Flannery O’Connor on Writing Habits

tumblr_lpcr0sELzN1qdogv5o1_1280“I’m a full-time believer in writing habits. . . You may be able to do without them if you have genius but most of us only have talent and this is simply something that has to be assisted all the time by physical and mental habits or it dries up and blows away. . . Of course you have to make your habits in this conform to what you can do. I write only about two hours every day because that’s all the energy I have, but I don’t let anything interfere with those two hours, at the same time and the same place.”

-Flannery O’Connor, letter, September 22, 1957

Do Something Exciting

wi141-23“If you feel safe in the area you’re working in,

you are not working in the right area.

Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in.

Go a little bit out of your depth.

And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom,

you are just about in the right place to do something exciting.”


Funny & Interesting Writing Prompts

  • After years of gentle persuasion your best friend since childhood finally agrees to seek professional help for serious mental problems. Much to your dismay, as she begins to improve you slowly start to realize that you are her imaginary friend.
  • qosukzuNicolas Cage is completely unaware that he is an actor. All he knows is strange men with cameras follow him around while he gets into crazy situations and money shows up randomly in his bank account.
  • A wife kills her husband. Make me sympathize with both characters.
  • 18ls02l3m7v57jpgWrite a story in the style of a teen novel which follows the journey of a group of teenagers fighting to bring down an oppressive dystopian government. Over the course of the story it becomes clear to the readers that the government is in the right.
  • One day everyone notices the words “Human Update 1.1 progress 1%” in the corner of their eye.
  • airplaneYou’re midway into your flight when you, feeling bored, decided to surf the Internet. You read breaking news about another plane disappearance. You’re on that flight.
  • A writer, trapped in his own book, regrets not writing more interesting female characters.

These were all found on reddit’s Writing Prompts page.