Friday, October 22, 2010

When All Else Fails . . .

We all have those days when we don't know what to write about. Call it writer's block. Call it laziness. Call it boredom with the whole antagonist-protagonist-plot process. Whatever it is, nothing's showing up in either your brain or your work in progress.

That's kind of how I felt about this blog post. Tired. The old "I've got nothing" feeling that hangs over you when a deadline's looming.

So I did what any desperate writer does--I started surfing the Internet. And I stumbled upon a fun Web site: Creative Writing Prompts, which was voted one of Writer's Digest's 101 Best Web Sites for Writers in 2006 and 2007.

Click on any one of the numbers 1 through 346 for a writing prompt or idea. Here's a couple of samples:
114: Write about a time your pampered yourself. (Hhhm--could I do some research instead of writing about this from memory?)
254: Why would an antiques dealer leave town?
311: Use the following words in your story: photographer, needle, dormitory. bicycle
340: Melinda Alcott and Dwayne Modderman meet in a bank. One of them is a loner. Describe how they meet.

You can also subscribe to CreativeSparks!, the e-zine of CreativeWritingPrompts.com and download a copy of the CreativeSparks! E-book (volume 1) for free.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to go figure out how Melinda and Dwayne meet. But first, which one of them is the loner?


Roxanne Sherwood said...

Let me know what you decide about Melinda and Dwayne. Meanwhile, I'm researching #114 . . . ;-)

Beth K. Vogt said...

You deserve some #114!

Judy said...

Thanks for the link!

Jeanne T said...

I finally had time to read this today. I love it! I'm going to have to take a look at this site and e-zine, because I'm feeling a bit dry in the "writing department." :) Beth, I love how you share ways to spur creativity. They are a great help!

dtopliff said...

Beth, every entry I've read of yours is helpful and delightful. I'm beginning to think you are gifted with doing everything well!