Blogging Insights — Prompt Me

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. Today Dr. Tanya wants to know how we feel about writing prompts. She asks…

How do writing prompts affect your creativity? Do they expand it, or do they restrict it?

I think writing prompts are a great way to stimulate creativity. You’re given a word and/or an image and asked to create a story or a poem around the prompt. The prompt word or image sets off your imagination to create whatever your mind sees or conjures up. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of taking multiple daily prompt words and weaving together a story that flows nicely and doesn’t sound forced, and I’m hoping to get into that once this torpor that I’m in passes.

Some people don’t like prompts with word limits because they believe that such limits stifle creativity. But as someone who appreciates brevity, I don’t mind them. I like the challenge of crafting a complete story with a beginning, a middle, and an end within a specific word limitation.

Can they be considered ‘real’ or ‘true’ writing?

Of course they are considered to be real and true writing. I would posit that all writing, not just blogging, but almost any writing, is triggered by prompts of one sort or another, whether current or historical events, dreams, something that was seen, heard, read, or personally experienced.

What is your favorite kind of prompt?

Any port in a storm; any prompt that triggers one’s imagination.

12 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Prompt Me

  1. donmatthewspoetry February 7, 2023 / 1:00 am

    Why am I always prompted
    To write a silly verse?
    Am I too creative?
    Or is it something worse?

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  2. Nope, Not Pam February 7, 2023 / 1:44 am

    I think some prompts are more organic than others. Photos allow for more interpretation, words tend to be a bit pigeonhole

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  3. leigha66 February 7, 2023 / 11:33 am

    Good answers all around, but I especially like your direct and to the point last one.

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  4. drtanya@saltedcaramel February 7, 2023 / 6:58 pm

    That is such a great and true idea, that all writing arises from some kind of prompt.
    I never cease to be impressed by the way you combine several different prompts into one coherent post.

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  5. Forestwood February 18, 2023 / 10:05 pm

    If it is triggers a new thought pattern or train, there prompts are extremely useful.

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