Okay readers! This last week I’ve been recommitting myself to my daily writing practice and I’m starting by going through a 7 day challenge I’ve created for myself.
A few months back, in the Facebook group I co-run called Leap of Words, I hosted a six weekly daily writing challenge. Looking back, I wish I had done a better job of committing myself the prompts. Although I did all of them, there were a few days were I was very “meh” about it. The challenge was created to help inspire and cultivate a daily writing practice, and at the time that was a huge struggle for me.
So starting today, I’m working through 7 of the writing prompts from the challenge, and I hope you’ll think about joining me! This short challenge will include two personal essay prompts, two short fiction prompts, two poem prompts and one free write day.
I’ll be sharing all the writing prompts below as well as journal I’ve created where you can brainstorm, keep notes and follow along. In the future, I hope to create shorter challenges (and deliver them to your inbox!) so let me know what you think of all of this.
And if you’re looking for a place to connect with other writers over the next 7 days, check out the Facebook group – Leap of Words – where I’ll be sharing my progress with our amazing community. Even if you’re starting this challenge way after I do, please consider joining the group! We’d love to support you no matter where you are in your writing journey.
Now it’s time to grab that writing journal and get started!
“The Beginning of the End”: Often it’s easy to remember how things ended, but harder to remember how they began. Think of a memory or situation in your life that you can recall the ending of. It could be the end of a relationship, a time a vacation ended or a conversation you had once. Now, write about that memory in reverse.
“Looking Forward”: Yesterday, we utilized a memory to write a creative personal essay. Now, we’re jumping to the forward! Write an essay as if you’re five, ten or even twenty years in the future. What do you want to accomplish between now and then? Use that to write an essay reflecting on your accomplishments.
“Heroics”: Think of a hero, such as Harry Potter, and now imagine if they’d chosen to stop being a hero. What happens if Harry refuses to save Ginny from the Chamber of Secrets? What if Robin Hood stole from the rich and kept for himself? Write a short story or scene based on this new narrative
“Free Write”: Today is your day to write whatever you want or catch up on a previous post you missed! The important part of today is just to write what you feel called to, such as a poem, short story or even a play.
“The Art of Fiction”: In today’s prompt we combine my two loves: art and writing! Henry James maintained friendships with, and was influenced, by painters such as John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler throughout his entire career. In his 1884 essay “The Art of Fiction”, James reflected on the ways art and writing are the same. Take a piece of art you really admire and write a short story or scene based on what you believe inspired the painter to create it.
“The Sound of Language”: Think of some of your favorite sounds: rain fall, children’s laughter, your loved one’s heartbeat. Create two short poems that focus on describing a sound and the way it makes you feel. What emotions do these sounds resonate with? What kind of events or moments in your personal life do you tie to the sound?
“More than Words”: Think for a moment on what makes language and grammar so important in all texts? What about how a piece of texts look? What difference does a line break or a change in paragraph mean for the emotional themes of a text? Now, write a poem that incorporate formatting and styling choices which contribute to the emotional intentions of your poem, such as strikethrough, border boxes, white spaces, sideways orientation of words and lines, italics, quotation marks, punctuation, and parentheses.
If you’ve made it to the end of the challenge, CONGRATULATIONS! You’re amazing. Plain and simple. Please connect with me online (find me here) and let me know how it went!