It’s become something of a cliche, as far as writing advice goes. If you want to write, you have to do just that, write. Everyday. Rain or shine, happy or sad, and most important of all, inspired or uninspired. It’s a compulsion that you mold into a habit through regular practice.
In a perfect world, the words would just flow and you'd never need anything as prosaic as a writing prompt. You would stay at your desk crafting perfect sentences instead of getting up for another cup of coffee and then deciding to bake oatmeal raisin cookies while you're in the kitchen (hypothetically, and definitely not a real example from last week). So just in case you too are a compulsive baker, or for those days when you can’t face the stalled manuscript, the blank page, or the new project, we offer you a little something to jumpstart your habit--a writing kick in the ass, if you will. And is there a day when you need a kick in the ass more than a Monday?
We didn’t think so either, so every Monday you’ll find something here to help you keep your practice going, even when it’s the last thing you want to do. The exercises, prompts, and ideas will come from friends, favorite books, and silly things we’ve found that work. And we’ll take your ideas too. Email us your favorite writing prompt or idea and you might just see it here with. Without further ado...
Just write (1):
Write about a simple board game that turns its players into pie-eyed cutthroats.
(From: Monica Wood, The Pocket Muse: Ideas and Inspirations for Writing, Writers Digest Books, 2002)