As someone in many Facebook writing groups, I’ve come across various thoughts. One of those is how writing prompts are cheating.
I never thought writing prompts are cheating before. Sometimes I mix prompt ideas together until I make something new altogether. The prompts are like a creative boost for me than anything else. When I’m feeling empty, they can push me toward something.
But there’s a bit of a gray area. Do authors consider prompts cheating because some write a prompt down and religiously follow it? Some writers might 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 or concept is from another person, but everything after is from someone else. No one thinks exactly the same. Even if someone only writes the beginning, someone else will end the story in a different way.
What do you think? Are writing prompts cheating? Leave a comment below!