When you’re writing, you need a starting point. Where do you begin?
You may have found some ideas from your competition, but now you need a way to start. How do you begin? One way is to use a springboard, a useful device that can get you into the topic that you want to talk about.
In Ideation just yesterday, I started creating springboards to bring clarity to what I wanted each writing prompt to accomplish. Do I want to solve a conflict? Do I want to write from a different character’s point of view? Do I want to follow up on a story that I already written? This springboard provides instructions and it clarifies the kind of message that I want to present.
For instance, in my Think & Write “The Fight“, for example, I would use this springboard:
Desperate for money, you are in a wrestling ring with a champion. You must survive 10 minutes to win the money you need. Describe your experience.
In another Think & Write “Dreaming While Awake“, I would use this springboard:
Your child or someone you know has a special magical talent. What is this talent and what do they do with it?
In over 100 of my Think & Writes, I have provided springboards for everyone of them. For these exercises, there is a starting point for each person to pick up and start writing their own stories. And if you try this, it really helps with writer’s block. Writing for me has become a daily habit that I never cease from doing.
So when you’re blogging, think of good starting points. Use your springboard and jump right into an awesome post idea!
What’s next? Meet back next week and I’ll tell you. It’s part of the suspense. I wouldn’t want to spoil the fun now, would I?
See you next week!
Your friend in writing,