Using a PROMPT Box

PromptBoxes-denise reashore

Prompt boxes can come in many forms and hold a variety of things. Be creative. Use one or all of these suggestions to inspire ideas for your next writing session:

  • Repurpose decorative jewelry gift boxes, watch tins, and homemade gift card boxes. Write a list of nouns. Cut up the list and add to the prompt box of your own choosing. Select several nouns from the prompt box and try to use all of them the next time you sit to write.
  • Gather a variety of items, memorabilia with personal connections, and souvenirs from around the word. Place them in a gift bag, a reusable bag from a clothing or retail store, or a tote box. Reach in and choose one to spark your next 15 minute writing session.
  • Snap photographs and print them, collect postcards, and cut pictures from magazines of settings that you find interesting. Paste them into a scrap book or toss into a picture box. Randomly select one to inspire writing.



Related Materials:

Getting Started with a Prompt Box by Andrea Badgley (The Daily Post)

Word Box by Brian A. Klems (

Quote: Inspiration

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”

-Peter De Vries-


H is for Hungry Horses…


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Hungry horses sitting on a hillside, having honeyed ham with hollandaise sauce, hummed happily on a hot and humid day.

Be creative and have some fun. Choose any letter in the alphabet. Set a timer for 5 minutes. Brainstorm words that begin with the letter you have chosen. Then play with words, mix and match and see what happens. Crazy or wacky, just write it!

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Don’t let a Lack of Writing Scare You Away!


Don’t let a Lack of Writing Scare You Away!

By Denise Reashore

Beginning to feel like a ghost of your former writing self? Your spirit has dulled and inspiration is sparse? This Halloween try these tips to tear through the lull and shred any doubt in your writing ability. Write for writing sake, excite the senses and chop away at that writer’s block.

1) Find an interesting Halloween themed notebook. Use sticky tabs to divide it into 6 categories: SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SMELLS, TASTE, TOUCH, and Conversations. As little dragons, witches, and superstars stalk the night record snatches of descriptions and details in the notebook.

2) Don’t murder an idea – write it down. Start lists: lists of Halloween words, titles for Halloween books and short stories, and lists of possible names for characters in a Halloween themed piece. Record and save for another time, you never know when an idea will scream at you from the page or haunt your dreams during a restless sleep.

3) Spooky music might help sever any hold writer’s block has on you and make it possible to loosen the bonds of reality in order to write freely.

4) Don’t axe those recorded episodes of Face Off. This reality show is filled with interesting ideas and concepts as makeup artists try to thrill the judges. May your creative juices flow as contestants meet challenges of creating original characters that anyone would deem worthy of a Halloween haunt!

5) Spend a night screaming or rather listening to the shrilling screams of others as you view scary movies for inspiration. Punch pause, spend time writing or pass out treats, and pick back up where you left off when ready to be immersed in bloody thoughts and dark places.

Let the movies, children, and decorations be your inspiration this Halloween and enjoy the mood. Record the ramblings of scattered thoughts and random ideas as they creep into your mind and later, when pressed for ideas, this collection might be enough to help you hack the threat of writer’s block to pieces.

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My Writer’s Notebook video by  Mary Amato

H is for HOLL (Kristi Holl)

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Read a stirring article or blog before starting your writing, something to stimulate your desire, pick you up by the heels, and inspire you to write.

Kristi Holl’s writing can do just that. Her helpful articles rouse dreams of being a creative, organized and focused writer.

Author of two non-fiction books for writers: Writer’s First Aid: Getting Organized, Getting Inspired, and Sticking to It and More First Aid: Getting the Writing Done, Kristi Holl has also written over 40 books for children. She maintains a website and a blog, Writer’s First Aid: A Medicine Chest of Hope aimed at helping writers’ dreams come true.

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Creativity is key to feeling alive, to meeting situations freshly even when things are not going as brilliantly as you may want. It’s key to doing things, thinking about events, facing life with some originality, using your senses – in your own way and style.

-Stephanie Dowrick

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A while ago, I came across the idea of designing imaginary book covers to inspire your creativity during the writing process and help with visualizing your main character. It has even been suggested in magazines that you write a book blurb for the novel you are trying to write. Another writer mentioned creating soundtracks for the book that he/she was writing. I can picture myself using this song for just that purpose. Maybe, there is something to the soundtrack idea.

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While I often like to listen to instrumental music when I write, some days I just want to listen to music with a good beat and a singer with a lovely voice!

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Have You Ever Thought of Journals as Another Form of Writer’s Notebook?

I certainly didn’t. While that may not have been Stephanie Dowrick’s intention, since I am on page 22 of her book I can’t say for certain, I have already purchased a blue leather-bound journal for ten dollars and written three entries. Instead of writing only about everyday events, which I am sure some days that is all I will write about, I have been working through my thoughts of where I want my writing to go, what I want to write, and how my creative day has been going. This has even led into some story ideas and planning when I found myself tempted to describe the river I saw during my drive the other day. Whatever way you decide to use this resource, it is worth a good reading!

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