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Stuck at home? Writing Prompts to keep the boredom at bay

We’re in the middle of some turbulent times. There is lots of uncertainty and anxiety around, and we’re having to adapt our daily lives. Many more of us are being asked to stay at home, practise social distancing and or being quarantined for fourteen days. In a world where most of us are on our feet go-go-go all the time, being cooped up at home is a pill proving hard to swallow.

However, amongst all this mayhem, there could be a silver lining. As we are encouraged to stay at home where we can to help protect not just ourselves but others we have a little more time on our hands. Not only that but feeling stuck in one place can lead to feelings of being both physically and psychologically. So rather than getting ourselves down, we should embrace this extra time for ourselves. It’s the perfect time to indulge in some self-care, dust off that yoga mat or pick up new hobbies or old!

With that in mind, would now be a good time to pick up the abandoned pen and finish that novel you started? Or maybe even start afresh?

To get your creative juices flowing, I’ll be putting up a series of writing prompts on Instagram as an exercise in creativity, productivity and – let’s face it – distraction!

I shall be popping them on my Instagram stories every day but I shall also be updating this post here too, so you browse for inspiration.

As we’re all feeling a little isolated at the moment, let’s keep the writing community connected and share your creations. Do tag me (@rebeccamillareditorial) with the hashtag #keepcalmandcarryonwriting and I’ll be sharing some on my social media to inspire others to get scribbling.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Writing Prompts

Here are some ideas to get your fingers typing and your pens scribbling:

  • The doorbell rang for the third time that day.
  • For sale: one unused suitcase.
  • Write a story based on the contents of your coat pocket.
  • The waitress came to clear away the contents of the table: two coffee cups. One full. One empty.
  • He had exactly seven minutes and forty-nine seconds left.
  • “You did what to Mr Tiddles?”
  • The call came in at 8.03 that morning.
  • It’s a children’s birthday party. What could possibly go wrong?
  • “Oh, umm … that wasn’t quite what I had in mind …”
  • There is nothing in the world more embarrassing than …
  • Write a scene inspired by any of the lyrics of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen
  • A new neighbour has moved into the flat above. Write about your first encounter.
  • You can see two figures standing on top of a hill. What’s their story?
  • There was only one left.
  • In the darkness, the only light came from the glowing phone screen.

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