What to do with the prompts

Each practice post comes to you with five topics. You give each topic five minutes, and stick as closely as you can to The Rules.

The Rules are simple.

  1. Write whatever you like prompted by each practice topic – fiction, non fiction, gobbledegook. It doesn’t matter, because these words are not “official”. Write without over-thinking, or stopping.
  2. Keep going, especially if it’s difficult.
  3. After five minutes switch to the next topic (unless you are completely swept away by something).

That’s it.

Done like this you get 25 minutes of writing time (the length of one pomodoro!). You might get some good springboards for longer projects, you might air some dirty laundry – whatever happens, you will be writing more than you were, and strengthening those writing muscles.

“I’m working on a novel/short story/play…”

I recommend using the prompts and writing with your project in mind. Use one of your characters & find out what they think of fish fingers, for example (this especially helps give minor characters depth in your own mind). Use a place and explore an aspect of it. Think of a scene you’re having trouble with and use the prompts as detail for it.

Whether you use what comes out of the practice is neither here nor there – just doing it can help you get past a stuck place.

Types of Prompts

Single words
Sentence beginnings
Things that are…
Phrases