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.


Why I Am Going To Stop Writing.. for…

4 thoughts on “Why I Am Going To Stop Writing.. for…

  • December 20, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I find using prompts to be a constant struggle. I feel compelled to write for them but only if I am struggling to come up with an idea on my own that I am happy with. Sometimes I dislike the ideas that the prompts are putting forward, simply because they do not stimulate my muse enough but then this can be a great motivational tool for me to think of something that actually does inspire me that I might have to go find in the outside world.

    I do think going after many prompts at once can be overwhelming, if you take in too many at one time and I do believe you should follow your own inspiration in the first instance. If however you are struggling to think of a suitable topic to write about then prompts can banish writer’s block, along with being very useful and inspirational. I don’t think I will stop writing for prompts but I won’t let prompts be my only inspiration for writing 🙂

    • December 21, 2017 at 5:28 pm

      Nicely put. I don’t think i will entirely stop writing for prompts either, but as you said on somedays I wish to break free from them and stimulate my muse with the events in the real world.

  • November 17, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    I’ve been writing for prompts for a while now, and if we keep the positives aside, I feel it somewhere restricts our imagination too. We stop looking around for natural prompts, but kinda look forward to the virtual prompts each week. But, of course these are a must and super great for newbie bloggers (like me) to find a good blogging community and not just increase one’s blog’s visibility but most importantly, learn so much about blogging and writing. 🙂

  • November 17, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Burnout! Burnout! There are too many prompt ups around it’s impossible to continue writing. And actually it depresses me that a crappy story written for a prompt gets more views than a good original story. On the flip side, one gets to meet a lot of fellow writers and there is a lot that could be learned in terms of thought process, inspirations and even language and writing style.


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