Blog Bourne has been coming up with many wonderful ideas and programs to help their writers succeed on the site. Recently they instituted a Weekly Writing Prompt program. Each Monday there will be a prompt in the forums and posted in the Facebook group, Bourne to Write. There is no requirement to participate in the weekly prompt, it is only there to help and suggest.
Who Needs Writing Prompts?
Well, sometimes every writer needs a little brainstorming and some fresh ideas. Perhaps you don’t write as much as you like because you are tired of coming up with your own topic, or you have just run out of thoughts and ideas to write about. Trust me, it happens to all writers at some point. Throw topics at me and I can write all day. If I have to come up with my own, I think more than I write.
Besides, writing about something totally different than you are used to can challenge you to step outside of your niche zone. When a writer gets too comfortable with their topics, they can become bored with it. Writing should be about passion for your craft, even though we are all trying to earn from it.
Do I have to Use the Exact Topic?
The writing prompts are meant to give ideas and suggestions. What you create and post is entirely up to you. It’s not so much about what you write as it is about helping you to be inspired to write. For instance, Blog Bourne recently hosted a writing challenge about 40 Knives. If you read the articles that participants posted, they are all very different.
Perhaps you will read the prompts and it will remind you of something else entirely. That’s okay. When I read about the 40 Knives challenge that was about someone who actually ingested 40 knives, I immediately started thinking about the addiction of eating strange things. My post had nothing to do with knives, yet the challenge made me think of something to write.
Think Outside the Box
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when you read a writing prompt. If everyone wrote about the exact same thing, we would get tired of reading it over and over. Strive to come up with unique, fresh ideas. Look at the word or suggestions in the weekly prompts. What immediately comes to mind? That is probably the topic you should write about.
Remember, that the Weekly Writing Prompt is not a contest and no one is required to participate. It is merely another new tool that Blog Bourne has to help its writers succeed. Check it out on Monday mornings and see if the prompts interest you. It’s a great way to kick-start your week and get the writing juices flowing.