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How To Successfully Create And Use Writing Prompts

Updated on September 28, 2014
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Who Uses Writing Prompts

  • Students
  • Instructors
  • Writers
  • Editors

How to Begin

Alright you have made the decision to write on a regular basis or better yet would like to write and receive payment for your work, how do you keep things new and entertaining? Some have an easy time pumping out the words when others do not. No matter what camp you are part of using writing prompts can lead to a fulsome portfolio and help get your self-made business off the ground.

Yes its no surprise, to make it as a freelance writer or some other fashionable word that describes someone who likes to write, one must have examples of their work. Those examples can be from a variety of articles or blog posts depending on the market demand and your area of expertise.

Overtime writing improves because like anything else practice improves ability.

Writing prompts is one sure method that can help along the way. Ideas are foundation for any writing assignment whether it is for school, work or pleasure.

Some Prompt Ideas

Current Events – look around and write about something that is currently happening. For example, what is going on in government – either national or local, current sports, natural disasters or crime.


Will Airstrikes Stop ISIS

High School Football Weekly

What Will It Take To Economically Recover From Recent Events

Interests – do you have a great deal of information on crafts, a hobby, maybe cars or better yet – writing.


How To Knit A Sweater In A Day

Short Hairstyles For Busy Women

How To Write A Short Story In Less Than A Month

Previous Knowledge do you have a previous skill related to a prior career or hobby. Can you describe how to manage a company, teach students how to focus in class, or new parenting tactics?


How To Create A 5-Year Startup Plan

Tactics To Help ADHD Students Focus

Nurture Children While Maintaining Boundaries

Common Knowledge – are you a Science buff or maybe it is English? Can you write about Philosophy or the trends in weather in your area? Even though you are writing about common knowledge be sure to set your article apart from the rest. So possibly write about teaching sentence structure to high school students.


Cool Science Project Ideas for 6th Graders

How to Structure A Sentence Using An Active Voice

Quick Facts About World War II

Environment – always a good place to spark creativity and learn to explore one’s vocabulary by using descriptive words. Taking the technicalities out of writing and setting a good flow by using a relaxed voice can is easy when writing about the environment.


Hummingbirds Are Most Active In The Mornings

Summer Wind Speed During Florida Hurricane Season

What I See When I Sit Outside?

Family - everyone has family stories and what sets them apart is their uniqueness. However, don’t make them so unique that you are missed by a Google search. Writing about family helps to create emotions, which also lends well to creativity needed in freelance writing.


My Families Experiences With Addiction

My Grandfather’s Journey From Italy During The Early 20th Century

A Time In My Life When ______.

Life Experiences are unique experiences that also elicit emotions and a good place to start. Those experiences may be well received by online magazines or websites that publish similar events to your own. For example, if you have a personal story about mental illness or addiction be sure that you focus on websites or magazines that publish personal stories, testimonies or biographies.


The Hardest Time in Life

My 5-Year Plan

My Happiest Time

Do You Use Writing Prompts

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Take One Word And Expand

Prompts help to write about an idea, though the ideas will turn into taglines and then merge into the overall title of your article. After deciding about the nature of your prompt start with one word that describes where you would like to begin.

For example, if I were to write about current events, one word that comes to mind is sports. As I expand I consider my favorite team, the San Francisco 49ers. I then think, what do I want to say about the 49ers? Possible titles could be “Will the San Francisco 49ers continue to lead the NFL in Penalites?”

The purpose of expanding is to create originality but not to isolate. That is commonly a fine line that takes some tweaking. When planning the title focus on words that attract the eyes. Words that suggest you have new unheard of material. Think to yourself how often you click on a website that claims to have “breaking news” or “never seen before.”

Don’t Forget To Edit

Being an online contender it is very important to have your work shine. Editing will help to climb that proverbial latter while trying to make an online name for yourself.

Google AdWords

Using Google Adwords will help to increase traffic to your site or articles as they are among the rat race of the web. Keywords are essential when thinking about increasing the success of your writing career.

Making Revenue While Writing

Don’t want to move too quickly, it is important to back up just a bit before settling on the seemingly perfect title. Of course like everyone else suggests, I am no different – I take a word and do a keyword search using AdWords. Google AdWords allows you to focus on what words will bring most traffic. Traffic equates to revenue. Revenue equates to huge smiles on my face.

Though all of us love to write, most of us do so with the hopes of making some extra cash. Those of us that are really good make a good sizable income writing for a living – I have not made it that far but surely on my way to building up my business.

After settling on a keyword that will bring high traffic with low competition and a fair CPC expand to create a title. So the bottom line is create a title after doing an extensive keyword search. Your article is eventually picked up through Google and that is how consumers find your work.

Prompts Expand Your Portfolio

As mentioned above, writing regularly equates to substantial benefits. Creating a hefty portfolio comes from writing. But when just starting out coming up with topics and content may be a struggle or slow forming. Though as time goes by and with increased experience you will be on your way in no time.

But what I am not saying is quantity wins the game. Quite the opposite – quality will win over quantity any day. There is a great deal of planning, time and research that goes into every article and success will take time.

As my friend Bill, BillyBuc on Hubpages says find your writing voice and do not get discouraged, this all takes time.

Good luck in your process!!


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    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Audrey. I do the same. When I feel a little low on my writing mojo I certainly start sending out my feelers in other areas.

    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      4 years ago from California

      Such a useful article! I tend to find inspiration in odd places---sometimes pictures---and sometimes just from reading the work of others--

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thanks Bill for the comment. I am glad to mention you since I have learned so much through what you have shared.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great suggestions, Michelle. Honestly, I rarely use prompts, but I know these will be useful for most writers....and thank you for the mention my friend. That was nice of you.

    • mdscoggins profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Scoggins 

      4 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Thank you Jodah for the comment. Google AdWords really help to nail down increased traffic. I like the idea of using song or pictures as prompts :)

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very easy to read but helpful hub mdscoggins. I very often rely on writing prompts to get ideas. A phrase or the name of a song, a picture maybe. I do need to look at Google Adwords however to try to increase my traffic. Thanks for sharing this info. Voted up.


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