As someone who participates in many Facebook writing groups, I’ve come across a lot of different writing motivation, memes, and beliefs. One of those beliefs is about how writing prompts are “cheating”.
Honestly, I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix different prompt ideas together until I think of something new altogether. The prompts are like a creative boost for me than anything else. When I’m feeling empty, they can push me towards writing.
But there’s a bit of a gray area too. I wonder if authors consider writing prompts cheating because they think people write the prompt down and religiously follow it. Perhaps those writers only write ideas that others thought of and don’t expand off of it in any way.
A part of me still doesn’t know if that would be cheating. The first sentence may be from someone else, but everything after is from another person’s creativity. No one thinks exactly the same. Even if someone writes only the beginning, someone else always ends the story in a different way.
What do you think? Are writing prompts cheating? Leave a comment below!