A writing prompt and the invitation to join each other:
“Is it really Thursday again? Wow, how time flies! This means it is time again for a “Lean against …. and listen!” writing prompt.
I have been thinking a lot about writing prompts, and when I stumbled upon Linda Hill’s blog I loved her “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” a writing prompt she is giving every Saturday. Linda invites her readers to share their stories and read at least one of the other readers stories.
In the WANA tribe, I got this prompt from I have been reading some great “Lean against… and listen” stories and I am so curious to find more of them.
Therefore, I invite you to share your link to your story here, and I will tweet about it (you want some gain from it, don’t you? 🙂 ). I also invite you to visit one of the other readers links to find some more great stories (once you guys take part of course 🙂 you will, will you?)….”
Please read more at The River is flowing….
Hello out there, I have blogged about this writing prompt here before but on my new blog I use it on a regular basis and it has become a well of inspiration.
Here is what I wrote about it on Thursday:
” As I wrote on Tuesday evening when I introduced my own writing prompt with photo’s, I have come to love to use them.
In the beginning, I thought:” I have enough ideas! I do not need to write with writing prompts!” But when I started to use “lean against… and listen” I realised that it is so much more than giving ideas.
It has become a playground for me to try out different things even though I do not intend to write something planned. I write down what comes to mind or more what the storyteller tells me, but his or her intention seems to make me realise my potential and how much more I can write.
This is fun. This is creative. This is brilliant.
I highly recommend trying it out!….”
Again my favourite writing prompt. The more I do it, the more it inspires me to try out different things. Or more the storyteller tells different stories ;-):
I quote Kasey Mathews from the WANA group “Write to heal” for this writing prompt:
“With paper and pen, or computer handy, lean back in your chair, or against the wall, or a sofa etc., close your eyes and imagine you are sitting under a large tree with your back resting against the trunk. On the other side of the tree, a Storyteller has come to sit down and also rest against the tree trunk. With eyes still closed, just listen. Wait for the Storyteller to begin his or her story. When you hear it begin, simply write down all that you hear. “
This is what the storyteller is telling me today:
On a dark night, Freya went to the sea. ….
photo credit Eva Rinaldi via Flickr
As you might know I am bi-lingual (German/English) and I write in both languages. In May I found a wonderful lady on Twitter who has dedicated her blog to writing a poem daily two months a year (May & November). She gives a prompt every day in those months and you can get creative with those.
I liked that idea so much that I adopted it for once a week the whole year. It is called #MondayPrompt and you can either just use it for yourself or connect your poem with my poetry blog. So far no one has added anything on the English blog and only once on the German blog. Well, maybe of course my prompts are crap ~ who knows?????! 🙂
To be fair I have never worked a lot with prompts but recently I found it very helpful with writing poetry.
But the whole thing has made me wonder if other writers do work with writing prompt or are those just a gadget to play around?
What do you think? Do you use writing prompts? Do provide them maybe?
Would be lovely to hear from you!!!!