Ah! Did the title get you in here? My apologies. I intend to talk today about ‘Why I am going to stop writing for prompts!‘ I have been doing quite a bit of that lately. But first, let’s discuss a bit about why we as bloggers write for prompts in the first place. I present to you my thought flow.
Prompts are a catalyst for our creativity:
Prompts are the perfect fallback option on days when we cannot think of something new to say. Sometimes, it points us in a direction in which we would have never thought of before. We relate the prompts to our own lives, our own experiences and Lo! we have written something we are proud of.
We also start writing for prompts on days when we actually have something else to write about. It becomes a type of compulsion to keep up with it. Oh! There is a prompt: why not write for it? though we probably have this brilliant idea at the back of my brain on how to save the world instead. That can probably wait. The prompt is more important, cause it is open only for a day or two. Let’s get that done first.
(Psst.. I have quite a few unfinished posts in drafts cause I am busy writing for prompts: if you are into poetry do look up these amazing groups: dverse, poets united, and imaginary garden for real toads which between them will cover most of the week).
Writing for prompts is your way into a community
Most weekly prompts are blog hops/linky parties. So, in time there is a sense of community. You get to know the regulars, the ones who write every week, make some friends, get some blog love and so on and so forth.
Here, I would like to mention that we(@Varad and I) have our own blog hop called #MicroMondays where we provide a prompt from a book for you to write microfiction on(it’s fun, be sure to try it out next week).
‘Read to be read‘ is usually the motto. ‘Comment to get your post commented on‘ that’s another motto. If you regularly comment on a lot of posts you probably will get more people visiting and commenting on your post too. It’s both positive and negative in the same way.
For one, you know where to find your readers. But you also know, yeah, to receive you need to give first. Get what I am getting at? Sometimes it just gets overwhelming.
Also, you probably don’t write many and for that matter any SEO optimized posts, so Mr.Google won’t probably find you that easily.
Hmmm.. can’t think of any other reason why I write for prompts. Other than maybe it is quite addictive.
See what I did there with that couple of points?
Yes, it is as great to write for prompts. as it is not so great. That’s why I am not going to write for them anymore. Or maybe I just will.