Writing prompts for bloggers


Welcome back to the Writers Room where we like to talk shop so that you can improve your skills and grow your blog’s audience. Now that Septemeber is here there is a lot of talk about fall and feeling inspired to write new and interesting content.

So, this week we thought we would help you out by giving you a huge list of awesome writing prompts and some great resources for getting that inspiration!

Got some tea brewing? Great. Let’s get started.

Writing Prompts

Writing prompts are quick, open-ended, ideas in the form of a sentence or question that are intended to spark creative responses from writers. They are a great tool for bloggers, particularly when faced with a bout of writer’s block, which is never much fun.

Questions to consider before you use that prompt

  1. How can I adapt this prompt to fit a Maine readership?
  2. Is this prompt too far outside of my blog’s voice and subject matter?
  3. Is this an evergreen prompt that I can bookmark and use multiple times?

Awesome Writing Prompts

500 writing prompts from the New York Times

“Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.”

Writing prompt generator – what?! Yes, it’s a thing.

Simply hit the shuffle button and you will get a randomly generated character, setting, prop, and situation.

Here are some great BDN links on how to write great content

  1. Use these 100 power words to boost reader interest
  2. 5 Questions to reignite your blog passion
  3. 4 Ways to develop authenticity in your blog posts
  4. 10 Different writing styles for your blog
  5. How to write a great Homestead post
  6. BDN topics that tend to trend
  7. 10 Ways to battle writer’s block

Fabulous resources you should know about

This week the fabulous resource comes in the form of fantastic pep talks. Check these out:

Here is Elizabeth Gilbert talking about that addictive feeling of inspiration that she calls elusive creative genius.

Here are George RR Martin and Stephen King talking about writing.

And here is author Amy Tan talking about where creativity comes from.

Happy blogging!