Open Thread: Writing Prompts?

(by chris the cynic)

It has been suggested that perhaps we could do writing prompts in the future.  I believe that we’ve only done a writing prompt once before.  (Write the first scene of an adventure story that begins with “I’ll have the salad.“)

To do more in the future there would need to be two things:

  1. A decision to do that, or at least a lack of a decision not to.
  2. More prompts.


And, if you have no thoughts on this topic but do have thoughts on another one, there’s a reason this is listed as an open thread.

[As a reminder, open thread prompts are meant to inspire conversation, not stifle it. Have no fear of going off topic for there is no off topic here.]


7 thoughts on “Open Thread: Writing Prompts?

  1. depizan July 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Since most of the writing I’ve actually done of late has been off of prompts on tumblr, prompts seem to be a good way to get _me_ to write, at least. So they might be a good idea here, too. I know I’m not the only one having some writers block trouble.

  2. christhecynic July 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    You are definitely not the only one having trouble with writer’s block.

  3. Silver Adept July 8, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Yes, moar prompts would be good.

  4. Lonespark July 9, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Yay! Yes, pretty much all the fiction I’ve ever written has been based on prompts, as well as some of the very best poetry…

    But I would want prompts to be open to essay/musing type stuff too, since that’s mostly what I end up with lately…

    Maybe a few alternate prompts? Three? Are there any particular types of prompts people like?

  5. depizan July 9, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Some of the prompt lists I’ve seen have been things like emotions or concepts (betrayal, hope, challenge, friendship, treason). Those sorts of prompts might be more open for different types of writing.
    I’ve also seen ones that are pairs or trios of words (“bicycle, rain, tulip” “farmer, stone”) or are pictures.
    And, of course, there are the prompts of the salad sort above.


    Or we could all be on the look out for prompts and on prompt threads (or writer’s workshop threads?) post a prompt and the writing it inspired and then other people could either write off that prompt or post their own. (Or post their own and write off someone else’s prompt next time.) Or maybe that’s too complicated?

  6. Only Some Stardust July 9, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Write a story where the phrase ‘Vampire Dragon Riders’ gets used.

    No? Too random and brain melting?

  7. Lonespark July 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Depizan, that idea sounds promising, since it could be self-perpetuating with enough participation. The person posting each week would just need to get suggestions from the previous thread.

    Sometimes writing styles can be a prompt… I would not ever have written villenelles or sestinas without prompts… Maybe, like, “Here is a list of prompts: use at least two in your response.”

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