10 Writing Prompts (May 17, 2019)

Are you a Christian writer searching for your next article idea? Maybe one of these writing prompts will kick-start your creativity.

Feel free to use/adapt any of these without permission or attribution. Happy writing!

1.) How to Drive to the Glory of God

I recently came across John Piper’s old article, “How to Drink Orange Juice to the Glory of God,” and I think a similar post for driving would be a great idea. With all the focus on how to handle oneself online, I think we are missing a large part of our days that goes unnoticed–driving.

2.) Life Without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and the Rest

Perhaps this is more of a fiction piece than a non-fiction article, but I’d like to read an article considering what life may be like–either personally or communally–if social media either did not exist or did not play a major part of our society.

3.) Going on the Offensive against Sin

What’s something you do in your life to actively fight against sin?

4.) How to Edit to the Glory of God

I guess I’m still stuck on the format of point #1.

What does Godly editing look like? When we look at common editorial practices among content publishers or book publishers, do we see gracefulness, humility, sacrifice, gentleness? Should editorial work be incarnational?

What can editors learn from Jesus’s humility in emptying himself–his kenosis?

5.) A Platform and A Soapbox

This is a total toss up–just something I was thinking in the car the other day. Is building a platform for yourself the same as standing on a soapbox?

6.) Christians and Climate

I’ve felt more and more convicted recently of my lack of love for God’s creation. What verses should I reflect on to increase my love for God’s earth? What scripturally-based authors can help me know more?

7.) Fiction Book Reviews

There’s a whole world of fiction out there–Christian and non-Christian. Review it!

Fiction books argue, illustrate, and reflect on themes, symbols, and ideas just as much as non-fiction books do. So often, fiction book reviews turn into “should you buy this or not?” but we need to embrace a criticism that can notice innovations of form, language, and interaction with the literary tradition.

8.) Fiction

If you haven’t, I suggest you try to write a story. Seriously trying to write a good story will change the way you critique other stories.

If you write one, send it my way!

9.) The Limitations of the Content World

I think it is so important–every once in a while–to take a step back from the online writing world that deals in tweets, emails, and–at most–a few thousand word posts, and consider what we can and cannot do. Are their topics that are too big for our world? Are their conversation too nuanced to open up here?

10.) A Question about Writing

In what I’ve been reading recently, I’ve heard a few authors I really like–including Zadie Smith–discuss the essential freedom of writing. Meaning, to make their point the writer should be able to freely go where they choose and the reader should be able to agree where they choose.

I considered how I often see writing as a form of constraint–I want to say this, but I can’t, I want to reference that, but I can’t–etc.

My question is this: Is Writing more of the former or the latter? Does “literary freedom” mean that any constraint of form or genre is lesser than an restrained type prose?