Everyone knows that practice makes perfect–or if not perfect, then at least a lot better. It’s as true for writing as it is for anything else. One of the best ways to improve your writing is to keep writing, at least a little bit, all the time. So if you love to write, what better way to spend the summer?
I’m a big fan of the folks at Figment. If you’re not familiar, Figment is an online community for teen and young adult writers to share their work and get feedback. If you want some more practice and feedback before you try to publish formally, it’s a great step. (Especially because they offer contests.)
But one of the greatest resources that Figment offers is a daily theme, that is, a daily e-mail with a writing prompt.
Some of the prompts are serious, like these:
May 14: Write about the final time you did something that you have since sworn never to do again.
May 8: Write a scene in which a person moves languorously, performing each action slowly, lethargically, close to the point of stillness. The cause for this languor can be positive or negative, but let the pace and quality of those movements inform the energy and direction of your story.
Other are not so serious:
June 8: Photo prompt: Write a poem or story inspired by the scenario in this photograph.
Because the themes vary so widely in focus, from character to setting to dialogue to the absurd, they’re bound to encourage you to focus on something you’ve never tried. You’re sure to write something you’ll love and want to share.
Have you made a resolution to spend summer writing? Need some help getting started? Click here to sign up for Figment’s daily theme.