The Black Cat

Use the following writing prompt to inspire you.

You and your significant other are taking a walk in the woods. You see a black cat cross your path ahead. Wondering where he’s going, you strike out into the woods to follow him. About 200 feet into the woods, you come to a clearing. The cat is sitting in the middle of the clearing, cleaning his paws. Then, the cat vanishes and is replaced by a magnificent image. What do you see?

The Pumpkin Patch

Use the following writing prompt to practice using imagery, including tactile, thermal, and visual imagery.

You and your family visit a local pumpkin patch to find pumpkins to decorate for fall. As you wander around the pumpkin patch, you see pumpkins in unusual shapes and colors. Describe what you see.

What Is Free Writing?

This week, we will discuss how to generate ideas. Writers are frequently asked where their ideas come from. A number of techniques exist to spur creativity. One such technique is free writing. This popular technique involves selecting a topic, allotting a given period of time, and then during that time writing every thought that comes to mind about that topic without censoring yourself at all. Many writers begin free writing only five minutes at a time and increasing their time by five minutes every three to four days.

During free writing, it is important that you do not censor your thoughts or concern yourself with proper grammar or whether your writing even makes sense. The benefit of this technique is to allow subconscious ideas to emerge to a conscious level. Free writing can be used to overcome writer’s block as well as apathy.

Much of what you write during free writing will not be usable. However, after you complete your free writing exercise, you should review your writing and attempt to find links between her thoughts to further develop intriguing ideas that may emerge. Circle any words or phrases that are repeated.

Do you use free writing to generate ideas? What are some of your favorite (or least favorite) topics for free writing? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Happy Columbus Day!

Use the following writing prompt to inspire you to write a scene inspired by Columbus Day.

You are an officer on the Nina, sailing with Christopher Columbus. When you land in the New World, you are greeted by a native tribe speaking an unfamiliar language. You realize that you have sailed far from your original course. What do you see and how do you react?