Writing Prompts – Why They Suck!Posted: January 30, 2011
Do a Google search for the term Writing Prompts, visit the first 100 sites, and look around.
What’s missing on practically every site? Take your time. I’ll wait.
If you answered, “Hey, those sites have absolutely no interaction with the people they’re supposed to help,” you are correct.
And I find this amazing. People looking for writing prompts want inspiration. They want to crush writer’s block. They want to feel better about their writing. They want someone on the other end to say, “Hey there. I recognize your comment. I value it enough to respond. Show me more” (and mean it)
These one-way prompt sites do little to address these desires, and I believe they don’t because only timely, hassle-free, human interaction can fill this void (requiring registration to comment is not an invitation, by the way; it’s a comment-reducing hoop to jump through.)
Take a look at the last 10 Creative Copy Challenges. How many comments do you see? How much encouragement do you see? How much community spirit exists? It’s this two-way spirited conversation that makes the CCC so helpful and special.
Yes, this is a rant. But hundreds of thousands of writing prompt sites exist to help writers, and I don’t believe they live up to their mission statements. What a shame for writers in need…but what a blessing for us, no!
Writing Prompts Sites That DON’T Suck:
(If you do writing prompts right, let us know. We’ll add it here:
- Fictionista Workshop
- Write Me
- Writer’s Digest (although I believe you should drop the forum registration process)