All of us writers need a little help sometimes, whether it’s to break block, to get back in a groove, to feel part of a community, to flex the muscle that lets us do this strange thing we do, or to merely pour some gasoline on The Words—the ones that make our characters do the unpredictable, the right things for the right stories right now. (And keep them from, say, lounging around on the futon, chewing gum and staring at walls, as my characters are prone to do in their weaker moments.)
So meet Promptly: A writing prompt-driven community that aims to do all of the above (sans lounging) by shelling out prompts to help get your pen moving.
Here’s how it works: I’ll post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday every week, offering flash-fiction prompts, activities, WD magazine news and even Q&As. Prompts can be had Dine In or Carry Out. If you write and post up to 500 words from your responses in the comments section of the blog here—which is great, because other writers can then absorb and play off your inspiration—your name will be automatically thrown into the WD fishbowl for occasional drawings for some around-the-office swag. Think books, magazines and so on, and expect an array of prompts—from traditional to photos and other concepts.
Check out any of the prompts to get involved. I’ll be right there beside you (if we haven’t met before, I work as the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine), occasionally passing my characters notes to forget the futons. At the very least, it’s a start for my more slothful fictional associates—and getting started is often the hardest part of the entire craft, isn’t it?
Here’s to hoping you find one here.