The Write Prompts - Writing Prompts


A Word or Two to Get You Started

What is a writing prompt? It is a word, picture, phrase, quote or set of directions to help you kick start your writing for those days when you just can not get anything to percolate (it is also a great routine to get into to keep the words flowing).

In this page you will find a few of the above options to help you journal or start your next short story as well as some really great book ideas and other writing inspiration.

This page was created in January 2007 and is updated every Sunday (unless posted otherwise).

Note from Moe -- February 2, 2015: Taking a wee break. Check out my blog for lots of prompts.

Subscribe to the Write Prompts Blog and receive a daily prompt in your ebox. Please note, the blog delivers a different format every day than what you find below: Monday - Journal prompt, Tuesday - Image prompt, Wednesday - Poetry prompt, Thursday - one word prompt, Friday - 12 word prompt, Saturday - continue on writing prompt, and Sunday - Quote prompt.

If this is your first time here then please scroll down to learn more about using writing prompts. If you are a regular, use the pink flowers to jump to each of the writing prompts.

February Prompt Challenge

How prompt are you?

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A Poem a Day

For the month of February spend a few moments with the simplicity of Haiku, a terse Japanese poetic form that has been adapted to Western culture.

This is a beautiful form that celebrates nature in all her glory and wisdom.


black bird guardian

eternal silent slumber

blanketed in snow


The general rule of creation involves using a 5/7/5 syllabic count.

black bird guar-di-an

e-ter-nal si-lent slum-ber

blank-et-ed in snow

Try to follow this guideline for the first week but then feel free to add your own creative instincts as the month progresses.

Some more inspiration:

we are sudden stars

you and i exploding in

our blue black skins

~Sonia Sanchez

Fresh snow on the roof

of a car that passed me by.

The print of one hoof.

~Paul Muldoon

An iris

whiter at twilight

in spring

~Yosa Buson

Daily Word Prompts - One a day keeps procrastination at bay...

Here are a week's worth of daily "word" prompts. Do not read ahead. Get your pen or word document handy then pick a day, read the word and start writing. Mark each word on your calendar as a reminder.

  • Day One: Tapped
  • Day Two: Trunk
  • Day Three: Kidney
  • Day Four: Castle
  • Day Five: Pound
  • Day Six: 2400
  • Day Seven: Code

When the week is over write another piece using all of these words; and not in all sentence either.

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Look For the Red Blossoms

More to Get You Going

Need more than a word to get you started?

Scroll down to find the other red blossoms like the one at right to find seven different kinds of prompts throughout this lens; one for each day of the week plus a few extra just in case.

These Change Every Week!

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

In 500 words (or more) write about:

A woman who is caught on video in her sister's dorm:

  • why is she at her sister's dorm
  • what is she doing on the video
  • who would care what she's doing
  • who took the video
  • how many people have seen the video
  • and what is the outcome of being caught

Be meticulous with your detail as you write about her.

This Month...

Considering supporting a literary magazine like

Radar Poetry

by reading the current online issue, purchasing a subscription, or submitting new material.

The Perfect Writing Prompt

No Such Thing!

There is no such thing as the perfect writing prompt. Writing prompts are not some magic elixir that will suddenly make you an active writer. You still have engage your butt, mind, and fingers to get the job done. You can blame the prompt but the onus will still always be you.

When you decide to work with a writing prompt do not think too hard about it or on it. Think of it as a brainstorming exercise for your writing skills. The idea is to free your mind and write whatever the prompt brings up. Your mind has a constant train of thought, use it now. It does not have to be witty and it does not need to be prolific. It does not even have to make sense. You may never use the end result or you may rewrite it on some cold day in January turning it into one of your best short stories or novellas.

Do not surf the internet looking for the perfect prompt. It does not exist. Take the first writing prompt you come across and do something with it. Make it work for you whether you like it or not.

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Here are ten words. Start writing incorporating the words in as you go along:

ear, director, framing, dating, regular, co-workers, stuck, cartoonish, double, leading.

Set your timer and for the next 15 to 20 minutes then write something using these ten words, and not all in one paragraph either.

If You Do Not Write Fiction - Check out these pages

Most of the prompts in the Write Prompts page are for people who write fiction although if you are uber creative you may find a way to journal or blog these prompts. If you are definitely interested in writing prompts for journaling or blogging please check out one of these pages.

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Set a timer to write about the person, location and problem listed below for 20 minutes.

  • Leslie Vaine
  • In her car
  • Caught messaging and driving

When you are done write a completely different outcome to the same scenario.

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Write 300 words or more from the perspective of a sixteen year old named Anna-Beth Reimer and her hidden talent which makes her red in the face.

Writing Prompt

Get ready to write before you read...

Spend at least 15 minutes writing about your interpretation of this quote (or write a short story using this quote as a motto or path for your main character):

"The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable."

~ Paul Tillich

How to Use a Visual Prompt

Who, When, Why, What, Where, and How

Image writing prompts are a great way to stretch your creative energies whether you think you are a visual person or not. That being said, many people are at a loss on how to use photographs as a writing prompt.

Photographs provide a visual cue to help us get started. The great thing about them is that no one but the person who took the image or the person in the image really knows what was going on at the time the shudder closed. This opens the door of interpretation wide open. You could probably list at least five different scenarios for the image at right but chances are you will never hit the original event bang on (and you really do not want to) -- that makes reusing the same image kind of fun too.

When you are ready to use an image prompt, get your writing space ready to go, whether it is opening to a new page in a journal or creating a new document (save it before starting). Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and relax your shoulders and neck. Look at your image prompt.

Take in the image for two minutes noting major and minute details. If there are people in the image consider what they are doing alone or with someone else, consider the person taking the photo and what they were doing there and why they took the photos, what they were feeling. Consider the complete Who, When, Why, What, Where, and How very quickly. Then step outside the box of your thoughts i.e. image at right -- instead of the obvious, two children enjoying the day with their mother -- maybe they were being kidnapped by their mother and this was the only mode of transportation she had to cart them away. Look then use your creative mind to look again. Somewhere along your route pick a point and start writing. If you suddenly stop halfway through your writing return to your image again and ponder it for few moments.

The more you use photographs for writing prompts the quicker the story ideas will come. Like with any writing, it takes practice. Lucky for you, you can start with the weekly image prompt below.

This Week's Visual Prompt


Sometimes we need something a little visual to get our creative juices flowing. Study this week's image for two to three minutes then journal or write about it.

Photographer - Center for Jewish History. After you have written about this image take a journey over to the photographer's photostream for more inspiration.

What kind of writing do you do?

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Previously Featured Writing Books

These books have been previously featured. They are still great books so do check them out either at your local library or at Amazon. I tried to keep the titles accurate so you should only have to copy and paste them into their search box to get the top results.

  • The Writer's Block: 786 Ideas to Jump-Start Your Imagination by Jason Rekulak
  • Journal Jumpstarts: Quick Topics and Tips for Journal Writing by Patricia Woodward
  • Unjournaling by Cheryl Miller Thurston and Dawn DiPrince
  • The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
  • Pocket Muse 2: Endless Inspiration for Writers by Monica Wood
  • The Writer's Workout: 366 Tips, Tasks, & Techniques From Your Writing Career Coach by Christina Katz
  • Wide Open: Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts

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woman at laptop on lunch break

Better Writing - Through the wisdom of others

Making Time for Writing

Eight Simple Ideas for More Writing TIme

Over the last seven or so years, the most common complaint I have heard from writers for their slack in writing is there are "not enough hours in the day". The hours are there, writers must fine tune their power of redirection to fit more writing in. We do it all the time for the things that are important to us. If writing is important to you then you must schedule it in and follow through. Sure there will be occasions where no writing will happen but for the most part even a little writing is doable.

Here are eight simple things you can do to make time for writing:

  • Get up 30 minutes earlier and use the 30 minutes for writing or editing a section of your previous day's writing.
  • Find a quiet place during your lunch hour and devote 15 minutes of your lunch to writing. The car is a good place. Or anywhere that has greenery. You are going to be surprised how much you can get done in 15 minutes. Seriously, set a timer right now and write for fifteen minutes to see how much you get done.
  • Hire a babysitter for 2 hours and give her explicit instructions that you are not to be disturbed. Offer her a bonus if she succeeds. Lock yourself in a room and write like a dynamo -- do not cheat by doing email or laundry during this time.
  • Skip your email today and write for fifteen minutes or however long it would take you to check and respond.
  • At the beginning of the day (or before going to bed the night before) pick a writing topic to work on throughout the day. Whenever you are standing in line or waiting refer yourself to this topic. Keep a notepad and pen in your purse (or man bag) to jot down relevant thoughts -- yes this is still considered writing!
  • If you are watching your favorite TV show, keep a pen and notebook by your side. When the commercial comes on put the TV on the mute. You have a good 3 to 4 minutes of writing/editing before it comes back on.
  • When you are preparing meals this week double the recipes. Divide and cook one meal tonight and freeze the other for next week. The time you saved can be spent writing next week for a whole week!
  • Stay up 30 minutes longer. Stop using the excuse that you are too tired at the end of the night. It is 30 minutes! If you absolutely cannot do 30 then do 15. Give yourself a specific short writing task to do like flesh out a character or scene. You might find that you can get a lot done in 30 minutes especially at nighttime when the house is quiet.

Happy Writing!

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Writer Feedback - Are the prompts helping you write?

Thank you for making The Write Prompts lens one of the best writing resources. I have enjoyed writing prompts for you for the last six years.

Before you go please leave a healthy dose of kudos! Here are a few other suggestions for comments:

* What is your favorite writing book?

* What kind of writing do you do?

* Who inspired you to write?


DannyDolph92 10 months ago

Very great Hub, good work! :)

I always loved writing short stories, but I just kind of don't feel about telling a story. Thanks for your great advices!

Besides, are there other Tips, you can offer? For example, I used to listen to music while writing, but this could be distracting, too.

Now I'm listening to stuff like this instead:

This works pretty fine for me at the moment. Do you have some similar advices?

Thanks for your Hub again! :)

Niktravelfit 2 years ago

Really great lens, thanks a lot for sharing.

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inkedwriter lm 2 years ago

Great lens...amazing how a single prompt word can get the creative juices flowing

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Donna Cook 2 years ago

Fabulous lens! I especially like "Making Time for Writing." Even though I'm retired, I still have to block out time for Squidoo. I don't have an organized prompt system yet. I'm still a newbie trying to clear my head of backed up thoughts.

luismmolina 2 years ago

I would like to read more lenses around this topic. Thank you for the info.

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CubScouter94 2 years ago

This is a GREAT lens for writer to read. The prompt suggestions are great too! I like to write just about anything, but my favorites are - Non-Fiction Self Help books and (for Fiction) Inspirational Christian Mysteries!

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kehsiberry 3 years ago

Thanks for the wonderful lens. as always lenses in squidoo are very informative, people here have great ideas.

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TerriCarr 3 years ago

Nice lens. I think I do not usually feel interested in prompts because they seem more useful to fiction writing than non-fiction. However, I like your visual prompt. I also like the idea of freezing an extra meal each night for the following week. I sometimes freeze food for eating later but not in such an organized fashion.

alexisnilo 3 years ago

I am happy to have found this page, I think I will learn a great deal of thing here. Thank you for sharing

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TanjaCrouch 3 years ago

Love this! Thank you. I'm going to frequent this page.

Barnez1 3 years ago

Great lens. So many useful tips to help developing writers extend their skills

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PromptWriter 3 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@ruthclark3 lm: Thank you for saying so Ruth. I hope you enjoy the newsletter. In the coming weeks I will be moving it over to an updated format. Happy writing!

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ruthclark3 lm 3 years ago

Thank you for this excellent resource! I am pleased to have found you. As a new writer, I am hitting some blocks and this has already helped me. I also subscribed to your Writer Prompts.

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tammywilliams09 3 years ago

Thanks for the prompts. Yes, picturesdo say a thousand words so writing on those would also be great. I am still new to writing but finding great books to use everyday.

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nicenet 3 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial.

Ruthi 3 years ago

I enjoy writing to prompts on occasion. Mostly, I have plenty of writing ideas in my head and on lists; just lack the time to write them all!

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BlowDryBar 3 years ago

This is so fun and I love the idea of it. This would also be helpful to students studying for the SAT. I think it would help them prepare for whatever the essay section might throw at them! Very cool!

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stick-man lm 3 years ago

Great ideas!

anonymous 3 years ago

now all i have to do is start the first word...

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rbnewman55 3 years ago

I love your bio. I am also a brilliant procrastinator.

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rbnewman55 3 years ago

After reading this I realized that I have always used prompts but just didn't call them prompts.

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Rosanna Grace 3 years ago

Wonderful resource. Thank you :0)

Reichenbach 3 years ago

Some of these ideas look as though they'll be a great help - thanks! :)

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adammuller003 lm 3 years ago

I love your lens!

(answering the above questions)

*My favorite book on writing is "If You Want To Write" by Brenda Ueland. For me it was one of the most enlightening books on the subject.

*I write blog posts for now (and lenses).

*Ernest Hemingway, Brenda Ueland, Steven Pressfield, Dave Eggers, Cornel West, Seth Godin...just to name a few.

What about you?

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nicolekato 3 years ago

Writing prompt information is great. I normally don't use them for my poetry, but I often use them for blog post ideas.

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SquidJenn 3 years ago

Love writing prompts! Such a great way to start in creative writing, when you don't know what to write about.

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pepys 3 years ago

Great ideas here - and I am taking the June challenge.

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geosum 3 years ago

Great lens. I can use some of this when I'm working on lenses.

nifwlseirff 3 years ago

Prompts certainly help when facing a blank page and a lack of inspiration! Plus they also serve as good ideas for my English conversation classes!

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sarasentor lm 3 years ago

I love to spend time on great lens, like you made i love it.

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dumpstergourmet 3 years ago

This is great! Loved this lens and am looking forward to spending more time gleaning your advice and wisdom!

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tonybonura 3 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

I will admit to being the one who voted "What's a prompt?" Ok now I have a much better idea. I am also one who voted a combination of all three on the poll about writing types, but I am definitely not a poet. So I mostly do fiction and non-fiction. Mostly non-fiction on Squidoo, since I mainly write about things I know about.

Thanks for the great tips. I'll come back here when I get stuck.


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TheLittleCardShop 4 years ago

Thank you so so much for this helpful article, I subscribed to write prompt blog. I have never used a prompt for my writing but now I will not have any problems to get an idea to get started :)

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jadp27 4 years ago

i procrastinate too.. bookmarked your lens for later kiddin

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ysc 4 years ago

Thanks BigGirlBlue for this article. Even expert writer get stuck sometimes and these tips are very useful. I recently wrote article ( on how to generate ideas for short story writing and then I found this comprehensive article. I strongly believe that systematic approach and discipline can provide much needed bias for the writing and overcome any temporary mental block. Appreciate your comment on my article - Thank you

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makorip lm 4 years ago

Great tips as we all seem get blocked and stuck. God lens

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Jo-Jackson 4 years ago

Finding time to write is the big problem for me - you have given me some good ideas here.

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Cari Kay 11 4 years ago

I homeschool my children and use writing prompts for them. I hadn't considered trying it myself though. Thanks!

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WriterJanis2 4 years ago

These are great ideas to your writing started.

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colgrym 4 years ago

This is a wonderful lens, thank you so much for all your hard work

anonymous 4 years ago

thanks for the prompts hard work appreciated

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PromptWriter 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@Margaret Schindel: Thanks! It needs all the help it can get.

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Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

This is a terrific resource for writers! Blessed.

anonymous 4 years ago

"BIC-HOK-TAM" is the big take-away for me. I love that! I'm going to begin using that to motivate myself to write more. All Squidoo lensmasters would benefit from reading this lens. Thanks for sharing it with us.

KashRiz 4 years ago

informative and great tips...thanks

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John Dyhouse 4 years ago from UK

I am new to writing and do not yet lay claim to a favourite writing book; I am absorbing tips, ideas and inspiration from so many sources. I am writing poetry for now, I used to write songs (lyrics) when I was a youngster but am now rediscovering poetry. I have always wanted to express myself in many different artistic ways. I am inspired by so many people.

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MJ Martin 4 years ago from Washington State

Thunder and Lightning, by Natalie Goldberg. Stories, poems, articles. Jr. High Teacher. Great Lens! Thanks for all the wonderful prompts!

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bilafond lm 4 years ago

Some very good tips. Thank you for this lens

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Allison Whitehead 4 years ago

Excellent lens, well done. I feel more inspired than ever!

GaelicQueen 4 years ago

I am bookmarking this page! Thanks for all the inspirations!

marketingtoolsguy 4 years ago

You betcha!

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raelcalu 4 years ago

This was very interesting and helpful...i never realize Ive been doing prompts all my life (i mean when I write)...when I see certain people and events...when I heard a line in the tv or a movie...when i read a book.

great lens...

anonymous 4 years ago

This was so helpful :) Prompts have always sparked my creativity.

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danielmccarthy lm 4 years ago

Thanks for these, I needed to give things a bit of a kickstart!

NumberCruncher 4 years ago

I've never used writing prompts per se, but I enjoy writing to themes, and writing topical material which I suppose does much of the same thing - by giving your creativity something to spark off.

anonymous 4 years ago

Love this helpful lens.. Thank you so much for your gorgeous tribute. Have wonderful times.. always.. dear lady :)

anonymous 4 years ago

a helpful lens. Great job

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PamelaU 4 years ago

Brilliant lens - I'm supposed to be working on something now!

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aruraza 4 years ago

Great very useful and informative lens, thanks.

ginayonque 4 years ago

I love writing these ideas surely help me in my desire to write more

JimDickens 4 years ago

Absolutely wonderful lens.

TerryBain 4 years ago

Nicely done. I'm kind of a writing prompts aficionado, and run my own prompt blog over at tumblr called Write One Leaf, where I have something like 18,000 followers. Check it out: Blessings!

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CherylK 4 years ago from Minnesota

I just checked and the last time I commented on this lens was in 2009!! It's a great lens which is why I have it bookmarked. Good stuff like this is timeless.

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PromptWriter 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@RobynBradleyWriter: Thanks! That is a great site, I could stay there for hours. LOL

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PromptWriter 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@Gypzeerose: Thanks! Happy writing!

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PromptWriter 4 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@7thStone: Thanks. I think the security words are hilarious. They always seem incredibly timed to what I am looking at too.

7thStone 4 years ago

Great lens! Thanks for all of this inspiring information (I'm checking out your "Book-in-a-Week" link). I love writing, it ebbs and flows with me ... there have been periods where I'm prolific, times where I'm frustrated, and times when it seems I just don't have time. I'm sure you know exactly what I mean :) Have a great day! (does anyone else find the security words particularly funny? They nearly always make me laugh)

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Gypzeerose 4 years ago

This is exactly what I need for today! I am trying to jump start my fiction, to really sing my song. Sitting down to a blank page is hard. I would have read carefully through this lens, but you told us not to do this: so I have bookmarked it to come back to. Angel Dusted for sure.

RobynBradleyWriter 4 years ago

Great prompts -- I especially like the word-a-day prompts and visual prompts. A great place where I get ideas from is the Post Secret site. Combines visuals and a secret -- what a perfect way to start a story! :)

Nick-The-Novelist 4 years ago

Totally bookmarked this page, I'll be coming back often. Writer's block is a mighty beast, but this page might just make it that little bit easier to beat!

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ReviewsfromSandy 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Very helpful writing resource.

Hellus 5 years ago

Prompts are always a great thing! They offer up considerable possibilities and get the creative side humming with energy! This is a GREAT lens! Do keep up the wonderful work! Prompts are a window for those who feel uinspired and think there are no ideas out there! Bravo!

JayEle 5 years ago

Thank you, and great lens that is very applicable to this site

Edutopia 5 years ago

Even the most creative among us end up with stretches of brain farts and a writing prompt can be a great way to jump start the creativity up again and get your pen flowing. Great lens.

ifuturz 5 years ago

Great Lens

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kathysart 5 years ago

Ohh ya know what is so cool about this? I didn't really know anything about this except now I do realize that I do use words or a song or moods to "prompt" me to write. The cool thing is that one of the books you featured from Amazon I JUST BOUGHT! "Taking Flight" YAY. Angel blessed lens for sure!!

myamya 5 years ago

Great lens! Thank you for posting!thumbs up

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MaryQuinlin 5 years ago

Back for the second time--very nicely done!

Stand4Jesus2 5 years ago

Extremely informative lens. Thank you.

sheezie77 5 years ago

I really enjoy reading your lens! Just keep up the great work!

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homesteadinglif 5 years ago

This lens if remarkable. I love the red letters, stars and yellow highlighting

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mihgasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

Very useful. I found measuring of progress most challenging. Thanks for ideas!

Ericastanciu 5 years ago

The visual prompt made me laugh

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Puppet LM 5 years ago

Awesome lens. Thank you.

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jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

This lens is JAM-PACKED with useful tips.

anonymous 5 years ago

As someone who is trying to become a better writer, I'm glad i found this excellent lens!

anonymous 5 years ago

Awesome lens! I'm a writer too (just got my first book published - "Grace Through Every Tiral"). This is a great lens!

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fugeecat lm 5 years ago

I've never used prompts to write with before. I'll try it and see if it helps me.

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LaraineRoses 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

Now I'm wondering why I never found this lens before. Very helpful! Blessings!

ekkoautos 5 years ago

it's a challenge if people want to write a great prompt, thanks for the tips

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Board-Game-Brooke 5 years ago from US/TN

I need to start using these... I need something to get me back into writing, and prompts used to help inspire me. Thanks for sharing!

michellekurt77 5 years ago

Yaaay, nice challenging writing prompts..

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Frugal Bride 5 years ago

Great idea! Thank you :) I'm going to go ahead and try to use the prompts right now.

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gottaloveit2 5 years ago

I don't suppose anyone would have writers block with you around! What an important and inspirational page for us internet writers. Really well done. Bookmarked and will revisit!

zkajune 5 years ago

Thank you very much.. I'll try my best..

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markettrol 5 years ago

Great info and lens....thanks

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jtmcwill 5 years ago

Thanks for the prompts.

HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

Wow, this is a really brilliant lens! I've never heard of a write prompt before, but I can see how it certainly would help break the writer's block I face. You are a Godsend!

Quirkyart 5 years ago

Nice collection of books and prompts. Sometimes it's a good idea to unfocus on what you are currently writing, so that you can come back to it with a fresh look.

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diaperbagdiva lm 5 years ago

Sometimes all it takes is a little inspiration...thanks for the lens!

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CreativeExpress 5 years ago

Very clever! Thanks for sharing. I'll be revisiting this lens...

anonymous 5 years ago

Wonderful lens. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

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Surfer83 5 years ago

Great technique, I'll sure to use it.

Thank you for sharing.

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aesta1 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thank you for all the resources you have shared here. Saves us much research time.

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anupma lm 5 years ago

Wonderful lense. It really helps a lot. Thanx for sharing this.

ratetea 5 years ago

I find prompts really help me to get going. Usually, when I'm feeling at least moderately inspired, I'm able to just come up with things to write about. I find that reading...whether reading fiction, blogs, or anything, can help me to get ideas too. But prompts can definitely be helpful, especially when I'm feeling like I want to write but I don't feel particularly inspired.

JebbieBlue 5 years ago

Thank you so very much. Many times I struggle to think of something write about. You lens certainly has helped the ideas to start flowing. I've bookmarked this and plan to visit often.

anonymous 5 years ago

Wonderful lens!

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Winter52 LM 5 years ago

Love it... makes writing that much more fun. Definitely gets the juices flowing!

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

again reading it.......

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Genjud 5 years ago

Good food for thought.

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HeatherTodd1 5 years ago

Great post..Thanks

NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

Very interesting! Never thought to try something like this with my writing projects...

Writerfan 5 years ago

This is a brilliant Lens, there's some much interesting info for a writer and I love the articles for sale. Keep going!

RedHotDesign 5 years ago

Great lens- very helpful! Thanks for sharing this with us!

GeorgiaHiker 5 years ago

Wonderful way to get the juices flowing. Thanks.

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PaulWinter 5 years ago

A very helpful lens. I will come back to it as I often find it difficult to start writing.

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Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

When I am writing fiction, I like to look at nature photos in calendars to help me set the scene. It also helps to imagine what someone might be doing in, say, the Everglades or the Rocky Mountains. Starting with the place can sometimes result in a good story.

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

again reading it....................enjoying...

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pepys 5 years ago

I recently read about CS Lewis (of Narnia fame) where he explained that these books were inspired by mental pictures - A lion, a white witch, and so on. He stressed that his way of writing always began with an image and developed on from there. Now that is a writing prompt, if ever there was one.

anonymous 5 years ago

I suggest that if these don't help you, the visual or text prompts, try music prompts. I have a very dark and morbid story that I am writing that I HAVE to listen to a certain song while writing it. It just sets a mood for my mind. Songs without words work the best for me.

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THNeto 5 years ago

Inspiring lens - loved the imaginative prompts. Thanks!

anonymous 5 years ago

Great lens!

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Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

I love the lens! I'm going to feature it on my lens about Usborne's Write Your Own Story Book. Thank you so much for writing it!

NidhiRajat 5 years ago

nice and amazing lens!!!

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Brankica LM 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

blessings for the great lens!!

KarenCookieJar 5 years ago

This makes it fun to think of ideas like a game and less like work.

anonymous 5 years ago

Wow great lens. Thanks for this.

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Prezewalski 5 years ago

Amazing it!!!

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bames24 lm 5 years ago

great ideas... thanks for sharing... will definitely make use of prompts now that I know what they are :)

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russelljames 5 years ago

Very inspiring, thanks for sharing this

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herculeafitness1 5 years ago

This is an awesome lens. I have some great ideas for inspiration that I never thought of before. I can't wait to try using pictures as prompts. Super. Thank you.

AdrianWhitefield 5 years ago

Thanks, I love your lens,bookmarked and squidliked

anonymous 5 years ago

Thanks for the resourceful information.

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fionajean 5 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the prompts - sometimes I just stare at the screen and try to figure out what to write. I especially like the idea of visual prompts - I sometimes use my photos for writing ideas but I'll be checking back here again for more ideas.

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vauldine 5 years ago

This is awesome and worth your effort sharing. Like

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StevenCousley 5 years ago from Young, NSW, Australia

Some great tips here for starting the brainstormnig process. I sometimes have more trouble coming up with ideas than doing the actal writing.

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avgsuperheroine 5 years ago

In school I learned to use illustration books as writing prompts, and poetry. It was actually a lot of fun to explore using those methods

mariafox 5 years ago

Love your lens! I'm looking forward to coming back to visit often.

My favorite type of prompt is visual. Thanks for incorporating it into your lens. :)

myshelle01 5 years ago

What a great Lens this is. I am so glad I found it, great tips and prompts. I will use with my writing for future. Thank you.

JeaniG 5 years ago

This is a very useful lens - I can always use more writing prompts! Thank you for putting this together.

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TolovajWordsmith 5 years ago from Ljubljana

Hi. Great lens. It is very to the point and I can certainly use the idea of writing prompts. Thank you and all the best.

MichaelWriter 5 years ago

This lens is SUCH a great idea! Sometimes it is just impossible to get started for an hour. Then that hour becomes a day, then 2 days, etc. I hope people who write on my lens come here for inspiration!

htwabn 5 years ago

Goo techniques to kick-start a stalled writing engine.

Sarasota 5 years ago

as always, fantastic lens!!! Keep up the great work!

LaureJ 5 years ago

What a great idea! I really like this lens.

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Calliope LM 5 years ago

Well done. I'm going to link your lens to my short playwriting lens. :-)

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fantasticallyfi 5 years ago

Engaging and effective - nice lens!

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cinstress 5 years ago

I like writing too, thanks for the tips

anonymous 5 years ago

Kiss Me, I'm Irish! Lucky Leprechaun Blessings by a Squidoo Angel

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writercb1 5 years ago from United States

What an awesome lens! I love writing! Thank you so much for all these prompts. Maybe I can make another short story out of one. Monthly and daily prompts, nice. I love Claudio's photo, it's beautiful. And the Writers Idea Book is one of my MOST favorite books!! <3

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Yawapi LM 5 years ago

so much helpful information here - thanks so much!

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auntjennie 5 years ago from Canada

This is an amazing lens. I think it would help cure anyone's writer's block. I'm going to have to try a few or several of these writing prompts out. Thanks for sharing these.

Dinostore 5 years ago

This is full of really useful information. Thank you! Thumbs up and fav'd.

Marelisa 5 years ago

I love the idea for March, and I've read that thinking that you're lucky makes you lucky, so it's definitely a good idea to start thinking of the all the luck you've had in life. Another great book full of prompts is "A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life".

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Recession Proof2 6 years ago

Great, very useful lens. I really like how you've used this theme.

maryrussel 6 years ago

I love this lens. I favorited, liked, gave it a thumbs up and lens rolled it. I also took the poll and shared it on Facebook and Twitter

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Gloriousconfusion 6 years ago from United Kingdom

I always wondered how you manage to be so productive! Here's a Cupid Kiss from a Squid Angel for Valentine's Day

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BlakeCzirr 6 years ago

I found this lens through LotD. I appreciate your efforts to keep it up to date and to give all of us things to ponder over. By this, it becomes an invaluable tool. Thanks!

Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

greta prompts it is fun to see what other writers use to kickstrt their imagination

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Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

Congratulations on all your successes from this lens and for such a well-organized one. Great info.

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tobejim 6 years ago

My main prompts tend to come from different market sectors, national press and direct influences - if I'm feeling emotional. I think it's simply down to whatever interests or inspires you as a writer.

Yogizilla 6 years ago

I've seen the concept of writing prompts labeled in other ways but your simple, practical approach to it is brilliant! I find that writing prompts are part of the greater inspirational triggers. For me, social media and reading regularly have helped me get past writing blocks, bits of extensive procrastination, and the like.

The brilliance in the writing prompts system is that the quick daily exercises get your brain juices flowing and help you get your game face on. I do lots of exercises like this. One thing I enjoy, which may sound a bit weird, is self-interviewing (or, introspection, if you prefer). If you can't speak in a compelling manner to yourself, chances are you shouldn't tackle the subject matter at all. ;o)

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dotcomboy 6 years ago

Congrats on LotD

jeffvs 6 years ago

Awesome! Tons of help when your at a loss for something to write about.

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Mickie Gee 6 years ago

Well done! I have a writer friend to whom I will send send this article. I have favored it as well. We all need a prompt now and then.

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devilsworkshopc 6 years ago

Great prompts! Lensrolled to my ten-year journal lens!

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greencurator 6 years ago

Indeed, writing prompts can stimulate your writing spree. Thanks!

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capriliz lm 6 years ago

Congratulations on receiving LOTD and a purple star. Your lens is definitely worthy of both awards.

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saraih26 6 years ago

My sister loves go write. Thanks for the info!

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crazycuriosity 6 years ago

Thank you for this lens. It gave me some insight on getting ideas to be able to write more lenses. I am new to Squidoo and need all the help I can get. I have tried 4 blogging sites and I am enjoying this one the most.

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fashionality lm 6 years ago

Great blog about writing!

Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

I have tried your 20 minute writing sessions which turn into to 2 hours for me. Another way I get my juices going is to switch on the TV and just flick through the channels. Something will catch my attention which I watch for a short while. I let my imagination run wild and I'm off again. Great lens and congratuations on making Lens of the Day.

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SweetMarie83 LM 6 years ago

I haven't seen much on Squidoo so far that's been directed at fiction writers, so this is really nice because fiction writing is my first love. Great prompts, great ideas, great lens!

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Optimus Inc 6 years ago

Well done.

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KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

Very well explained ... congratulations on LOTD!

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HtCares 6 years ago

Love this is jammed fun of useful suggestions. Even I was able to create a couple of little stories by following the prompts you supplied. Thanks so much for sharing. Congratulations on LOTD!

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Pete Schultz 6 years ago

congrats on LOTD, I like the visual prompts better...but I'm more into photography than writing.

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Barb McCoy 6 years ago

I am currently homeschooling my high school age sons (both of whom write Squidoo lenses) and one of our courses is creative writing. I am going to be using your lens every week to glean ideas for our quick-writes. Wonderful lens. Thanks so much and a well deserved LOTD.

Adding to my favorites and lensrolling to my high school homeschool lenses.

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Michey LM 6 years ago

Congratulation for LOTD, you have a lot of good ideas here.


AdriennePetersen 6 years ago

Inspirational! Congrats on LOTD!

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Cath1125 6 years ago

Congrats on LotD, definitely gives food for thought to get the writing juices going.

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ludyshubs 6 years ago

Thank you for your valuable advice. Great lens! I will be back for the updates.

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njoylife42day 6 years ago

This is a very helpful and great lens. Thank you!

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katiecolette 6 years ago

Excellent tips! Thank you so much!

solmaan 6 years ago

well done on LOTD loved it.

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Fox Music 6 years ago

Thank you for this Fantastic Lens on Writing Prompts and Congrats on Lens of the Day!!

GrowWear 6 years ago

An extra dose of kudos for LOTD. Congratulations!

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Diana Wenzel 6 years ago from Colorado

You got my creative juices flowing. Congrats on LOTD!

glowchick 6 years ago

Great Lens! Congrats on being LOTD :)

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SheilaVine LM 6 years ago

Well done great Lens

miaponzo 6 years ago

Thanks for this.. I have never personally needed a prompt.. but it's great for those that do!

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Harshitha LM 6 years ago

Congratulations on LotD! I use prompts often and it sure is fun. Thank you for this great lens which tells more about prompts than I ever knew...

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David Stone1 6 years ago from New York City

Congrats on LotD. I used Amplify to share on about ten sites, including the usual and obscure. Loved the reading and will lensroll as well as add to featured lens on my writing spots here and on HP.

I write every day without prompts; so it's just what I do. Always inspired by many things. Too much to write generally.

But if I were to emphasize anything, it would be the passion for rewriting, of going back and urging out a little more of the art. I write novels mainly, and going back to rewrite (and rewrite) a first draft is really touching the core art. Although not as intense, I find this to be true with "curating" hubs and lenses. If I've gotten better as a writer or learned new stuff, that should be injected into whatever is being redone. It crystallizes and becomes new again.

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bt55 6 years ago

I've read (about peak performers) that many follow a ritual to create a mindset which begins with vivid imagery, sounds, and even memories of smells. The use of the techniques as a prelude to a creative effort is said to reliably replicate conditions of a previously successful effort. Though I have not tried a writing prompt per se, I have been impressed with the effectiveness of this meditation-like preparation. Thank you- this was very interesting. Well done!

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EuroSquid LM 6 years ago

Congratulations on your lens of the day. I don't use writing prompts. But you created a nice lens. Well done.

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mich1908 6 years ago

This is something new to me. Thanks for putting up this lense. Congrats.

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kougar lm 6 years ago

Informative and helpful lens. Thank-you. Congratulations on LOTD

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justholidays 6 years ago

Hm... I don't make use of prompts, I'm not a writer and just write when words flow... I stop writing when they stop flowing, lol. But I should learn some of the best writing tactics, of course ;)

Congratulations on your LOTD!

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hayleylou lm 6 years ago

Congrats on LOTD

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Airinka 6 years ago

congratulations on LOTD

anonymous 6 years ago

The write prompts are a great help indeed.

Congrats on LOTD.

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myneverboredhands 6 years ago

One of my sons (second grade) is learning now how to write prompts: once in the week the teacher gives them 5-10 words to learn (definition, spelling) and asks them to write a short story, using them... Very informative and helpful lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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mywebcontent 6 years ago

This is a very interesting lens..... I never would have thought of this unique and particular subject to do an entire lens about. I guess it shows I'm not a professional writer! LOL. I would be a guerrilla writer!

ayahazzam 6 years ago

Congratulations.. what a great lens... learned something from your lens

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DRomaxx 6 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations on your LOTD!

ohcaroline 6 years ago

Great job on this lens and congratulations on LOTD.

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Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

Very interesting, will put it into action.

anonymous 6 years ago

Returning to this wonderfully helpful lens to congratulate you on LOTD! I remember being impressed with this over a year ago when I blessed it as a Squid Angel. I'm doing the dance of joy with you!

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Cheryl57 LM 6 years ago

Kudos times one ga-jillion ;)

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TyGatti LM 6 years ago

Congrats on lens of the day, great lens! I use visual prompts pretty often :D

logoss 6 years ago

nice lens and very helpful content!

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Philippians468 6 years ago

great lens! thanks for the idea! cheers

anonymous 6 years ago

love the len I like the layouts and everything..

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lasertek lm 6 years ago

Interesting and helpful lens at the same time.Great job!

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delia-delia 6 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD! just learned something new!

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gypsyman27 lm 6 years ago

Congrats on LotD, great lens. See you around the galaxy...

anonymous 6 years ago

Congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

Super lens! Congrats on LOTD!

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WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

Congratulations on LOTD! This lens has motivated to try to be a little more productive and try your ideas. Continued success with this lens!

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Nancy Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

A healthy dose of kudos indeed! Great lens, and I found a book that I purchased here. Thanks for sharing...this has helped me tremendously to get ideas flowing.

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WildFacesGallery 6 years ago from Iowa

I'm thrilled to be the first to say Congrats on being LotD. It's definitely a worthy lens. :)

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onlinebusiness11 6 years ago

Thank you. Love it.

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newbizmau 6 years ago from Mobile, AL

I never thought of using prompts quite this way. Excellent!

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SunnyDaze LM 6 years ago

Great info here. I like the way you made the reader immediately start using propmpts right on your lens. Congrats on LOTD!

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TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

Great writing lens! I'm going to use some of these w/my 10 y/o homeschooled daughter :)

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sarahschoice 6 years ago

I am an elementary teacher and I think I might be able to use some of your ideas for sparking the imagination of my students to get them to write. Thank you!

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Retro Loco 6 years ago from USA

Excellent lens and excellent tips and advice on writing! I've bookmarked this lens to refer to when I start my next lens. Thank you for your help, and congratulations on LOTD!! ~Vicki~

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GonnaFly 6 years ago from Australia

Ha! No excuses now. Just got to do it!

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danr62 lm 6 years ago

Great lens, congrats on the LOTD.

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YsisHb 6 years ago

Before reading your lens I want to leave you a note about how much I laughed at your expression "brilliant procrastinator". I find it very witty. Since I belong to the same category I hurried to write down my comment now, otherwise............

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Lady Lorelei 6 years ago from Canada

Congratulation on your feature :)

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LouisaDembul 6 years ago

Wonderful lens! It sounds so easy the way you present it, and I guess it might be!

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Geekgurl 6 years ago from Chicago

I have never heard of a writing prompt before. I think this is a great tool to use everyday and you can fit it in easily into a schedule. Great information!

Ruthi 6 years ago

Great lens! I write to prompts and challenges quite frequently, mostly via Gather Writing Essentials at

anonymous 6 years ago

Congrats On Lens Of The Day - Well deserving - Great Lens

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modz 6 years ago

Congratulations on LOTD!

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Ben Reed 6 years ago

Brilliant. Just loved the lens.

anonymous 6 years ago

A useful tool, thanks :)

Ajeet 6 years ago

Liar! With all the great writing you have produced, you are certainly not a procrastinator :)

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norma-holt 6 years ago

Very nice lens and great info. Very enjoyable to read.

WorldVisionary 6 years ago

Beautiful lens, lots of resources. Blessed by a Squid Angel

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jennikitten lm 6 years ago

Great lens, thanks for spending so much quality time on it.

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dwnovacek 6 years ago

A great lens both in content and in style! I'm sure I'll be back for more creative ideas.

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needatitleokc 6 years ago

This give me some more lens ideas than ks

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javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is really good advice. I know that writing more makes me write better. It can be hard to get started, though. Blessed by an angel.

AmbrosiaPopsicle 6 years ago

Very creative and interesting read, i very much enjoyed it :)

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ronpass lm 6 years ago

Writer's prompts sound like a great way to help people who are stuck with their writing. Some interesting perspectives here on overcoming wrtier's block.

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Board-Game-Brooke 6 years ago from US/TN

This is a nice lens! I find prompts are really helpful when you're stuck for something to write. Thanks for sharing!

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Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

I made my own lens of writers prompts and lensrolled yours to mine although it is already featured in the sidebar. This is a great site. I am going to have to spend a whole day reading through this. Another excuse not to write.

martialartstraining 6 years ago

I write as a hobby so it usually doesn't bother me when i have writer's block, but i think next time i will try a prompt. It sounds like it might help.

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semas 6 years ago

What wonderful exercises to spark your creativity! 5*

Gail47 6 years ago

Every time I visit this lens I find more fascinating prompts. So many prompts, so little time... Thanks for putting this lens together for those of us who sometimes need a prompt or two. Absolutely fascinating. Plus it really helps with BIW, too.


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AuthorNormaBudden 6 years ago

Congrats on the purple star!It has been featured at

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Karicor 6 years ago

Excellent choice for a Purple Star award. Congratulations!

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PromptWriter 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@Virginia Allain: You're welcome. If they have internet be sure to give them the link to the blog too so they can sign up for daily updates!

marsha32 6 years ago

awesome incentive lens! congrats on your purple star

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Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

A big thanks for all these writing prompts websites. I supply weekly writing prompts to my family memory writing groups, so I'm always on the lookout for topics for them.

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PromptWriter 6 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

@anonymous: You're welcome Sarah! Thank you so much for commenting on the prompt and your writing progress with it. I hope you have a delightful month full of fabulous women. Happy writing!

anonymous 6 years ago

Hi! Thank you so much for the 31 Women of March Prompt Challenge. I wrote down twenty-five names of women I know last night -- friends, family, and co-workers. For some reason I started with my Aunt Margaret's name and began to flesh out her life on paper. Before I knew it I found myself flowing with a story based on her life and her son's life. I even got a visual of the hero I'd use. Tonight I'm working on writing out my mother's profile and just remembering funny things that happened while I was growing up and how much history I've lived through. I've spent the last 3 months reading romance novel after novel, thinking, I could never write like them. Thanks again for teaching others and when I write and sell that best-seller I'll let you know. Best regards. Keep encouraging others with your wisdom.

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TreasuresBrenda 7 years ago from Canada

Nice resource!

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kimark421 7 years ago

No fluff or lint on this lens. It's certainly not vapid. Your writing prowess is amazing, and I should see amazing gains from what I have learned here. There is nothing questionable about this info, so I will give it a whirl. By the way 5*s for a great lens!! I'm giving back billboard,acoustics, fishy, and sonnet. Too lazy to use those too...

anonymous 7 years ago

Awesome lens! You've inspired me to create a writing related lens this week!

ReggieLutz 7 years ago

great lens

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clouda9 lm 7 years ago

Oh lordy it has been ages since I've been back in here - big hand slap :) Love your prompts as usual!

lostinfiction 7 years ago

I found a page called Infloox, and it's fab as a writing prompt! You can research other authors' influences and fave books etc, and it's a nice way to delve into other ppl's heads for a bit :)

anonymous 7 years ago

Writing prompts! What great ideas to get started writing. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it has been helpful for me. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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myraggededge 7 years ago

I love this!

Lensrolling to My Passion for Art Journals and Journal Bliss.

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CherylK 7 years ago from Minnesota

Just stopped by on my journey through the links from your comment on my blog! (Thanks, by the way.) I really appreciate your useful lenses...the blog meme lens is awesome and I need to use it more. This is a great one, too. I forwarded this to my daughter who is a writer (as yet unpublised). I don't think I'm quite ready for the BIW community but it sure does look tempting!

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rubyandmahoney 7 years ago

Great lens! I find writing prompts to be helpful in stimulating my mind.

JeffRiveraAuthor 7 years ago

This is one fantastic lens!

CassandraRichmond123 7 years ago

A lot of great ideas

oliviabrooks123 7 years ago

This is one fantastic lens!

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blue22d 7 years ago

Hi Big Girl Blue,

Like this lens a lot than I have lens rolled to my: best on-line reference. * to you and a favor.

anonymous 7 years ago

This is one fantastic lens!

LanaBoom 7 years ago

Have fun on your holidays. Say hello to Mave for me!

oliviabrooks123 7 years ago

nice lens

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Eklectik1 7 years ago

A lot of great ideas---5*****!!

GumboWriters123 7 years ago

Great idea for a lens!

oliviabrooks123 7 years ago

Great idea for a lens!

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HenryE LM 7 years ago

A lot of helpful information here! Your writing style and layout is very organized and inviting.


AuthorsandExperts 7 years ago

Great idea for a lens!

Avare 7 years ago

Nice one! 5 stars! Idea is awesome!

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pyngthyngs 7 years ago

Your lens has prompted me to check out Caffeine for the Creative Mind. Thanks for the cerebral lubrication. Five stars!

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religions7 7 years ago

Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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Simeyc1 7 years ago

Interesting ideas for days when there's no inspiration! thanks!

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EpicFarms 7 years ago

Great lens ~ I'm bookmarking for the next time I get "stuck" (I'll just pop back over here and let you prompt me :o) 5* for some very helpful information!


Andan 7 years ago

Great lens, great prompts... awsometastic!

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tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

Great idea for a lens! Love all the prompts! 5*

anonymous 7 years ago

It is great to see this lens doing so well! Lensrolled to my own "writing" lens.

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LissaKlar LM 7 years ago

I love this lens. Thanks, the prompts help! I'm having writer's block this week. Missy

anonymous 7 years ago

The girl on the pipe was perfect for me! I got a great idea from it and it really helped my writing flow.

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Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

Excellent work! You're right, you never know when creativity will strike. Carrying around a journal or pad of paper is one of the best ways I've found to harness it. The caffeine for the Creative Mind book looks interesting, I've never seen that before. I'll be back when my mind goes flat (so in other words, soon!).

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BarryKrost 8 years ago

I seem to recall Ray Bradbury used this method. Great lens.*****

azuredrake 8 years ago

Nice lens you've got here. Love it! Good info! Going to give you 5 stars!

Smartshops 8 years ago

Great lens with lots of information! 5*s from your friends at Smartshops!

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lisasboutique 8 years ago

great lens, thanks for the tips on writing, and the books...will be looking out for the How I write....Book.



bcritchfield 8 years ago

Great lens. I am writing a business book and these are great tips and tricks. I am one of the biggest procrastinators myself. Thanks for putting this together.

By the way, I also do work with and for YUDU ( I have found the library great for sparking writing ideas and I really enjoy the publishing utility for getting ideas in print (digitally at least). It creates a digital flip-style eBook so you can see how it would look in print. Anyway, thought I would throw that out there.

freddi 8 years ago

Hi, Moe. I visit this lens quite often, didn't realize I had not left you a comment on it. It's a great lens. You have a gift for coming up with writing prompts, you really do. 5 stars.

anonymous 8 years ago

Today i learned what a prompt was, so thank you for for that

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Andy-Po 8 years ago from London, England

Excellent lens. Very useful

Divo 8 years ago

Excellent retort, I must say..............simply because I totally relate.

I'm guilty of utilizing many of the suggested techniques listed here.

Keep up the mega-informative work!


Creatively Yours,


rydigga 8 years ago

Hi, Excellent lens. Great tip on being specific with goal-setting, it really adds order to the mind and gets the creative juices flowing. Thanks for sharing.


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clouda9 lm 8 years ago

I'm back, with a finally complete the prompts. Just signed on with the freebie account on and will honestly try to complete at least 3 outta the 7 weekly prompts...I consider that a good goal! So onward...upward. Signing on right now.

HomeTowne_Market 8 years ago

Clouda9 said I would love your work and sent me to this lens. Oh does she ever know me well. I want every book listed and can't make to snag some of your prompts just to see where they take me. This is a wonderful lens and is very inspirational - I really NEED to write now. Thanks you!!

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Signhappy 8 years ago

Excellent ideas, interesting topic. 5 stars!

Marelisa 8 years ago

Beautiful. I've lensrolled you to my "How to Be More Creative Lens".

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BarryKrost 8 years ago

This is the kind of lens I really appreciate and aspire to emulate. A really good idea, great resources and lots of it!!

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TURCOLIVE 8 years ago

Really Great Lens. 5* from @ Travel Turkey's Lensmaster

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lynnasafriend 8 years ago

I keep a notepad with me at all times, I like your ideas I'm definitely going to use some of them.

middle_kingdom 8 years ago

This is a great lens. You have put so much work into sharing all these resources and writing prompts. When you get a chance, I'd love it if you would stop by my lens and say hi.

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PromptWriter 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

[in reply to wayfarer] Yep, every Sunday. The procrastinating comes with it taking all day. LOL ;-) Thanks for popping by.

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wayfarer lm 8 years ago

You're hardly a procrastinator if this is being updated every Sunday! Brilliant lens!

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ArtSiren LM 8 years ago

Wow! So glad I found this lens. Great job, and it puts my 'beating writer's block' lens to shame - I must try harder. ;-) Lensrolled and 5*

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CherylK 8 years ago from Minnesota

This lens just keeps getting better and better...of course, it's still a favorite of mine!

Jason_Wright 8 years ago

Great lens! There's a lot of great resources here for writers. You've put a lot of work into this and it shows. I'd love for you to visit my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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pmalynn 8 years ago

Thank you for this info! I will try prompts in my cardmaking. 5*

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heehaw lm 8 years ago

nice lense on how to write!

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paperfacets 8 years ago from La Verne, CA

I haven't thought about prompts. Actually, I use prompts to get started at the card crafting desk. I feel best when one design leads to another and I'm on a roll and colors and forms start coming together and the looks are wow! At session's end there is satisfaction. Thanks for the writing insight. Thanks for the creative start insight.

anonymous 8 years ago

Love your lens, am going to have to return regularly for prompts :)

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kathypi lm 8 years ago

INSPIRING, thank you, adding to fav's, kathy

stephaniehicks 8 years ago

This a great lens...thanks for the info.

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emmaklarkins 8 years ago

Great info in this lens! Prompts can be really helpful to get you unstuck. I write a list of ten "first lines" every month that I often end up turning into stories. And I also recently wrote a story in which almost every word rhymed.

beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

such a wonderful information for writers and wannabe writers.

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mbgphoto 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

Great lens. I've added this to my favorites!

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SaraMu LM 8 years ago

Love the lens. You can bet I'll be back.

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PromptWriter 8 years ago from Eastern Ontario Author

[in reply to SudokuNut] Totally no excuse! ;)

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sudokunut 8 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Very nice. I had no idea such things existed but now I do I guess I have no excuse for having writer's block every again!

nancydodds1 8 years ago

Excellent information and good advice about writing prompts. I gave my 5* rating to you. Iam sure this will helpful to you mortgage in UK.

Gretchen_Lee_Bourquin 8 years ago

No excuse for writer's block here. Thanks for the great deas

GrowWear 8 years ago

Wonderful resource! Sure to stir up those creative juices.

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Zen Automat 8 years ago

Love all the work you have put into this lens. Great Job, a Blessing from a SquidAngel

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EmmaCooper LM 8 years ago

Very inspiring!

Belindance 8 years ago

I can see how this lens could help anyone starting a squidoo or a blog. Sometimes you just can't think of anything interesting to write. I didn't know there were techniques available like this!

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cannedguds lm 8 years ago

I still learning the "art" in writing a romance novel and for sure, the tips that you have shared here regarding Write Prompts will help me a lot! thanks for sharing this and I'm sure this is not by accident that I've come across your lens! It's my fate and destiny! Thank you again!!!!

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ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

I almost forgot:

Lensroll to Writing Book Reviews and Mystery Genres.


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ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

I write both fiction and non-fiction. When I switch gears, prompts help.

Great lens


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GlennaJones 8 years ago from Orlando, Florida

Great lens. It reminds me of a creative writing class I had where we would start a story and pass the paper left. You then had to work on someoneelse's before passing it on. It was great for stretching your mind.

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SusanDeppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

Fabulous lens! You've put a lot of work into this and a whole lot of what makes you you. SquidAngel blessings to you, and thanks for the hard work and great inspiration!

JacobSaul 8 years ago

In our Literary Analysis Club the students and I used quotes, phrases, and words for prompts. I wish I had had some of the great ones you've listed here. The following is one of our quotes and the poem I wrote in response to it.

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Edwin H. Chapin

Learn of me,

for I am humble and meek

And you will find rest for your souls.

Martha’s tears were turned to joy

and Mary broke more perfume in celebration.

The drops of blood in the garden

made the branches grow.

Feel the nail prints here in my palms,

the sword’s grin in my side.

I really like your site.

anonymous 8 years ago

This is a great lens. I have a story in its draft form at the moment and when I go back to it I will be back to this lens. I love the Thomas Reichart photo - it reminds me of a scen in my book - how spooky is that.

5*s, favourited & lensrolled to my lensography as I will be adding a module about writing, next time I freshen it up.

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Spook LM 8 years ago

Great lens with lots of good tips, keep up the great work

Gail47 8 years ago

Fantastic lens. Not a lens to glance through, but hang out for a while. Mucho content. Good job!

darelief 8 years ago

Cool lens, refreshing.

Tricia79 8 years ago

Excellent lens! Thanks for the inspiration!:)

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MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

I am going to have to add this to my Squidoo library!

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CrypticFragment1 8 years ago from McleodGanj HP India

great lens! 5* and favorite-d

I use photos as writing prompts as I am very visually oriented. I go to flickr and pick a word and search then choose a great photo which comes up as my "exercise"

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Freebirth 8 years ago

Tons of inspiration on this page! Great work!

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annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

What a great lens. I will definitely be referring back to this lens many times. I have lensrolled it to Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments.* I also got the poll up-thanks for the nudge.

5* favorite for me!

HotbuttonPress 8 years ago

Girl, this site gets better all the time!

anonymous 8 years ago

Great lens. I'll have to come back and read more when I have more time.

MsMorrison 8 years ago

great writing tips!

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The Homeopath 8 years ago

I need a prompt on how to write when it's so hot you feel like your feet are melting. My mind just can't get in to it today.

bdkz 8 years ago

Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid!

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clouda9 lm 8 years ago

Read this lens from start to finish. Making sure to bookmark so I can come back to try the writing prompts. Added and already voted you up :-) on my lens Thank you for sharing.

anonymous 8 years ago

Love this site, keep it going!!

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ShannonC LM 8 years ago from Vancouver bc

Wow great lens...a unique spin on writing tips. well deserving 5*

richgerman 8 years ago

this lens is simply amazing! keep it up!

junepaisa 8 years ago

A cool lens- well done.

beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

uniquely cool. cool idea. keep it up!

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Angelina Gherna 8 years ago from California

great writing ideas

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Linda BookLady 8 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

Very comprehensive... there's plenty of ideas here for keeping our pens busy.

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TonyPayne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

Great lens, I love your way of coming up with things to write about, it's a great idea. 5***** coming your way.

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hearthealth lm 8 years ago

Im very much a writer at heart. its been ages since I wrote my last poem, and that makes me really look forward to the day i write them! 5 flamin' and favin'! This lens really found something that writers didn't know they were looking for!

Hope to see you in my coins lenses!

anonymous 8 years ago

I love this lens. I'm not familiar with squidoo at all. I did a search for writing prompts and found you. I'm glad I did.

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aka-rms 8 years ago from USA

This is a wonderful resource lens for writers! Thanks.

DebbieJohnson 8 years ago

Thank you for the wonderful lens!

5 stars for you!


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anonymous 8 years ago

Those are some interesting ideas. I guess I am a writer after all.

anonymous 8 years ago

Nice lens! 5 stars given! :)

beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

fantastic lens and cool links too! Great job BigGirlBlue!

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Sensitive Fern 8 years ago

Another great lens by you. I'm a fan!

anonymous 8 years ago

These are exactly what I needed today as I sit in front of my computer wondering why it isn't doing anything. A little grazing on the side, poking around Squidoo in corners I haven't been, and low & behold, you're the first thing I see. How fortunate for me. Thank you!

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CherylK 8 years ago from Minnesota

This is just what I needed...I've already got it favored but I'm bookmarking it so I can access the info at the drop of a hat! Thanks, much.

bdkz 8 years ago

Awesome lens! I gave you 5 Stars and a Squid Angel Blessing!

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evelynsaenz1 8 years ago from Royalton

Fancy Nancy loves inspired writers that are as creative as you. I can hardly wait to read the rest of your lenses.

osgoodetrilogy 8 years ago

A very healthy dose of kudos to you! This is a great collection of prompts. I'd love for you to stop by my lens and say hi.

beachbum_gabby 8 years ago

this is really fantastic. Kudos!

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Franksterk 8 years ago from California

Excellent lens. Great info. 5 stars, favorite and I'm a FAN! Bear hugs, Frankster

anonymous 8 years ago

I love this lens! I'm definitely checking back every so often to see the new prompts you put up. :)

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CherylK 8 years ago from Minnesota

I'm definitely suffering from abulia. But now that I know what it is, maybe I can deal with it. This is a great lens and I'm going to email it to my daughter who is a writer, too!

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RuthCoffee 8 years ago

Wonderful tips, thank you!

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giacombs-ramirez 8 years ago from Montana

My problem is that I get ideas while I'm driving and then forget them before I get them written down. Or I might be in the sauna and same thing. How to remember when inspiration strikes?

anonymous 8 years ago

I'm loving all the prompts. Thanks! These will really help my students to write in their journals.

anonymous 8 years ago


I've enjoyed my time here this morning. You have many and varied and interesting lenses.

It's raining outside and I'm waiting for the rain to stop so I can take my Pharaoh Hound pup off to see a dog show - I've been to thousands of them, she's never seen one at all, and she's entered in one in a couple more weeks, so I want her to see what it's all about before it's all for real!

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stephenteacher 8 years ago from Corona, CA

Good stuff!

Be an Unforgettable Teacher!


anonymous 8 years ago

hi BigGirlBlue,i really liked your lens. its truly inspiring and motivating. it encourages people to have also given tips for writing.i have also created a lens-lord of the rings audio books

thomasz 9 years ago

Interesting lens. Nice info.

internetry 9 years ago

A nice lens with some fine tips!


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HotbuttonPress 9 years ago

Oh, so good. Five stars for you! :))

attractfitness 9 years ago

Great hub

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daoine lm 9 years ago

Thought I'd pop in for a visit while I had a coffee break. Okay - back to writing :-P

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kohuether lm 9 years ago

Great lens! I will be sure to follow some of these prompts. I am always looking for new ideas with my writing.

Stuarts 9 years ago

Hey there! Nice lens! I thought you would also be interested in this guide I found about How to Write a Biography - Might help people just getting started with writing.

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dnuttall 9 years ago

Your prompts are wonderful!

I write quite a few blogs and keeping focused or centered is a challenge for me. Thanks for the info.

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groovyoldlady 9 years ago

I'm really not into zen chanting, but it was a well-done interview. Thanks for sharing it. Oh, Ok...I guess we all chant (incant?) sometimes. My most oft used incantation is, "I need some chocolate."

anonymous 9 years ago

Dani, your interveiw with Eric is extremely useful and well-done. I particularly found the passage on re-writing a good way to frame that part of the process.

Janet Grace Riehl, author "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary"

anonymous 9 years ago

You Rock!

anonymous 9 years ago

What great prompts! Thank you! These should get the motor running so I can meet my upcoming deadline: 100 pages by end of June. Doesn't have to be perfect; just has to "be."

On your mark, get set ....

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MS-Strait 9 years ago

I enjoy this lens. It reminds me how much I enjoy writing fiction.

anonymous 10 years ago

I would like to finish the three books that I have started and at least two of the five screen plays. I also want to get enough clients that I don't have to worry so much about money.

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Barkely 10 years ago

My goal is to write at least 6 hours per day, which means I need to get busy this AM! I would like to start (and maintain) my first blog, and complete my first e-book by March. Gotta get to work! Thanks for the writing prompts.

courtknee 10 years ago

Great idea! My goal is to launch my PLR site before the new baby arrives.

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groovyoldlady 10 years ago

My shorterm goals:

A) finish my own Affiliate Marketing lens (it's finally starting to shape up - whew!)


B) finish the 24 hour writer's contest for Writer's Weekly.

Sadly, I don't have any longterm goals for my wrting. I'm still trying to find my niche.

writertiff 10 years ago

I love the mug you put - I may buy that! My goals are to write 20 pages a day. Ugh. Double ugh.

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    Moe has been working from home for the last eight years or so. She started off as an Editor for BellaOnline and it somehow ballooned into her own websites.

    She has been the webmistress and moderator for a group of pleasant writers at since 2002 (OMG where does the time go). She started off writing prompts for members and well, you know the story of how she acquired this lens which then developed into a blog.

    When she is not writing prompts, she writes about plus size fashion on her fashion blogs and

    In her spare time she loves to read, crochet blankets, work in the garden, or practice her juggling skills (with real balls). She has been married for seventeen years and they share a bunch of furry critters she has also made lenses about.

    Ten Things You Might Not Know About Moe

    • She is afraid of spiders -- panic attack throw things afraid -- there is usually screaming involved.
    • She makes a smoothie every morning without fail.
    • She broke her toe twice.
    • Her most overused words when writing are "but" and "so". Her most overused words when talking are "Oh My Gawd" and "Seriously?".
    • Her favorite color is blue.
    • She has a fondness for vampire and zombie movies (and TV shows).
    • It is her dream to live somewhere cool in the summer then move back home in the winter.
    • She has been in two car accidents, both not her fault.
    • Twitter (followed by Instagram and Facebook) has become her first choice for social networking (counselling may be needed).
    • You are more likely to reach her via email than by phone as she always checks her email but rarely answers the phone.

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