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Whether you’ve never heard of writing prompts or you’re a huge fan of them like I am, you’re going to love this post.
If you’re not familiar, they are basically writing ideas to spark your imagination while writing. Who doesn’t love getting new ideas (especially when you’re out of them)?
Read on for fresh writing prompts to give you new ideas for your own writing.
You know those days when you write something and then you delete it all to try writing it again… And once you’ve written something, it still doesn’t sound exactly how you want it to so you scratch the whole thing.
This is the kind of situation when you should try out some writing prompts. They are meant to get you thinking about your project from another perspective.
Writers who don’t struggle to find writing ideas would also benefit from using these. You see, it gets you thinking in a different way. And thinking outside of the box will help you produce more creative ideas to give your content a unique perspective.
Writing prompts are popular in the journaling and creative writing worlds, which opens the door to many different kinds of prompts.
But in this post, you’ll learn about three writing prompts that will help you in the content marketing world: You’ve got fill in the blank prompts, question prompts, and prompts that tell you to look somewhere for your ideas.
This isn’t to say that there aren’t more out there that will help you, but these are the ones you’ll focus on throughout this post.
Here are a few examples of some writing prompts:
Here are several examples for each kind of writing prompt to help you come up with some awesome content:
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Sometimes it can be tough to take other people’s suggestions and customize them so that your ideas can shine through brightly. So I am going to show you how to create your own writing prompts because sometimes all you need is to find the ideas yourself.
If you follow these steps, I promise you’ll find a handful of new creative ideas.
There are plenty of different places to look for writing prompts. One of my personal favorite places to look for prompts is in magazines. (Especially in health magazines.)
Cosmopolitan has been cited as a great headline source by headline masters. Why not use headlines to spark your writing ideas? They make great prompt ideas.
Any kind of magazine or magazine’s website works, too. Look in a variety of magazines (stretch to different genres as well): health, beauty, sports, cars, and home living magazines. When you look outside your niche and into other niches, you might find something new that you wouldn’t have seen somewhere else. And that will strengthen your writing.
Honestly, you’ll learn a lot from those headline writers. They are good at what they do. Picasso was known for saying:
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
So mirror that in your own life as a writer. Don’t just copy the ideas. Steal them and make them your own.
Make sure you don’t get distracted if you’re creating your own prompts. It can be so easy to spend the rest of the day on the internet looking at nothing—in the name of research. You know where that bunny hole leads. And it doesn’t lead to productivity or getting your projects done.
Here are your writing prompt creation steps:
1. First off, make a huge list of topics and ideas that you’d like to write about. Keep those handy by downloading the spreadsheet that accompanies this post, or in a tool like Evernote.
2. Go to a magazine website or look at an actual magazine.
3. Find headlines that catch your attention.
4. When you find a headline that sounds catchy, look at it. What makes it catchy?
I am going to choose this headline as my writing prompt idea example: “12 Ways To Take Your Pushups To The Next Level”
Now, if you remember from our other post, “Here Are The 101 Catchy Blog Title Formulas That Will Boost Traffic By 438%“, we talked about blog post headlines that have numbers in them do better than ones without.
Now, there are plenty of ways that we could use the idea above to inspire our own writing.
My example from above: 12 Ways To Take Your Pushups To The Next Level
This will sorta turn into a fun “fill in the blank” game with topics that interest you.
5. Rework the headline you chose into your own blog prompt.
Look at your list of topics and things that you want to write about. All you have to do now is take out some words and insert some of your own. Magazines are really good at writing their headlines, so start practicing and let them help you come up with your own writing prompts.
Here are a few variations:
And what do they look like when you add your own style and flair to them?
After you’ve done that, it’s time to figure out what the steps are that are going to help your readers solve their problems.
6. Create a huge database of ideas like this. After creating a ton of exciting prompt ideas, write them all down in a writing prompt library.
You can store your writing ideas in a notebook, in an Evernote note or even in a Google Docs or Sheets doc. (I’ve created an Excel document for you to use and that is included in the bundle that complements this post.)
It will look something like this:
All you have to do is fill in these questions:
If you find something else that you’d like to track in your Writing Prompt Library, add to the columns at the top and then track away.
How awesome is it to have all these ideas? And don’t you just love that “magazine headline” secret to finding new writing prompts?
I know it can be hard to come up with ideas of your own. So if you are still struggling to find things to write about or are still trying to get unstuck, make sure you download the writing prompts tear sheet to get 200+ writing prompts and your writing prompt library.
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