31 Writing Prompts For January 2021

31 Writing Prompts For January 2021


Writers Write shares writing prompts and writing resources. Use these writing prompts for January 2021 to get you writing.

This year, we will share some practical tips for using writing prompts at the beginning of each post. In January, we look at Daily Writing Practice.

[Editor’s note: If you want to get all 365 prompts, with the 12 chapters of advice, upfront and in a special workbook, please click here.]

Daily Writing Practice

‘It is odd that we never question the feasibility of a football team practising long hours for one game; yet in writing we rarely give ourselves the space for practice.’ ~Natalie Goldberg 

Athletes train to improve their technique. Writers sometimes forget that to write our perfect sentences and glorious scenes, we need to train too.

What does training look like for writers?

Well, for writers, it looks like lots and lots of words on the page. We write thousands of words just to edit them down to the chosen few. This usually starts with writing practice.

Must You Write Every Day?

Ideally, write daily.

If you’ve read Julia Cameron’s advice, she believes in morning pages. If you can write first thing in the morning, this is ideal. Wake up and use the first few minutes of your day to put your words down.

But, if you’re like me, mornings are a challenge. I am not a morning person, and I have two little people I have to get ready for their day. When the alarm blares, words are not the first thing on my mind.

Instead, I make an appointment with myself. I usually set aside 10 to 20 minutes of my day. This is after the little people have set off on their adventures, and I’ve had my morning walk. For me it’s around 8 a.m. I try to write before I download any emails, or even use the internet. The trick is not to check my phone – a feat I rarely achieve, but I do try.

If your life or routine does not allow time for daily writing, try to make writing appointments every second day or even once a week. These should be longer, but the more you practise, the easier the longer sessions will become. Use the five prompts that you ‘missed’ on the day you have chosen to write.

Once you are writing fit, you’ll find it hard to stop.

Use our 31 writing prompts for January 2021 to start a writing routine.

[Editor’s note: In 2021 we will share our monthly writing prompts, as usual. But, if you would prefer to get all 365 prompts upfront and in a special workbook, please click here. The workbook includes 12 chapters of writing prompt advice – one for every month of the year, together with 12 awesome printable lists. Buy The 365 Prompts Workbook]

31 Writing Prompts For January 2021

Writers Write Monthly Prompts January 2021

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[Editor’s note: In 2021 we will share our monthly writing prompts, as usual. But, if you would prefer to get all 365 prompts upfront and in a special workbook, please click here. The workbook includes 12 chapters of writing prompt advice – one for every month of the year, together with 12 awesome printable lists. Buy The 365 Prompts Workbook]

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 by Mia Botha

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  1. Chinonso

    Warm regards.
    Happy new year

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