Writers Write shares writing prompts and writing resources. Use these writing prompts for May 2021 to get you writing.
This year, we will share practical tips for using writing prompts at the beginning of each post. In May, we look at the ritual of writing.
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The Ritual Of Writing
Rituals are both good and bad. In the beginning, ritual will help you to change gears and find your creative groove. Writing financial reports all day and then having to switch to a creative mode and write a book can take a moment or two. If you only have 30 minutes during your lunch break, light a candle, close the office blinds, and use your earphones. This signals to your brain that you are now writing. It speeds it up.
Small changes can make all the difference. I know of writers who have two computers on two different desks. Others switch tools. They use pen and paper to start their creative sessions, and only go back to their computers when the story is humming.
In the beginning you should create a nice space for yourself. Push a table against a wall, add a small vase and fill it with flowers, and stick up an inspirational quote. Make the space inviting, but also practical. Your laptop should be easy to charge. The lighting should be good, and the temperature should be pleasant. You’ll waste a whole writing session looking for an extension cord.
And then, at some point, we have to learn to stop being dependent on ritual. We have to learn to write at any time under any circumstances. This is easier if you have a deadline, but for most creative work we don’t have specific deadlines, especially when we start writing. If that is the case, you should set your own deadlines, find a competition to enter, or join a community built around deadlines.
Once daily writing is a habit, you will be able to write anywhere and at all times. I’ve taught myself to write in small snatches on trains, in parks, or in a parked car. Figure it out. Make it a habit.
PLEASE 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 May 2021
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