Your favorite writing prompts or triggers.

United States
June 13, 2009 9:25pm CST
I'm not exactly new to the arena of writing. I love writing poetry, the kind that rhymes. I have always felt stupid writing short stories, but dream of getting over the self confidence issue and delving into writing a novel. I've discovered here and there information about writing prompts. Whether it be a sentence or a paragraph that sets a scene. I think my favorite by far is simply, pictures. I'm discovering I feed off all things visual. Pictures seem to set the scene with me more than a simple paragraph or sentence. The imagination takes hold, and even the photography style used, such as sepia or black and white, feeds into it. I have had the most fun taking a simple picture and turning it into a short story that stretches well beyond what is captures in the photograph. What gets the creative juices flowing with you? If you use prompts, what kind are the most rewarding for you?
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
14 Jun 09
My prompts or inspiration come from various sources: A picture or other artwork, a line in song, the title of a book, a conversation or dream, and nature, people. I find inspiration all around. I also keep a journal of ideas, so when a prompt is discovered, I write it down before I lose it. A great question.
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• United States
14 Jun 09
Journal the prompts. I didn't even think of that! Thank you!! I've had a couple of dreams that inspired poems. I'll start writing down interesting prompts so I don't lose them. Sometimes, seeing a quote, or hearing someone say something just so, gets the creativity going. I usually lose it by the time I go to write. *Note to self: Pocket sized journal lol!
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
14 Jun 09
I would have to say my prompts come from my life - things that have happened to me or around me, things I enjoy doing, things I hate doing. I tend to write about some really 'stupid' things but it's my life and no one else's. I wish I could write poetry - one time wonder here, wrote one a few years back and that's it.
• United States
15 Jun 09
I was never into poetry until about five years ago. I loved reading it, but writing it wasn't my forte. You could try just free forming it. Writing in lines that just relate. Haiku's are excellent as well for practicing the poetry vibe. I'm betting the "stupid" things make for interesting writing! Nothing wrong with that at all :)