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The Buzz on Writing Prompts


The buzz on writing prompts begins with words that motivate, inspire, nudge even, your creative flow. A writing prompt could hold encouraging words for anyone, at any time in life. Writing prompts are words, sentences and paragraphs that hold a special meaning to the reader. The specific meaning moves a person to act. Look at the following writing prompts.

     1. The wind danced against my window.
     2. Make better choices.
     3. A scent, memory or toy from an earlier time.

The buzz on writing prompts acts as a much needed "starting place,", according to Poets & Writers. Naturally, writing prompts are the cure for writer's block by keeping your creative flow ignited with writing ideas. The more you write, the path or place you want to go becomes clearer.
     1. Make notes of the writing ideas that avail themselves. 
     2. Select the writing idea of most interest.
     3. Take breaks as you write.

I am going to work with the first writing prompt: The wind danced against my window.

I was snatched out of a troubling sleep as the wind danced against my window. There was something out of place in my bedroom, but I didn't know what or why. The dim light from my digital clock read 2:47 a. m. I tried to relax when someone or something moved in my closet. 
     1. What should be the next line?
     2. Have fun with it.
     3. Pass the post on.

The buzz on writing prompts is about words selected by you to enrich your writing life. Let's go through a writing prompts' gathering session. Sit. Relax. The session should last, at least, two hours. Jot down words that make you laugh, push you to question or have a special meaning to you.

     1. Is the word yo-yo funny?
     2. Make better choices, question it?
     3. What word(s) are you drawn to?

Writing prompts inspire titles, poems, writing ideas and can take you to new writing heights. Write down every word you can think of, titles and quotes too. Keep a computer file, notebook, of writing prompts.

     1. Scan through it for a poem, title or writing idea when the mood stirs you.
     2. A writing prompt can bring understanding to a situation.
     3. They have the ability to move you in a new direction.

The buzz on writing prompts is to paste them up in frequented areas like a desk, chair, wall, purse or wallet. The writing prompt attaches to a mirror. A possible writing prompt: Today, I will work toward my goal. You do not have a goal? Think about where or what you want to be doing in three months, six months. Set a goal. 

     1. Work toward your goal each day.
     2. Use writing prompts to keep you moving.
     3. Believe in yourself.
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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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