Special Feature

If you’ve been following my writing journey for a while, you probably know that I’ve written quite a few writing prompts, like the ones in this collection here.

In fact, not too long ago, BookBub wrote an article where they featured the Pinterest page where I post my large collection of prompts.

Writing Prompt FAQ

Over the past few years, I’ve written around 2,000 prompts. And over time, I’ve gotten a ton of questions about them. So today, I want to take a moment to answer a few of those questions.

Where do you get all your ideas from?

I get my inspiration for writing prompts from all over the place. The conversations I have (or overhear), the music I listen to, or even staring at a wall for twenty minutes can help me come up with ideas for character dialogue or plot-lines.

Why do you post writing prompts?

The short answer is that I enjoy creating and posting writing prompts. 

The longer answer is that I have a ton of ideas that I know I’ll probably never be able to turn into stories. So instead of letting those ideas go to waste, I’d much rather share them with my fellow writers so that someone else can use them to create fantastic stories.

How do I use your writing prompts?

You can use my writing prompts in your writing just the way they are if they fit your characters and story, and edit them if they don’t. Or you can use my prompts to inspire storylines, individual characters, scenes, etc.

Do I have to credit you if I use a prompt in my book?

No! All of my writing prompts are free to be used/changed to fit any writing project you’re working on. 

If you want to let me know that you used my prompts in a project, or if you’d like to give me credit, I’d certainly appreciate it, but it’s definitely not necessary.

The only thing I ask is that you don’t re-post my prompts to other social media platforms (Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, etc.) without linking to or crediting me.

What if everyone uses the same prompt in their books?

This is such an important question.

A lot of people are hesitant to use writing prompts to inspire their stories because they’re afraid that fifty other people will use the same prompt and end up with the exact same story as them.

But if you were to ask five different people to write you a description of a dog, chances are that you’d get five very different descriptions. 

One of them might describe a poodle, another might describe a husky, or a golden retriever. 

This is because we all have unique ways of thinking that are shaped by our own experiences and understanding of the world. 

When I write, I usually write from a first person point of view, but I have other friends who prefer writing from a third person limited, or third person omniscient point of view.

Point of view, vocabulary/education, and personal experiences are a few of the things that make our stories and writing style unique—whether we use prompts or not.

We all get inspired by the media we consume. Books, movies, shows, plays, magazines, or music. All of it has an effect on how we write, so don’t worry about writing the exact same thing that somebody else did (because you probably won’t).

Writing Do’s & Don’ts

Writing prompts can be a great tool to inspire your writing as long as you use them correctly. So here are a few of the do’s and don’ts of using writing prompts.

Don’t:

  • Copy and paste a bunch of prompts into your story without changing them to fit your plot or characters.
  • Rely on writing prompts to write for you.
  • Disparage or make fun of people who use writing prompts to inspire them (including yourself).

Do:

  • Use writing prompts to inspire you when you’re feeling stuck.
  • Be creative with the way you incorporate writing prompts into your stories.
  • Have fun!

Crutches VS Canes

The most important thing to remember is that writing prompts are crutches, not canes. 

When you no longer need crutches, you stop using them. So when you no longer need inspiration, put the prompts away and let your imagination do its thing!

Before You Go…

If you’re looking for some more inspiration, check out my Pinterest page, or grab a free book I created of 50 fantasy dialogue prompts here!

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