What Am I Burning With?

One of the best ways to encourage yourself to write is to ask yourself this simple question: “What am I burning with?” I’ve asked myself this very question many times and sometimes it has resulted in a piece of writing. It might be a newspaper column or a magazine article. Sometimes it’s a poem. Every now and then, the “What am I burning with?” question results in a book.

If the burning question doesn’t get your writing engine started, you might try a writing prompt. There are many available in books and on the web. Put the words, “writing prompts” into Google and more writing prompts than you’ll ever be able to use will appear on your computer, tablet, or smart phone screen.

So, what are you burning with? And can it ignite a story? You’ll never know until you try.


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