Writing Prompt Pit Stop

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is here…which is a milestone for me…as a high school graduate in 1974! Time sure does fly, and I’m sure I’ll write more about this later in the year as that “anniversary” creeps closer in May. Right now, I’m ready to plunge into the prompts (er, challenge!) at hand…and, no, they’re not going to have anything to do with making those resolutions we all do, or at least think about, as each new year begins. It’d be too easy to write about what those resolutions are…and how many we’ve broken over the years, right? But, that is an idea to write about if you find that intriguing.

Are you ready to take me up on a “mapping out a plan” challenge?

Instead of thinking of those resolutions that we all usually break within a day, a week, or a month into the new year, why not sit down and map out a plan for your writing, or other project, that you really want to do this year. Instead of saying “I’m going to write every day in 2014,” and then when you miss a day and beat yourself up and give up…why not say, “I’m going to plan on writing as much as I can each month, and by March I’ll have X amount of that novel written, or X amount of poems for a manuscript, or have X amount of that full-length play written….” Then if you make that happen, pat yourself on the back and say “Now by June I’ll have X amount more of that novel written, or X amount more poems for a manuscript, or have several 10 minute plays written.” If you don’t make it to your goal for March, simply map out something that you know you are likely to attain!

If you make June’s deadline, then shoot for X more amount of writing in September in whatever genre that you’re working in.

Then for the major mapping planDecember is the month that you will want to have whatever it is that you’ve been working on all year…completed. It’s then that you can submit your work somewhere, or maybe you’ll finish that novel, poetry manuscript, or play by September. What if that happens and you’re done in September? Well, then you can start on another project…maybe one that will only take three months. Or maybe you can plan to participate in Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) in November. Or maybe you can challenge yourself to another writing genre that you haven’t tried, or another creative outlet…maybe take that drawing class you’ve been thinking about, those piano lessons that you started as a kid and never finished, or an acting class….  No matter what you do, as long as you make room in 2014 to create and reach, or come closer to, your creative goals – then 2014 will be a successful year for you! I plan to take my own advice and map out some projects, and maybe take a workshop or class doing something that I’ve never tried before.

In addition, I’m going to do something a little different this time (and I’ll do this again on occasion), and post a couple of my own photographs for you to use as a prompt. Perhaps they will inspire you to write a poem, or create a short story, etc….the possibilities are endless. Remember, good writing starts with an image…! Here’s your twenty-seventh prompt:

“Images: Move Your Imagination!”


Northern Cardinal in Toledo’s Wildwood Metropark


Full moon over Montreal, from my trip there in August 2011.

Enjoy experimenting with these images and mapping out your creative plans for 2014!

I will be back next Wednesday with even more writing prompts for you.

I hope that if you ever want to share any successes or attempts that you get from these prompts, that you will let me know. You can contact me here.

Keep writing!


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