My friend, Joy Lenton, loves to write poetry. She and I both love the challenge of working with prompts. Recently, she found some interesting ways to use her words.  Magnetic poetry is one new thing she is enjoying, and you can read her newest creation here.

Another way is a challenge every Tuesday by Kat Myrman called “Twittering Tales.” Using a photo prompt, you are to come up with a story based on the photo in 140 characters or less. Click To Tweet

Joy’s post intrigued me, so I decided to join in this week, too. Below you will find the photo and the story/poem I wrote to go with it. 


Photo Prompts


An Evening Walk

An evening walk
A gorgeous sunset
Blinded by the fiery ball
They were mesmerized
In that very instant she vanished
Where did she go?
Would she ever return?
                                            ~gayl wright


Prompts Encourage Creativity

Using prompts is a good way to practice writing skills and use creativity. It’s fun to take time away from regular duties to try out these writing challenges. I think following a prompt is a good way to improve my writing. Click To TweetFor one thing, a prompt limits in some ways, I am forced to think more about the words I use in order to creatively convey my thoughts.

As a writer who is a Christian, I want to continually improve. I believe it will help me in my desire to encourage others and glorify God. And I also believe it pleases God when we find new ways to be creative. After all, He did create us in His image, and He is the Master Creator.

Prompts I Am Using

My first encounter with using prompts was when I started blogging over three years ago. The first post on my blog was in response to a #FiveMinuteFriday prompt. I also enjoy writing haiku, and recently I’ve been using the words from RonovanWrites  #weeklyhaikuchallenge every Monday. Now I’m jumping in with Kat Myrman’s Twittering Tales on Tuesdays. Since many of my readers are also writers, I'd like to invite you to join us in these weekly prompts. Click To Tweet Just click on the links above if you are interested in checking them out.

I’m linking up with #LMMLinkup, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #ThoughtProvokingThursday

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20 thoughts on “Prompts: Fun Ways to Improve Writing Skills

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I love to see the unique ways that you and Joy respond differently to the posts! Each so different, but each so beautiful! Thanks for bringing us along on the journey. It’s so encouraging to see how God is blessing your words. Hugs and blessings to you, my friend!

  2. Thanks for joining in Gayl! I do agree, various writing challenges are great exercises toward improving one’s writing skills. Have a lovely day! ?

  3. prompted to write everyday helps me the most – practice makes sort of perfect or at least better than before – love your snowballs falling! we don’t get it on our coast in CA!

    1. Yes, I actually try to write every day in a journal just jotting down whatever thoughts come to mind. Sometimes I write something that I can use in a blog and sometimes it’s just for me. Thanks for stopping by, Sue. Many blessings to you! Glad you like the snowballs! 🙂

  4. I love your poem, Gayle. Thank you for sharing it. It’s amazing how different people see a picture in a different way. 🙂

  5. Gayl, it’s lovely to see you expanding your creativity! I’ve found that using prompts is a great way to be inspired to write. It’s something I’ve been joining in with for a few years now with a wide variety of sites and linkups. I value the friendships I’ve made more than the work arising from a prompt. There’s something extra special about writing in community. Happy writing, dear poetic friend! xo ??

    1. Thank you, Joy! I agree about the value of friendships more than the benefits of having prompts. I have learned a lot from prompts but have also gained a lot of lovely friends. And you’re right! There is something special about writing in community. 🙂 Blessings to you! xoxo

  6. Amen Gayle! It is important for us as writers, especially as we represent Christ, to do it to the best of our ability. I love that you are taking these avenues to become a better writer. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and may God bless you in all your endeavors this year.

  7. I keep thinking I’ll do the #FiveMinuteFriday prompt, but I’ve never made time for it. I love the Twitter prompt as well. I hadn’t heard of that one. 🙂 Thank you for joining the LMMLinkup!

  8. Prompt challenges are great mind building exercises. They also help your creativity and imagination grow. As writers we also know that the more we write the better we’ll become. Loved the poem and pictures. <3 xx

    1. Thanks so much for your encouragement, Vashti! I know I’ve been stretched by using prompts, and it has helped immensely.
      Blessings to you!

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