One of the issues that plague a lot of writers is the feeling that everything you write is terrible. And that leads to not writing from fear. Brienna talked about this a few weeks ago, and what applies to poetry, applies to writing.
One thing I’ve learned from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird (besides having “crappy” first drafts), is to just do short assignments in order to get into the habit of writing. Now don’t cringe – these aren’t awful homework assignments but writing prompts. A major problem that many of us face when it comes to writing is just sitting down and doing it. Writing prompts are meant to pull you from that slump and just have fun with writing.
I’ve found a lot of great writing prompts over the past few years, thanks mostly to the NaNoWriMo forums. They’re a fun way to kick off a day of writing, whether they be serious or whacky. The main idea is that they don’t have to be good. Here’s the prompt that I did for today:
It was just another day, she decided, stepping down the stairs, one arm wrapped around her textbooks. Nothing exciting ever happened in high school.
A streak of water on the floor went unnoticed until too late. Down the staircase, there was a thunder of tumbling textbooks.
She stared up at the fluorescent lights, throbs reverberating around her skull. Let out a groan. Gripped the railing and readjusting her blue headband, she trudged down the rest of the blue stairs.
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