Thirty Automatic Writing Prompts

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My favourite warm up is to Automatic Write. I’ve mentioned automatic writing before – it’s an exercise where you give yourself a topic and a time limit and your job is to keep the pen moving or keep the fingers going on the keyboard for the entire time. If you go off topic, you write about that. If you get stuck, write about that. This is an act over content exercise – it is the act of writing that accomplishes the exercise.

It’s a great exercise to use at the beginning of a writing session. Instead of diving into the deep end with your draft, ease into the water. Start with an act of writing exercise to get your brain into writing mode.

Here are Thirty automatic writing prompts:

  • What makes you happy? Mad? Sad?
  • What did you do last night?
  • My ideal day is…
  • Is tv bad for you? Why or why not?
  • Friendship
  • Fast Food
  • Jealousy
  • Fear
  • Dating
  • Smoking
  • Strangers
  • Confidence
  • The Truth
  • Music makes me feel…
  • My definition of success is…
  • If I could change one thing…
  • My grandmother is someone who…
  • I believe the holidays are…
  • I feel lost when…
  • If I ran the world…
  • Peer Pressure
  • My ideal Job
  • It really hurts me when…
  • It scares me when…
  • The best super power is….
  • Fairness
  • War/Peace
  • My biggest pet peeve is…
  • Ghosts
  • Heaven/Hell

This is not writing to change the world. This is writing to get words on the page and prepares your brain to write.