Not long ago, I had joined a local writing group in our area. Each week the group gets together and to help the members improve their writing. Some of those in attendance are poets, novelists, short story authors, and even article writers like me. To help everyone get over writer’s block they start the meeting with a writer’s prompt and ask everyone to get busy writing. Let me explain how this works using this is a case study. Below is a recent writer’s prompt which was used by our group. They borrow this writer’s prompt from a major writer’s magazine;
"There’s a knock on your door. When you open it, you find a cowboy-complete with the hat, boots, spurs, six-shooter, the accent, everything-standing on your front step. He claims he has no idea who he is or what he’s doing there. Write this scene, as you try to sort out his (and your) confusion."
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Perhaps you can see from this case study that using such writer prompts can be a lot of fun. In our group each member is allowed between five and 10 minutes to come up with some sort of scene or story to go with the writer’s prompt. And then we read them aloud. It helps unite the group, and it is fun to see all the creative flow, and even better to see people enjoy what they’re doing; writing.