Most people wouldn’t dream of starting an intense workout without a warm-up first, but many writers will attempt a marathon session of writing, only to find their fiction muscles have atrophied.
Time to stretch your writing muscles. Use one of these five prompts as a warm-up before you sit down for your next writing session.
1) Write a letter to your first teenage crush, the one you could never bring yourself to approach. Confess all the things you felt for this person, and don’t leave out the embarrassing bits.
2) Imagine you’ve reached your ultimate publishing goal – The Bestseller! Write a journal entry about how your life has changed. Go ahead and dream big for this one.
3) Remember a special moment from your childhood. Maybe your grandmother’s kitchen when you would visit, or the day you won the spelling bee at school. Write that moment in as much detail as you can. Use all five of your senses, the smell, the sounds, the taste, the sight, the feel.
4) Create the world in your image. Redesign the world, as you believe it should have been. Your sky could be purple and your grass red, get as creative as you can and use as much detail as possible.
5) Write your last unsettling dream or nightmare, as if it were a scene in your book. Try to make your reader’s heart race with fear and their breath catch in their throat.
Don’t be tempted to use these prompts to avoid your real work in progress. Set a timer for no less than ten minutes, and no more than thirty-minutes. Stop writing when the alarm says it’s time, and then jump right in to your manuscript.