Writing Prompts

Raymond Federman described finger exercises as the warmups we do for writing every day–and he stressed that they should be done every day. A finger exercise is a 1-2 page warmup, a freewrite with a purpose. Sometimes it will launch you into a new idea or it is a means of getting you out of what you “might” call writer’s block (but in reality is just laziness and lack of motivation). Here are some prompts to get you going:

  • Describe eating your favorite meal at your favorite place.  Suddenly, something in the vicinity distracts you, and while you keep eating, you can no longer focus on the food.
  • You are walking along a street and come upon something being built or rebuilt.  Describe.
  • Someone hasn’t been able to change their clothes in 2 days.  Now they’re uncomfortable in some way.  Why couldn’t they change and why are the clothes now uncomfortable?
  • Someone is embarrassed about something that happened years ago. Who wants this person to get over it? Why can’t this person get over it?

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