Writing Warmups uses G-rated open-ended scenarios and pieces of dialogue that challenge writers to use their imagination to fill in missing story elements.
This book of prompts is predicated on the premise that action inspires inspiration.
Who can use this book?
-- Writers/Bloggers in search of a new topic or a need to fill the page. See below for more ideas.
-- Students who are stuck in the ‘I don’t know what to write.’ mindset.
-- Teachers who provide their students with daily journal prompts [Note: The book lists 20 other ways Writing Warmups can be used in the classroom.]
How do I use the Writing Warmups?
-- Launch my morning pages.
-- Conclude my morning pages.
-- MORE AND MORE OFTEN, I’ve used the prompts to generate blog posts.
-- Close unproductive writing days with a burst of words and momentum for the next session.
-- Unstick me during a lull in my fiction.
-- Inject a surprising piece of dialogue at the beginning of a chapter.
-- Spark a conversation between characters in my fiction.
-- Construct a ‘Hemingway bridge’ for the next day’s session.
Here are a few samples:
117. “I feel like I’m in a movie!” “You ARE in a movie!”
118. “That truck seems to be aiming for us...”
119. He dropped from the tree, directly into...
120. “It’s the President on the phone!”
121. What began as a prank turned into...
122. As I crossed the finish line...
During my years as a writer and classroom teacher, I have used writing prompts for my students and for myself. I wish I had this book during my early years of writing for publication.
I am now at work on Writing Warmups II and III, intended for all audiences, and on a series of short books on injecting creativity in the classroom.