Have you ever used creative writing prompts?
Many writers have concerns about using creative writing prompts because they feel in some way it's cheating, or taking a short cut.
This is a common misconception, and it's understandable where it comes from. We want to be original with our writing, find our own unique voice and way of expressing ourselves through our words.
If we use someone else's words, how can we say we're being original?
You're not using the prompt then adding nothing else. You're making your own major contribution to the finished piece of writing.
Imagine it being like a fire.
You creative talent is the logs in the fireplace, all stacked up and waiting to be lit. If they don't get lit, there not going to burn. It's as simple as that.
What you need is that initial spark to get your creative fires crackling away.
And this is where creative writing prompts come in, and can be so effective.
They are the tiny match that provides the initial flame that sets your creative talents ablaze.
Once you've got going, it's far easier to keep the fire alive, by adding fuel in the form of your new ideas and creative talents.
If you tried to build a whole writing project from just creative prompts it wouldn't work. This would be like trying to make a bonfire out of individual matches. It would burn fiercely for a few seconds then die.
There's no real fuel of any substance there to keep the flame alive. That's what you provide and where your stack of creative talent comes in.
Creative writing prompts can help you become a better creative writer.
You've just got to be willing to try them out and see for yourself what a fantastic stimulus they can be.