Blogging has risen to astronomical popularity over the past decade, to such a degree that people now do it as a full-time career.
People will often ask how writers are able to continuously come up with new ideas, as if they're simply plucked from the inner regions of our mind.
The truth of the matter is that the vast majority of us need some daily mental exercise in order to keep our writing in top form. What's the secret to our astounding creative brilliance, you ask? Writing prompts.
Creative writing prompts are a simple tool that can help even the most unimaginative individual become an expert blogger.
It's worth noting at this point that, while using writing prompts to kick start your brain is a great way to increase your ability to churn out content on a regular basis.
It's not the only factor that is considered when blogging. Before anything, you're going to need to make sure that you have a strong grasp of proper grammar.
You're also going to want to work to create your own unique writing voice. It's one thing to create several new topics every day. As a writer of any kind, your goal is to write engaging, informative content that will pull readers in and give them a reason to stay to the end.
This is where writing prompts are important for bloggers, to make them really shine through.
Writing prompts for bloggers can help alleviate the stress that comes with writing deadlines. This can be done by speeding up the process of generating blog topics.
Using blogging writing prompts goes something like this.
Take just one sentence and structure it in a way that leaves it open to an infinite number of possibilities.
Take the following example. It is the year 2054, computer companies have perfected Artificial Intelligence and Cyborgs are now a part of modern society. Small pockets of Humanity refuse to accept them as equals of humanity and a Civil War is imminent.
Topics like this force you to think beyond the immediate situation and consider the potential story on a long term basis.
Completing exercises like this every day will keep your mind in a perpetual state of creativity. It will often get to the point where you will be able to craft stories and articles out of your everyday conversations with friends and family.
Not all writing prompts are elaborate topics that get spun into a story. They can easily be as simple as "what would you do with one million dollars" or "give a detailed description of your favorite animal".
The idea behind this exercise is to develop your blogging skills by increasing the range of topics you're familiar with. In addition to your blogging career, this is also a great way to increase the effectiveness of your creative writing skills. Which will in turn, make you a better writer in the long run.
I hope this brief explanation of writing prompts helps you put them into practice and allows you to boost your writing career. You could also just use writing prompts for fun, because at the end of the day, that's why you write anyway.
Happy trails my fellow writers.
About the author: Christopher King is a freelance writer from Pennsylvania who spends his time writing, reading and making strange voices while playing video games on the internet. You can read more of his work on his personal blog by clicking HERE. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can find him on Twitter @PingPongCall, as well as his YouTube page.