Over the past few months, while hunkered down due to the pandemic, I finally found the time and inspiration to work on that middle grade novel I knew was hiding in me. I have to confess though, there were moments, sometimes hours at a time, where I sat at the computer, fingers poised over the keyboard waiting for the words to fall out. When those hours turned to days, I turned to searching out writing prompts for motivation.
Writing prompts can jump start your writing, get you out of a slump or just be inspiration for a story. I see them as a way to organize, create even, a scene I can add to my manuscript later. For my current middle grade manuscript, I leaned heavily on random generators I found on the internet. They covered a wide range of subjects including words, names, worlds, outfits, sentences, and decisions. There are websites that will send you a word prompt a day. A simple google search will put you in contact with a myriad of choices.
As a picture book writer, I found visual prompts to be the most helpful and a big advantage as all I had to do was have my camera always at the ready. Characters for stories can be found everywhere, whether it is on vacation, in the garden, or your own kitchen, inspiration abounds. I captured many of them through the lens.
On vacation, a walk on the beach netted me story ideas. One such walk, I was introduced to a dinosaur that became a short story idea.
This guy was waiting to greet me as I stepped out the back door one morning.
After a spring storm, I was delighted to find my irises drinking in the raindrops.
An interesting one was the dinosaur I discovered hiding in my frying pan as I was about to cook dinner.
Another story was inspired by the Spudz Family. I was so enthralled by them, that I did a complete family photo shoot. They were cooperative and excited to be in a future picture book.
And the inspiration for my current middle grade work in progress?
I can only tell you it will be out of this world!
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