Are you stuck for an idea for a story? I often get stuck for ideas and writing prompts are a great way to come up with new ideas. Even if you don't use what you write, it may spark the imagination for a new character or a plot-line spin-off from your original thought.
If you've got 5 minutes and need a creative kick up the bum, why not give this a go?
1. Take a look at the image below.
2. Set your timer for 5 minutes
3. Write a story concept or plot line based on the image. You don't have to stick with what is in the picture. A single character or a movement may inspire your own story. Maybe an object will be the centre of your plot. Or you could stay close to the image and write exactly what is happening in the scene. Just keep writing until something happens. Try and force a conflict or drama into what you're writing.
4. The timer goes. You're done. Did anything good come out of that? If you're not happy, try it again. An idea will turn up eventually. Even if it doesn't, you've probably got out of your writing slump. Just writing something down can be rewarding.
If you need some company, why not watch me and Emily doing this writing prompt exercise and join in with us.