Prompts for Writer’s Block

In response to comments from a few workshop participants about challenges they’re hitting up against in the writing process, here are a dozen prompts for days when you’re bored with what you’re writing or not liking your work, generally feeling stuck or asking yourself who cares?:

  1. Write a letter to yourself when you were 10 years old.
  2. Write a letter to yourself when you were 18 years old.
  3. Write a letter to yourself now.
  4. Write a letter to yourself to read right before you die.
  5. Write your obituary.
  6. Write an itemized list of the 10 dearest belongings you own (regardless of whether or not they’re “valuable”). Name to whom each should be given when you’re gone, & tell the history of the item & why it’s significant to you.
  7.  Write about the best year of your life (so far).
  8. Write about your greatest loss & how it changed you.
  9. Write a list of the things you need to do before you die. This is not a typical to-do list (i.e. write a will & etc) nor a “bucket list,” as it’s not about what you want to do. It’s about what you must do so that you can die in peace.
  10. Write erotica in any genre.
  11. Write about the very thing you’re most afraid to write.
  12. Write about the person you want to be in 5 years (i.e. a day-in-the-life portrait).
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