Welcome to WitFit, our wildly successful series of daily writing prompts for all genres!
“Write every day” is one of the most popular pieces of advice given to authors. No other practice challenges the mind, provokes the imagination, and does so much to encourage a writer to continue practicing their craft.
But what about time? The prospect of trying to write at the same time every day can be discouraging, but if you can find even twenty minutes to write—when waking up, on lunch break, or while dinner is cooking—you can develop your style, sharpen your ability to pair words and ideas, and stir your creative imagination.
Prepare to stretch your creative wings!
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Tips for WitFit writers
- Don’t edit while you write—Try to silence your inner editor; don’t think about if what you’re writing is making sense, or if it fits with your story. Just relax and let your creativity flow.
- Don’t overthink—WitFit is designed to challenge writers, to help you expand beyond their comfort zone, and to push your creative juices—to keep your wit fit. Some days you might not feel it, or like what you produce. However, we encourage you to submit what you have created every day, regardless of your level of satisfaction. This encouragement is given with this principle in mind: the overthinking writer is their own worst enemy. The purpose is to strengthen creative prowess, not the editing pen.
- Make it happen—Making writing part of your daily routine will help make the process less of a strange task and more of a day-to-day exploration. The goal of daily writing isn’t necessarily output; rather, it is about making writing second nature. Simply make it work for you and your lifestyle, and it will soon become so.
- Open a document and simply write what comes to you next and go from there, line by line. Some writers close their eyes and type, some jot down notes or the first few words that come to their mind, ruminate over them, and then formulate anything with that prompt. Where you end up in your writing may be completely different from your original source or intention, and that’s great, because you’re following your imagination and provoking your creativity.
- Use the daily WitFit prompt as the central theme or idea for your piece of writing, without necessarily using the words of the prompt. Write around the ideas and images the prompt gives you!
There are five basic prompt types in WitFit, all designed to get your creative muscles working at peak efficiency. Monday through Saturday, you’ll receive writing prompts of various types. Sundays are reflection days, when we encourage you to review your progress for the week and to set goals for next week’s writing—and of course, to celebrate your success.
Word Prompt: A word meant to inspire immediate thought. Write what your imagination dictates. Submissions are completely open to word count, point of view, characterization, and so on.
Plot Generators: You will be given a topic, concept, or a common phrase in one of the following areas. Use the prompt to jump-start your imagination and follow where it leads, writing as you go.
- Binding Blurb: In 500 words or fewer, write a blurb or a short entry on the given topic.
- Idea Completion: An idea or concept is presented. Follow where it leads you.
- Phrase Catch: A phrase is presented, one that could lead in various directions. Repeat the phrase to yourself five times, open a blank document or get out a fresh sheet of paper, and begin.
Audio-Visual Challenges: You will be given a music clip or image as a prompt. Watch or view the provided files, and write what comes to you.
- Musical Mastery: A YouTube video of a piece of music from a variety of genres. Listen to the sample, then write whatever comes to you first.
- Imagined Image: A photograph or image taken from the web, each one different and ambiguous—designed to stimulate your mind.
Dialogue Flex: Using the provided snippet of dialogue, explore what comes to mind, be it a scene, a thought, or something else.
Scenario: Complete the scenario in any way, in any style, and for any word count. Open your mind and follow where it leads, writing as you go.
We look forward to writing with you!