One of the biggest problems I have when writing, especially warm-ups, is determining what to write. Sometimes stream-of-consciousness works but sometimes I can stare at the blank screen for 10 minutes and still not have a coherent thought (My Sweetheart says that happens more often than not). So, I turn to the Interwebs for writing prompts. One of my favorite prompt-creator is
Write One Leaf is about writing every day. It’s about getting started. Write one leaf; one word, two pages, three notecards, four napkins, five blog posts, &c. But begin. Use your hands. The best way to get started is to get started. Write. Right now.
Writing prompts are a great way to develop your writing chops. Set a time limit for yourself, say 10 minutes, and write about the topic (how about “kitchen shears”). See what you can come up with. Maybe its a story about how you use kitchen shears to snip herbs for spaghetti, or how it was used as a murder weapon. The point is to continue writing because, as will all things, practice makes perfect. Of course, perfect make perfect but you can’t get there if you don’t practice first!
By the way, participating in NaBloPoMo is another way to increase writing skills. Just sayin’.
*Develop is a synonym for sprout.