Category Archives: A Little Prompting

A Little Prompting #6

Welcome to another week of A Little Prompting.

What has been inspiring you? What have you been creating? Have you started something new or developing an older project?

If you’re stuck, here is this week’s prompts.

THEME The Wild Child
RANDOM LINE PROMPT He drank lemonade while everyone else drank bourbon; kissed his mother in public while other boys cringed in embarrassment and still wore black jeans in the middle of summer.
PHOTOGRAPH  David Bowie 
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Gojira – L’enfant Sauvage
SENSORY SUGGESTION The smell of an old, worn leather jacket
QUOTE The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results – James Dean

A Little Prompting #5

A Little Prompting

How have you been doing? What have you been creating? I would love to hear if anything has transpired.

Here is this week’s set of prompts.

THEME Reconnection
RANDOM LINE PROMPT The telephone wires kept pace with the road; long tendrils connecting the lover and the loved as a physical symbol of their connection
PHOTOGRAPH RetroTelephone_01_640x-thumb-520x390

SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Primitive Radio Gods – Standing Outside A Broken Phone Box
SENSORY SUGGESTION The pulse of the dial tone before you hit the buttons
QUOTE You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation – Plato

A Little Prompting #4

Welcome to the fourth A Little Prompting.

Are you finding some good ideas? What is inspiring you?

When I am compiling the prompts, the focal point could be the theme, the sensory suggestion or a quote. In this case, it’s the song. The groove and quiet delivery of the vocals that intrigue me in this song. One of my favourites to hear on the radio  when I was growing up.

THEME Isolation 
RANDOM LINE PROMPT She felt the coolness of the vinyl bench seats warming to human contact.
PHOTOGRAPH TN_isolation-

SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Suzanne Vega – Tom’s Diner 
SENSORY SUGGESTION The taste of bitter, burnt coffee.
QUOTE Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth – Oscar Wilde


A Little Prompting #3

So, how have you all been doing with these prompts? Have they been useful? Have they sparked ideas you’ve planted like seeds in your notebook? Nothing yet?

Here is this week’s prompts.

THEME Invisible in Plain Sight
RANDOM LINE PROMPT Pages were torn from the book, not with rage or fury, but with meticulous care, guided by the ruler’s wooden edge and placed in order upon the dining room table.
PHOTOGRAPH kevin-carter-vulture-and-child

Kevin Carter

SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Pink Floyd – On the Turning Away
SENSORY SUGGESTION A child’s red t-shirt spotted in the middle of a crowd
QUOTE If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see – Henry David Thoreau

A Little Prompting #2

Welcome to the second A Little Prompting, a set of ideas to help you unlock your creativity. Use them as inspiration, a starting point, a brainstorm, practice.

You can find the first set of prompts here.

If you are looking for something to get your creative ideas flowing, check out this week’s set of prompts.

Theme – The power of flight

Random Line Prompt – He tied the towel around his neck, a makeshift superhero cape and pulled a pair of red underpants over his jeans

Image – Flight

Song/Music Video – Hilltop Hoods – Chase That Feeling

Sensory Suggestion – The smell of warm paper churning from the photocopier

Quote – Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes – Mahatma Gandhi


Do You Need A Little Prompting?

Do you want to be creative but you’re unsure where to start?

Do you want to be creative but are yet to learn how to sift through the daily activities of life to find new ideas?

Let me provide a solution for you.

On each Friday you will find A Little Prompting(*), a weekly set of stimuli to help get you thinking and ultimately creating.

Each week there will be a given:

  • Theme
  • Random Line Prompt
  • An Image (all images will quote the original source and copyright remains with the original owner of the work. If you’d like to provide a visual prompt let me know and we’ll talk it over).
  • A Song/Music Video
  • A Sensory Suggestion
  • A Quote

The aim is to to use one, some, any or all of the prompts to get you thinking or creating. The prompts are applicable to flash fiction or short stories, poetry, photography, painting, drawing, scripts, short films.

Whatever form you are interested in there will be something here to prompt a few ideas. If there is not, try again next week.

So, here is the first week of A Little Prompting.

Theme – Fear of the inside

Random Line Prompt – Everyday she passed the STOP sign; its hexagonal shape and warning colour blithely ignored.

Image – 

Song/Music Video – 

Kate Miller-Heidke The Tiger Inside Will Eat the Child

Sensory Suggestion – the softness of a newborn’s skin

Quote – 

One need not be a chamber to be haunted;
One need not be a house;

The brain has corridors surpassing

Material place – Emily Dickinson

* Some of these prompts originally appeared on the Write Anything website and appear here with permission