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Your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t see.

15 July 2011

One thing that kind of baffles me is the whole “writing prompt” exercise. I don’t use it myself, but I see people posting it all the time on Twitter and Facebook. For those unfamiliar, it’s a writing exercise in which someone gives you a subject, idea, or line and tells you to write “X” number of words about it.

I mean, I get the idea, I guess. I just don’t get why anyone actually sits down and does it.

I try to always have projects going (probably at least one too many, at the moment). I’m constantly jotting down notes and ideas for future projects. How could I possibly have time to put the brakes on all of that and go work on something for… what? (No reason I can see.)

But more than that — why would you write anything other than what you want to write? That’s one of the best things about being a writer — that no one can tell you what to write. Why would you write what someone else tells you (unless that’s your job)?

I don’t mean to put anyone down or denigrate anyone’s process. I simply don’t understand the why behind writing to a prompt.

Any of you guys use prompt exercises? Want to educate me, tell me why I’m kind of an idiot? Feel free! That’s what the comments are for.

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  1. 15 July 2011 1629

    not since elementary school. That’s what I have an imagination for…..

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