Whether you’re coming up against writers block or are working on your magnum opus, everyone could use a good old writing prompt every now and then.
By Kimberly Lew (Playwright/Blogger)
Every month, my writers group takes a week off from our regular meetings. Prior to our hiatus, we choose a piece of paper out of the “jar of ideas” and each have to write a short piece based off of the writing prompt we pulled from the jar. Though many of us are usually knee-deep in our own projects when we add our prompt to our lists of assignments, we’ve come to find that these little pieces give us fresh ideas/perspectives and bring us together as a group. So, for a little inspiration to help shake up your writing routine, I thought I would share a few of the writing prompts we’ve had lately:
- "Write something where the same story is told by a character/characters 2 separate times -- once as a comedy and once as a tragedy."
- "Take a character from one of your favorite childhood books and place them in a completely different context - the future, a dystopian world etc."
- "Write about an event that happens in reverse."
- “For one day, you can inhabit the body of any living person. Describe that day.”
- “Write a short monologue where the actor performing the monologue doesn't look anything like the character that's speaking.”
KIMBERLY LEW is a playwright with two published one-act plays for high schools, as well as full-length Searching for Candi (co-written with Gabriella Miyares), which debuted at Mt. Holyoke college. Her latest play, Other People's Children, was recently featured as a part of The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's new works reading series and was a semi-finalist for the 2012 O'Neill Playwrights Conference. She also created/manages the Emerging Musical Theatre blog. www.kimberlylew.com
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