I’m always a little surprised at how many books there are out there about writing prompts. Because with me, there is really only one prompt: a deadline.
Yep, a deadline sure prompts me to get going! Not necessarily my own, self-imposed deadlines. I’m talking about those deadlines that are tied to payment and/or business. Like magazines that have a calendar of themes and no ands, ifs, or buts about when you can get articles or essays in to be considered.
Or maybe a Chicken Soup for the Soul call out. Which reminds me! Remember when I said I had a great story that had Chicken Soup for the Soul written all over it so I couldn’t share it here? So I did write it up and squeezed that story in just under the deadline. And it was selected for the Miracles and More book coming out in February. Wheee!
So deadlines can work wonders for prompting my writing muscle to get down to business. Which is why when I was in the shower, thinking about a package that was supposed to be delivered, and a YA novel that had some unfortunate reviews, added to a Muffin date due on the calendar, I came up with “Are You Delivering?”