No matter how much you train yourself to keep your creative work on track, you will eventually get stuck or want a fresh perspective. And besides, sometimes it’s just fun to give your creativity a jolt with a little exercise. A creative prompt can be useful for any of these situations.
There’s a slew of options for inspiration and creative prompts across the Internet … which can make it even harder to know where to turn when you’re looking for one right now. To get you started, here are seven of my favorite sources:
1. Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds: Author Chuck Wendig offers weekly prompts like randomly generated sentences and titular titles with his own quirky spin of strange.
2. Danielle LaPorte: With a focus on the spiritual, Danielle blogs about channeling the soul and throwing that spirit into your work.
3. CreativeWritingPrompts.com. As simple as it gets. Pick a number, kick off a story. Or painting. Or song. Or whatever.
4. Writers Digest: Another great place to get regular prompts to start a story.
5. Pinterest: Search for “creative prompts” or just browse the Inspiration section. There’s plenty to get your juices flowing here.
6. Art.com: Run a search for a theme (say, “freedom”) and watch the masters’ interpretations roll in.
7. Creature Comforts: With regular posts about design, fashion and crafts, I always find fresh visual stimulation here.
8. A Round of Words in 80 Days: A twist on the NaNoWriMo model, this website sends you daily messages of encouragement in reaching a goal you set for yourself. The site is tailored to writers and the goal is generally a word count, but the encouragement would boost any creative endeavor.
These are merely some of my personal favorites–there’s plenty out there for any style or need. So stop sitting around waiting for the muse to find you. Go find inspiration yourself instead!
And tell me … what are your favorite sources of inspiration?