Welcome to this week’s complete creative prompt. We begin with a single creative prompt word and expand it to inspire fiction writing, journaling, and a host of other creative activities. These creative prompts, are to give me, and anyone else who wants to join in, some focus to our creative work.
These past few weeks, I have been struggling to create. Yes, the creative minimalist has been creating minimally. We all get these creative lulls and low points when the creative well apparently runs dry. However, I am sure there is more to creativity than what we can see. At the very least there is serendipity, and depending on the way you define that word, you may view creativity through a spiritual or supernatural lens. My serendipity moment was that before my creative well ran dry, I had already chosen this week’s word. This week’s creative prompt is:
Blank — a space left to be filled
So, a prompt with a difference this week. The prompt itself is the creative struggle we often face.
Let the prompt ‘blank’ inspire you in any area of creativity that you are interested in:
- writing fiction
- art journaling
- blog posts
- art therapy
- anything that could use a little nudge to begin
Let’s expand the word a little further…
Fiction Writing Prompt
The Fiction Writing Prompt aims to stretch the literary muscles. No rules. No word counts. Simply write and explore.
The blank page stared at me, challenging me to make a mark. It remained untouched.
Writing Prompt Expanded
The blank page is one of the most frightening places for a writer to find themselves. Writing on the computer is just as intimidating. Programs may offer pretty formatting, but the first words still need to be typed. So, this prompt faces the very real fear that so many of us face.
The prompt allows us to step inside the mind of a writer by being a writer. Have you noticed how many authors use writers for protagonists? Here are a few questions to get you started on that blank page.
- What is the reason for their blank page?
- Is there a deadline involved, and what is it?
- Is this the first time they have struggled, or is it a regular occurrence?
The blank page is common to all writers. The first sentence and even the first word can feel like an insurmountable barrier. Using a form of prompts, perhaps a series of questions can help. Putting down random words related to what you want to write about is another place to start. The trick is to add something, anything, to eliminate the blank page. A journey starts with the first step, and your writing begins with the first word. Write it now.
Journaling allows us to hold conversations on paper. From private diaries to creative art journals, we pour out our deepest thoughts. Depending on what sort of journaling we do, we can still find the blank page daunting. Creating a ‘box’ of ideas to call upon when we are unsure what to do is a great way to keep creating and writing. The ‘box’ can be a literal box or jar with ideas and prompts written, or a virtual list on an app.
Questions to answer, thoughts to explore, or images to create in your journal:
- Make just one mark on a blank journal page. Finished? Or make another mark. Repeat.
- Write about how and when you find it difficult to write in your journal.
- Was there a time you found it easy/difficult to write? Why?
Theory of General Creativity
I now have ‘blank’ written on the board above my computer. I am hoping it will help guide me from my current barren spell. Just the act of writing blank on my board has meant the board is no longer blank. And remember what I wrote earlier, there is always a little serendipity at work in the world. Be aware and capture any serendipitous moments and watch the blank page fill up.
Let ‘blank’ inspire your music, photography, and painting this week.
As always, these creative prompts are optional and entirely open to your interpretation. Use them as a starting point for a short story, something a little more grandiose, or any creative venture.
As mentioned before, this isn’t a ‘challenge’ but the prompts can be used that way if you want. If you do create anything using them, I would love to see or hear about it. Leave a link in the comments below, or tag me #thecreativeminimalist on any social platform.
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