Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Fun Writing Prompts

I was listening to the the Scott Mills Show on Radio 1 on the way home from work this afternoon and the presenters were playing this random game of choosing album names for a pretend band you would form. It was mildly amusing, but then it became genius.

I listened to the names that were coming up and thought it would be a really great way to come up with writing prompts if you were struggling to get going.

The idea is, you go to any quote website (Not car insurance quote sites, but sayings type quotes!) go to the bottom quote and take the last five words. Now use this as your writing prompt. (They were obviously taking it as their make believe album name) I have done just this and my five word prompt is - begin with a single step.

What a great prompt! 

Try it. What five words do you get? Can you start writing with those in mind now?


  1. What a great idea! I've just decided that I need to get myself out of my writing comfort zone and enter a couple of competitions, so I will use this method as a starting point. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a fun idea :) I didn't think of using the game for a prompt. Thanks for it

  3. That's a fantastic idea! Must file that away for the future.

  4. What a brilliant idea! A great way to get the brain in gear.

    Glynis Smy

  5. I'm glad you liked it. I did think it was a fun way to find those prompts for days you are struggling and looking at that blinking curser like it's the devil itself.