Writing Prompts Category

Weekly writing prompt #6

An image from Una and the Red Cross Knight

For this week’s prompt, have a go at transforming your favourite fairytale or legend.

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Weekly writing prompt #5

Jazz trumpeter Henry Allen playing in 1946

Music can be a wonderful source of inspiration, as well as creating a vast range of emotions. Pop on either your favourite song or one chosen at random and create a short story, play or poem based on it. Like my last prompt, this can be as long or short as you like. Try setting […]

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Weekly writing prompt #4

A view of some islands from a plane

Imagine that you find yourself trapped on an island. How did you get there? What does it look like? Who is with you? What can you hear, see and smell? How will you escape? This prompt can be as brief or in-depth as you’d like. Try setting a timer for around 20 minutes and let […]

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Weekly writing prompt #3

UFO sightings chart from 1969

As it was Star Wars Day earlier this month, I thought that this week’s exercise could be something a little more fun.

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Weekly writing prompt #2

Five people in a car

Look around the room you’re in and pick out an object. Think about the person who might own that object. What is their name? How did they come to own this object? What do they use it for? Either write a set of bullet points, a short story or a monologue from the point of […]

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Weekly writing prompt #1

Map reading from a balloon

Point to a map and write about visiting that place. Describe how the atmosphere, the sounds, the smell. What are you doing there? Who do you meet? Give yourself either 5, 10 or 15 minutes to complete this task. Why use writing prompts? Writing exercises can be a useful chance to try out techniques or […]

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How writing exercises can improve your work

Men doing stretches, 1898

I have always been the kind of writer who likes to jump straight into the work. For me, writing exercises were a distraction. Until I joined a playwriting group. Suddenly, quick exercises weren’t a hindrance – they were an asset. A chance to put pressures to one side, roll up my sleeves and get creative. […]

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