Cheating with Writing Prompts

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!

4 thoughts on “Cheating with Writing Prompts

  1. Not cheating 🙂 I post writing prompts, hoping that people will take my basic sentence and turn it into something magical. If you gave 100 people the same prompt they would all write a completely different and unique story. 🙂

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    1. I get that! I’ve had English classes where everyone writes a different beginning and then someone else writes the middle and end. The stories always turn out very different from what I intended and much more unique.

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  2. You can consider anything that encourages you to write as a writing prompt, so that’s not cheating at all in my opinion. Use your open mind as well as you can!

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