31 Writing Prompts For July 2021

31 Writing Prompts For July 2021


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

This year, we will share practical tips for using writing prompts at the beginning of each post. In July, we look at exploring theme through prompts.

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Exploring Theme Through Prompts

‘You can’t tell any kind of a story without having some kind of a theme, something to say between the lines.’ – Robert Wise

When we write fiction, it is all about story goals, character goals, and scene goals. When we arrive on the page for our free writing, we should arrive with no expectations or plans. The prompts will lead you and help you discover where your writing wants to go. This is why it is called free writing. It’s all about discovery and meandering. It’s about finding out what we want to say between the lines.

Sometimes a character appears on the page and we follow them around. Once I spent six months with the same characters in my prompts and this became a novel. This was an unexpected gift. It was unplotted and it was fun (and a huge job) wrangling it into a story shape later.

Some ideas need more exploring before you can plan them. In this case I had to figure out why the actions were taking place and how they affected the world I had set the story in. The freedom of free writing allowed me to do this.

By writing ‘free’ every day you will find themes that emerge in your writing. These can be simple observations or recurring topics that come out when you write. What you do with them is up to you. You will most likely see these themes reflected in your novels. Discovering them in prompts often leads to a line or a description that encapsulates what you want to say.

If you are struggling to define or articulate your theme, try writing about the opposite of the theme. Either exaggerate the status quo or disrupt it entirely.

Exploring a theme or getting to know a character is a fun way to use the writing opportunity, but don’t start out with the intention. Free writing will also help you uncover the story world. Show up to the page and see where it takes you.

31 Writing Prompts For July 2021

31 Writing Prompts For July 2021

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