Let me be clear:
I have nothing to sell, I’m not trying to promote a cause or doctrine, my political and religious beliefs are my own, and my tastes in all things are eclectic and personal. Here, I’m just trying to share my love of the process of writing, and my delight in being able to encourage new written work. These creative writing prompts and exercises are my free gift to you, no strings attached.
Before Covid, I ran two creative writing groups in County Mayo, Ireland, in which I shared publishing news and information, set writing challenges and prompts, and where we all encouraged each other to keep writing. I also ran ‘Creative Writing for Beginners’ courses for the local ETB (Education and Training Board).
In March 2020, when all meetings were cancelled, I decided to post on-line prompts to keep my writing group friends entertained.
The excitement of 42 daily prompts (which was my nod to Douglas Adams and ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’) was somewhat overwhelming, so I switched to posting weekly prompts as the year unfolded.
The first series of 137 prompts ran from March 2020 to October 2021. These are temporarily unavailable while I decide what to do with them. But now I’ve started all over again, with plans for six months – 26 new weekly prompts, which may or may not follow the 26 letters of the alphabet.
Why am I doing this? Because I can, because I want to, because…
Well, I know a bit about being published (I have edited more than 20 publications, I used to be a local newspaper journalist, and now I am a poet and short story writer with a few modest successes under my belt). But I also know about how difficult it can be to keep going, how disconcerting rejections can be, and how hard it can be to come up with new ideas.
I’m also a great proponent of writing being an accessible, enjoyable pastime for anyone capable of holding a pen (or striking a keyboard), and that it doesn’t always have to be about getting published. Sometimes, the process is enough – which is why I encourage journaling and writing for your eyes only.
This new series of prompts will again have random content encouraging the writing of poetry, creative non-fiction, memoir, short stories, drama and flash fiction – and of course, journaling.
Enough said – get stuck in if you want to, and enjoy! There’s a new prompt every Wednesday at 5pm Dublin time.