Greetings all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful week, getting started with their first July contest prompt, Knothole, I know I am 🙂
When I am given a writing prompt; when I think about something I need to bring my creativity to rather than using my creativity to go looking for something, I tend to explore many paths that I would not normally walk down. Including how to interpret the prompt and how I am going to portray that prompt to the world.
Today I would like to ask you, how do you go about deciding what you are going to do with a prompt once it has been given to you? Does inspiration strike your brain immediately and you start writing before you even realize you’ve picked up your pen? Or do you, like me, sometimes look at a prompt and say, “Wow, that’s cool! … Now what?”
When I stumble down the “now what?” rabbit hole, I either go for trying something completely different like writing a short story instead of a poem or I stay within my comfort zone, which is poetry. When I look at a prompt I like to try to stretch my mind and use it to think about something I wouldn’t normally think about. Like if I recently wrote a lot of nature poems I would try to write a poem about something inorganic.
I also like to explore different genres and tones as well as topics/themes. If I write horror I can use this opportunity to switch to comedy or romance. If I’ve been writing very serious or personal poems I can change gear and write about something outside of myself. And then once I’ve made that decision, I bring in the prompt and build from there.
So I want to invite you to share your process or writing practice with us. You just got a prompt, how do you make something out of it?
Thanks for stopping by and happy writing!
Again, Week 1’s prompt is explained here and is due on July 11 at 11:45 p.m. EDT. Stay tuned for the sign up post for Week 2.