Whenever you want to get better at something, you practice. The more times you do something, the more you improve. Sports, for example. If I wanted to be an all-star tennis player, you’d see me on the court most days. You can’t become the best until you put time and work into it.
Writing follows the same rules. If I needed to get better at writing dialogue, I’d write more dialogue.
The easiest way to ‘practice’ writing is by doing writing prompts. So today, I’m going to search down some fun & easy writing prompts and practice with you.
#1 Imagine yourself in a different century and describe an average day in your life.
It’s the year 1209, and the start of another day in my boring, yet seemingly fabulous, life. My overly expensive red silk dress swished across the cold stone floor as I entered the dining room for breakfast. Ten to twelve servants bustled around my other family members, already seated at the dining table. Heaps upon heaps of gourmet dishes lined the wooden table, ready to be devoured. Daintily, and with a servant’s help, I sat down on one of the plush chairs.
“Good Morning, love.” Mother called out to greet me, smiling warmly in my direction.
“Good Morning, mother.” I responded, picking up a slice of warm bread with jam and biting into it with a sigh. Breakfast lasted hours, until the food dwindled out, that is. Once the table was cleared father stood up with a great yawn.
“Let today be good, yesterday will pale in comparison.” he shouted, a lazy smile on his lips. Cheers erupted from my uncles and cousins and they sprung up to follow father outdoors.
“Come, we have embroidering that must be completed.” mother reminded me as she and my remaining aunts rose from the table. Obediently I followed, wistfully listening to the loud sounds of happiness rising from father’s hall. Slowly and silently I followed the women to the sterile sitting room. The room where couches were decoration and even the smallest of sounds were banned.
My small blanket was pressed into my hands along with a needle and thread. It was almost completed, except the bible verse looked slightly crooked on the cloth.
Knowing that covering it now was futile, I began to rip the stitches out. I began to weave the needle again.
Yesterday would never pale in comparison if everyday was the same.
#2 Hiring a New Villain (Your old villain quit over creative differences, so you’ve put yourself in charge of hiring a new villain for your novel. What questions do you ask? What does the new villain’s resume say? Write this scene as if it were a job interview.)
**I will be K and the villain is R. The villain is filling the spot of ‘Axelle’ from The Captivating Ruby**
K: Good Afternoon. I’m very glad you could attend your interview today.
K: Before we get into the deeper questions, let me just ask you a few basic questions.
K: How old are you?
R: Whatever age you need me to be.
K: Do you have any other engagements at this time? Can I expect your full commitment?
R: Currently I work at a firm that specializes in money embezzlement. However, you will have my full support.
K: Are you a villain by nature or by choice?
R: Depends on how you look at it.
K: Do you have a haunting backstory that you will allow to be publicated?
R: Yes. But for all legal purposes I’d like a name change.
K: Do you have any opposition towards kidnapping, ransom, or theft?
K: How do you feel about maliciously ruining friendships?
R: There’s nothing I’d like to do more.
K: And my last question is costume. Would you consider wearing something a little more… suspicious?
R: …my hot pink panks are not negotiable if that’s what you’re asking.
K: So just to clarify, I’d have to write you in wearing hot pink pants?
K: …I think that concludes our interview for today. Thank you.
#3 Would you rather jump out of a plane or go scuba diving? Why?
If you know anything about me you know that I have two fears. #1 is large aquatic animals and #2 is free-falling. So this prompt basically is making me pick between my two fears. After debating this for a little bit I think I’d choose scuba diving because there’s a chance that I won’t see any large aquatic animals but with skydiving there’s a 100% chance that I’ll be doing some free falling. So yeah. This prompt was really short but I wanted to do three different types of prompts.
I hope this has stirred your creativity and gotten you to practice writing!!! We’re improving everyday.