Here at #Sacred-Literature, I believe that we, as artists, are constantly improving our techniques. We do this through a variety of mediums from fan fiction writing to the use of a writing prompt.
A writing prompt is simply an idea. It could be a single word or a complete paragraph. You can stick close to the theme or you can wander off on a tangent.
Write a poem about Night-time.
Why use writing prompts?
Sometimes, it is hard to start writing. How many writers do you know that complain at staring at that blinking cursor on the screen or the blank piece of paper? If a writer spends ten minutes working on a prompt, then they can find it easier to write on what they originally was working on.
The prompt that a writer is working on may end up being material that he or she uses. A prompt can give you ideas for another story. For example, my original novel, Cold as Ice, that I am currently working on started out as a prompt on one simple word: assassins. From that simple prompt, a trilogy was born.
Much like any other skill, a writing prompt will get you into the habit of writing. It is like drawing. If you draw regularly, it helps build on creativity. The more you write, the more you will write.
Writing Prompts 101 - [link]