|Writing Just Because
By: Mona Sabbah
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:
If all else fails, pick up a book and let other writers inspire you.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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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