We all sometimes need a little help with an idea of what to write about. Whether it be for a novel, short story, or a piece of poetry. once in w while you have that bug to write but are not sure how to get that story out. So sometimes you either type away on your laptop or like me I am from back in the day when you had what we called a “rough draft”. They were generally written out on paper with pencil/pen. Then we would use a typewriter. I still carry a little notebook in my purse in case I feel like taking notes for a story or just feel like writing. Sometimes you just drive or walk by something and all of a sudden you begin a story in your mind to write down. It is amazing what a person can write about . Writing prompts can be either fiction or non-fiction. In fiction you can do fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, love and romance and much more. With non-fiction you can bring your life story out. You can also bring your life story out and put it in a fictitious character in order to get your message out. There may be some people when you do get your story out there that may not want to be named in your non-fiction book. So there are many options to get your book out there but no problem in getting some writing prompts out your way.

I will suggest that you find as many as you can “free” resources out there. The costs can add up after a while.

Whether you are just starting out in college or an adult starting out in college or returning to college find out if you English Department has a Creative Writing Club. This is an option to get you started it even get a club started. If you are pursuing a degree in English maybe you can take Creative Writing as an elective.

Your public library may have a class available as well as your Park District. There are generally local events and classes available to take. Sometimes for a small fee. I suggest adding your resources here, as in your local library as well as a local Community College. There may be a class for Creative Writing without college credit to get you going. Check with a local bookstore. Sometimes your mom and pop type shops have workshops in order to promote local authors.

Google is one place we all go to. Be wise and ask around when checking out what you are looking for. For five minutes you get this for free and then the low, low cost for such and such. Be careful of giving out any of your information, including what you wrote. There are many free e-books to download on how to write a book and great writing prompts. Again I always check with a person I trust. A previous English Professor or someone I took some writing classes with. You never know what they are using and how it is going for them.

As we know there is so much we can write about. Things such as: A beautiful sunset, a winter storm, children playing into the night, hearing the pitter patter of feet, listening to bands outside on your deck, setting sail in the sunshine, a thunderstorm rolling in, and much more. You can just start with a few words and somehow, someway, one day end up with that best seller. Honestly you never know. Keep your eyes open and you will see. Share with me below where you found your nice for writing. Please share any writing resources that are trustworthy for submitting a short story.

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