While ransacking my closet looking for I-don't-remember-what, I unearthed stacks of folders stuffed to their capacity with printed pages, and notebooks filled from beginning to end with my scurried handwriting.
Yes, this is my collection of writing from over the years. Or part of it, at least.
Who knew I was so prolific?
My husband laughed when I showed him and asked what they were all about. I'd definitely say the bulk of them are about horses or unicorns in some form. But there are also a couple Titanic retellings (with happy twists so Leonardo Dicaprio doesn't die at the end), some attempts at historical fiction, and many stories paying homage to my youthful obsession with Greek mythology.
I suppose, judging from this stack, I've never really struggled with having something to write about.
But for any writer who does, take heart. There are stories inside of you, just waiting to be discovered.
One awesome way I've gotten my creative juices flowing is using writing prompts. There are some great ones online, some even offering a prompt a day to get you inspired. I have seriously filled notebooks with writing prompts, and it's amazing how just a sentence or two can be the start of something awesome.
If you don't like prompts, try free-writing. Time yourself and put your pen to paper (or your fingers to the keyboard). Write for the full time, no stopping allowed. You'll be amazed at what comes out of your mind. And well, maybe a little concerned, too, but that's a topic for another day.
I will be posting more writing prompts here in the future, so stay tuned! I've got some fun ones.
And next week I'll give you some suggestions on finishing what you start. For some of us, that's the real hard part.
The Brown-Eyed Girl