Use writing prompts to overcome writer’s block.
Cheryl Strayed is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and Torch. Cheryl suggests using these writing prompts because she has found that when you make a start, you develop ideas. Next, you can review them and improve your thinking. The benefits of even 30 minutes a week of scribbling can transfer to everything else that you do. These prompts are brilliant and make fantastic jumping-off points for any type of journaling or writing, a blog post, the beginning of a novel, a letter to a friend, a diary entry, or a screenplay.
- Get a blank page and a pen, pencil, or laptop, etc.
Your choice of writing utensil should depend on whether you prefer longhand or typing.
- Start by putting some thoughts on paper.
Try one to two pages of longhand writing. Go for uninterrupted flow; don’t stop to edit.
- If you can’t think of anything, try the following writing prompts.
Write about: a time you realized you were mistaken, a lesson you learned the hard way, a time you were inappropriately dressed for an occasion, something you lost that you’ll never get back, a time when you knew you’d done the right thing, memories of a physical injury, being loved, or the kindness of strangers.
- Generate material without judging.
Chances are, you’ll surprise yourself.
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