Where do I start???
That’s a common question when it comes to writing, or any creative act.
Let’s say we do manage to make time in our schedules to write… we make a cup of tea… we sit down with a pen and notebook… but then what? What do we write about?
The truth is... it doesn’t matter where we start, because where we start is never where we’ll end up.
Writing takes us to places we aren’t expecting to go. It teaches us things we aren’t expecting to learn. We don’t have to know anything at the outset. We just have to be courageous, and take the first step, at which point the rest of the path will unfold in front of us.
A simple writing prompt can sometimes open the channels of creativity and help us get started. Think of them as little instigators that kick us into writing action, and from there we can follow the work in whichever direction it leads.
The key is to start with the easiest way in, without knowing where it will lead you.
If the prompt is to write about a time you got in trouble as a child, then rather than sit around thinking about every time you ever got in trouble, start with the first thing that comes to you: “There was this one time when I was twelve years old…” or “I was well-behaved until adolescence, then all hell broke loose…”
Don’t think too much about it. Just go. Write. Move your hand and keep it moving as long as you can.
Here are a few writing prompts to try…
You can use these prompts to help you get started. Or bypass them altogether. Or make up some of your own. Or go straight to writing your book. Whatever you want. You decide. You know what’s best, and I can’t wait to see what you will create. 💜
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