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Writing Just Because
By: Mona Sabbah
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As a copywriter, I write every day. Subjects are random, deadlines are tight, and clients can get very demanding. From email blasts to content writing to traditional advertising, the writing is all work-related and can get tedious. Sometimes I need to write freely, without parameters, without judgment, without a deadline.

Whether you’re suffering from writer’s block or just looking to write for the sake of writing, here are a few writing prompt ideas to open the creative floodgates:
  1. There are plenty of websites that can motivate you to write, almost instantly. For example, Writer's Digest online has various prompts to get you started. They offer a few first lines and you need to continue the story. There are endless plots to choose from, including mysteries where you’re the spy, karaoke gone bad, scavenger hunts, and more.
  2. Journaling has been around forever and can help steer you into more creative directions, away from the day-to-day grind of advertising. Julia Cameron’s The Artist's Way suggests you write three pages first thing in the morning. You can also try scrapbooking for something different.
  3. Write your dreams — well, the ones you remember, at least. Those can develop into beautiful short stories. If anything, at least you’d have a record of your nightly thoughts.
  4. Try a different structure. If you typically write short form copy, try long form. If you write stories, try poetry. Sometimes changing the writing instrument works, too. Forget your laptop; try your notebook. Remember those?
If all else fails, pick up a book and let other writers inspire you. 

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About the Author
Mona Sabbah is a Senior Copywriter/Creative Director with over 12 years of experience writing for print, TV, radio, and online. Mona has worked on a number of accounts from The Florida Lottery to Air Canada and Keiser University. You can see some of her work at http://www.miamicopywriter.com/. Find her on Twitter at @miamicopywriter.
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