Writing Prompts

Writing Prompt: One Moment

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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: Write a third-person story fragment about one important moment in someone’s life. Examine this moment from every possible angle. Think about smell, light, texture distant and near sounds, and the details that will stick on the memory of the participant. Don’t worry about telling a whole story (though you may learn that you can’t not tell a whole story here, when you explain the importance of the moment and tie up some of the threads attached to the moment).

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

Happy Writing!