Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Because Sometimes You Need a Prompt

Sorry I'm late posting again today. My life got temporarily derailed, but I'm now back on track, all's well etc.

A few nights back I was doing one of my random searches for online writing inspiration when I found this article by Jenny Yang on ten resources to help break writer's block. Most of them I've already seen, linked to or keep bookmarked, except for one: Plinky. Here's how the site defines itself:

Plinky makes it easy for you to create inspired content. Every day we provide a prompt (i.e. a question or challenge) and you answer. We make it simple to add rich media and share your answers on Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

They don't support Blogger, so I can't comment on how simple it is to share Plinky content on blogs, but those of you who are hooked up to Facebook and Twitter are evidently covered. I looked through the prompt archive, and here's a sampling of what they've posted as challenges for the last three days:

Prompted May 28, 2013: Tell us about the most surprising helping hand you’ve ever received.

Prompted May 27, 2013: Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)

Prompted May 26, 2013: Tell us about something you would attempt if you were guaranteed not to fail (and tell us why you haven’t tried it yet).

These seem like interesting topics for blogging, writing practice and/or personal journaling, and if you wanted to apply them to your fiction you might have a character answer them for you. You can also learn a lot about people by reading the answers that have been posted online by others. Speaking of that, if you don't want to share your thoughts online with others, you can visit the site to pick up the prompt of the day and simply keep your answer to yourself, so in that sense Plinky can work for anyone.


  1. Too bad they don't support Blogger since that's the only online media source I actually use.

    Still, I like the idea; similar to my favorite writing prompt book, "642 Things To Write About," because hey, whatever works...

    1. Some days I just need a kick in the muse, Terlee, especially for times when I have nothing to pen in my daily journal. I might visit this site for that sort of inspiration.

  2. This looks interesting, thank you. I'll check it out.

  3. You find the most interesting links. Thanks for sharing!