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Wacky Writing Prompt: Nailed It

nailed it

I totally nailed that pun.

nailed it

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Nailed It

Out of nowhere, your fingernails begin to grow at an alarming rate. Why is this happening? How do you handle this new development?

 

 

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10 Research-Based Ways to Improve Your Creativity

Creativity is a vital problem-solving skill. Here’s how you can improve yours.

Improve your creativity

These ten research-based tips will help you up your creativity game in no time.

Exercise

Doing at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise early in the day has many benefits. It gets you endorphins and blood pumping. And it burns calories. But best of all? Exercise can improve your creativity for up to two hours. So if you’re feeling stuck, try a little workout.

Creativity Takes Prep Time

If creativity is something you have to work at, odds are it’s a part of the brain you don’t use a whole lot in your everyday activities. You’re logical, no-nonsense, and probably really great with practical facts and figures. But you shouldn’t expect your brain to suddenly switch gears into creative mode. Instead, try setting aside some time before a creative project. This should be a period with no plans and no to-do items. Unwind, watch tv, enjoy a meal. Do something relaxing to get your mind ready for the creative process.

Did I Mention A Meal?

That’s right. We do our best creative thinking when our tummies aren’t rumbling. I mean, it’s pretty difficult to concentrate when we’re hungry, right?

Reading

This is a fantastic way to get the creative juices flowing. Crack open a book and let your mind fill in all the details the author left out. Fiction is particularly good creativity fodder.

Meditation

Whether you’re a religious person or not, science has a lot to say about the benefits of meditation (or prayer). Meditation, or mindfulness, is a state where we force ourselves to be aware of what’s happening right now instead of planning for the future or thinking about the past. It can be as simple as paying attention to the fact that you’re breathing. In. Out. See? That wasn’t that hard, was it?

Gaming

Grab that controller and get ready to play. Video games can be a fun and relaxing way to help our minds change gears.

Sleep

Are you getting enough? Sleep is crucial for an alert and functional mindset throughout the day. And sleep is when we have some of our most creative thoughts: dreams. Try keeping a journal by your bed and jotting down any dream fragments you remember upon waking.

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Leave Your Comfort Zone

Try something new. Go somewhere you’ve never been before. Find a viewpoint you disagree with and come up with and play the devil’s advocate. All of these activities will stretch you to grow and improve your capacity for creativity.

Pick Up a New Language

This is another great way to rewire the brain. Foreign languages come with their own idioms, cultures, and histories. Learning them forces us to view the world in ways we would never have otherwise.

Go for a Walk

Fresh air and exercise are excellent ways to push the reset button on our busy minds.

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Wacky Writing Prompt: Rodent Problem

rodent

Never trust a rodent.

rodent

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Rodent Problem

You catch a horde of gerbils in the act of building a human-sized robot. How are they doing this? Why are they doing this? And what do you do?

 

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: Holiday Horror

holiday

This holiday is a little bit… off.

holiday

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Holiday Horror

Santa Clause is in your backyard with a broken and bloodied nose. Rudolph has a broken leg. What happened to them? And what do you do?

 

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: A Hairy Situation

hairy

Things are getting a little hairy over here.

hairy

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

A Hairy Situation

You’re transported to a world where everyone with the same color hair can read each other’s thoughts. Thoughts can’t be suppressed or hidden from anyone with the same color hair as you. What happens? What do you do?

 

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: Lost in Translation

lost

Do you ever feel a little bit lost in a conversation?

lost

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Lost in Translation

You meet someone who can only speak using direct quotes from published books. How does that conversation go?

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: A Bone To Pick

bone

This is not the bone you were searching for.

bone

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

A Bone To Pick

You wake up as a trombone. How did this happen? What do you experience? How do you get back to normal?

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: A Culinary Mystery

culinary mystery

This culinary mystery puts a whole new twist on the phrase “soul food.”

culinary mystery

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

A Culinary Mystery

You enter your kitchen and stumble upon a sentient doughnut. What does it say? How do you react? Why is this doughnut sentient?

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: The Odd Couple

odd couple

What an odd couple…

odd couple

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Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

The Odd Couple

An elf and a samurai meet in a bar. What happens next?

 

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Wacky Writing Prompt: Portal

portal

A portal’s a bad thing, right? Right?!

portal

If You’re New

Welcome to the weekly Wacky Writing Prompt! Each Saturday, I’ll post a new weird and quirky prompt to get your creative juices flowing. To participate, all you have to do is write flash fiction, a short story, or a poem based on the prompt. If you’ve posted your writing somewhere online, please post a link in the comments below so I can add your stories to next week’s prompt. Who knows, your unique take may break through someone else’s writer’s block!

Portal

A portal opens before you. Someone emerges from the portal, hands you a device, and says they don’t have time to explain but it’s imperative that you keep the device safe at all costs. Before you can ask any questions, the person disappears back through the portal. What is the device? Who was the mysterious person? And what happens next?