Picture this: you sit down to write, opening up a brand new journal, pen in hand. Eager to start writing, you stare blankly at the journaling page -- and nothing comes out. You want to write, but you're blocked, stuck, or don't know where to begin.
If this happens to you, you're not alone. Sometimes creativity strikes right as we write; other times, that creative well is dry, no flood of ideas, no rushing river.
Here's where prompts come in.
A prompt is a guiding sentence, a question, or an invitation -- like I'm grateful for or "What are you noticing?" -- a tool that can help unstick us from the stuck parts of practice.
If you're looking for inspiration, here are a few favorite prompts to start with. Write, draw, use colors, shapes, lists etc to respond to these guiding questions.
Generate your own prompts based on the intentions, aims, or interests you notice in your own life and an inner sense of gentle curiosity.
Six prompts for practice:
- How are you?
- What are you grateful for?
- What do you notice?
- What's challenging you?
- What are you excited about?
- What do your senses say?
Play with language, words, form. It's your practice -- let yourself show up on the page how you want to. Prompts pair well with our spiral notebooks and can be great for responding to everyday.
Do you work with prompts in your writing? Share your favorites below.