My guest tomorrow will be L. Diane Wolfe who blogs as Spunk on a Stick. I hope you'll stop by and give her a warm welcome.
I attended the monthly coffee at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio yesterday morning. As our opening exercise, we took the tiny prompts on our table (about the size of Monopoly pieces) and used them to create a progressive story. We went around the tables twice, about a dozen members, and added a phrase or sentence to keep the tale going. Since we're an eclectic group of writers, the result was fun and interesting.
It's a challenge to write on command when given a verbal or visual prompt. I used to hate doing it and often suffered from brain freeze when a writing instructor used the exercise in a class.
The problem has gone away. No more paralysis.
I give the credit to blogging. If we try to post to our blogs on a regular basis, we need to come up with ideas quickly and turn those ideas into 500 or so words in a short amount of time. I gave myself 20 minutes to write this post, grabbed the idea (which was pretty easy since I was working at the studio at the time), and ran with it.
If you enjoy word prompts, I invite you to give me a sentence in the comments using the word "cactus."
My sentence: My Christmas cactus only blooms at Thanksgiving and Easter, never at Christmas.