What do you feel about writing prompts? Sometimes I use them, other times I don’t. I never knew they would stir up so much trouble.
What Prompts you?
The Non-Fiction Novelist, Larry Kahaner pulls no punches with his views. Suggesting “why not just start working on your short story, book, blog or whatever you’re trying to churn out? That’s how you get your creative spark ignited”
Is he correct? That is a good question. My friend, Marilyn Davis is a firm believer that everything should have a plan and that is where you start. There are times when I agree, but there are also times when I believe in free writing as the only way to get the juices going and get you piece moving. There are times when I have forgotten something vital when writing to a plan. I have also done the same with free writing. I wish there were a cure to forgetting the vital part.
His question, are you wasting your time getting your engine revved by setting out a plan?
This is an interesting question. I am truthfully in neither camp. I like a plan, but I also like to get going. Much depends on the day and task at hand. I do add a prompt if I think of an idea to be used later in the essay, even when free writing. I would love to hear your view my readers.
Larry Kahaner introduces the topic (including an elegant picture):
His belief: No matter how much you’re going to hate me for saying this, writing prompts are dumb. Further, he doesn’t know any working writers who use them. Further, he questions why would you spend time and energy on something that you’re not going to use, something that’s supposed to ‘get your creative juices flowing’ and then toss aside?
Why not just start working on your short story, book, blog or whatever you’re trying to churn out? That’s how you get your creative spark ignited.
I know, I know… many new writers feel naked without the cloak of writing prompts.
What do you think?