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When I’m knee deep in writing, I find that losing myself in random words is the best way to get my creative juices flowing. As an undergrad, I took a college poetry class where I was required to write a poem a day for a semester. There were late nights in the campus library when I just couldn’t do it. That was when I turned to books in the stacks. I would grab seven of the closest books from the shelves, open each one to a random page, close my eyes and point to a word. Seven words later, I had a disparate list, and the magic would start. Sometimes it wasn’t immediate. Sometimes I hated all the words, but eventually, the synapses started firing and my brain started making connections. Some of my best poems and story ideas have come from this exercise.

When I dove back into writing a new book after the two-and-a-half-year Path of the Thunderbird whirlwind wound down, I choked…over and over. I finally remembered my old tricks from the stacks, and the words started flowing again. Now every morning I make a random list and dash off 20 minutes of writing driven by my list. Some days I force these words into my current characters’ lives; other days new, shiny story ideas pop up from nowhere.

At the beginning of 2019, I swore that I would keep up this practice every day. Almost two weeks in, the lists are growing. I figured, “Why not share these lists with others?” Are you a writer? Do you need daily inspiration? Stop by, pick up your list, start writing. I can’t wait to hear about the amazing stories that come from these writing prompts.

Are you on Pinterest? You can follow the 365 Writing Prompt board there for daily updates:

2019 Writing Prompts

January Writing Prompts

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