope that these prompts will spark creativity and kickstart the writing process.

This week’s prompt: List 20 things you’re afraid of. Pick one and write about it in any form you’d like.

[How did this prompt help you? Please feel free to let me know in the comments below, or send an email!]

Happy Writing!

  • littlescribe

    Thanks for sharing this! As a grad student I've been writing non-fiction for far too long - maybe I can use this to try and get into fiction writing again ^_^

    • Kerri

      I'm the complete opposite! I'm so used to fiction that when it comes time to write non-fiction, I wonder how I'll do it. Good luck to you!

      • littlescribe

        Same to you! I'm sure you'll manage. I've found that it's come in useful to have written a bit of fiction on the side - it's all storytelling really! Sadly, many academics don't see it that way, which makes for some very boring and heavy articles and books, at least in my field :-/

  • Kerri

    Thank you :) And oh, don't worry! There's plenty of boring things in fiction too, ha ha.

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