I’ve never liked to be nudged, physically or metaphorically. I tend to move at my own pace, and I resent anyone trying to push me along. If someone nudges me from behind, say in a line at the cashier, I’m sure to turn around and give them a look.
However, I’ve realized that I do move, even if it’s only an inch or two. A nudge can do that. And when I thought about it, I realized that I’m quite a self-nudger when I really have something I want to get done. It’s especially true in writing. I used to enter a lot of writing contests, especially for poetry, and one of the biggest reasons was because the deadline gave me a nudge to produce. If the poetry category had a theme or subject, all the better. Two nudges at once!
Being nudged to write is a reason I’ve always appreciated writing prompts. However, more and more I find the average prompt uninspiring and flat. It doesn’t engage my imagination, it’s geared more toward writing fiction than poetry, it’s too specific, it’s not specific enough—there are numerous reasons a prompt may fail for me. Or I fail it.
I started this site to create and share prompts of my own: what I choose to call “nudges.” Although they’re slanted toward brainstorming rough content to be shaped into poems, I want to keep them open enough that they could also be used as nudges for journaling or blog posts. And they’re intended to “get you going.” If a nudge gets the words flowing for you and you find yourself straying from the original idea, that’s great! Keep going. I’m simply trying to nudge you to write; that is, move an inch or two. Sometimes that inch or two can push you through writer’s block, urge you to take that scary leap into white space, or [insert your own metaphor here].
I’ll be posting nudges regularly, plus additional information and ideas about “nudgery” in general—the things that can get you writing. I won’t get much into craft. There’s plenty of information already on the Internet about craft, and I’ll be building a Blogroll and a Resources page with links to great, informational sites that will help you learn and grow as a writer.
Eventually I’ll offer e-books for sale: Small collections of nudges that don’t appear on the website, and reasonably priced downloadable “workbooks” that you can print out for scribbling and doodling to give your muse a tickle.
That’s all in the future. For now, check back regularly or subscribe to my RSS feed. I’ll be providing the first nudge very soon.