Being a good essay writer takes a lot of work. You can’t just write the best essay overnight. It takes hard work and a lot of practice. But sometimes, you may be practicing so much but your skills still don’t improve. This is because you're practicing without a clear goal. Every time you write, you must at least have a clear goal in mind so that you can direct your writing towards that goal. There are also times that you should do some essay writing exercises to further develop your skills.
Following some writing prompts is one of the writing exercises you can do. It’s something that a lot of creative writers do but it can also be done by essay writers. It’s an easy exercise that can also be enjoyable. It’s also one of the exercises that can fight off writer’s block. Writing prompts can be done individually but it can also be conducted with a partner.
In writing prompts, you’ll be given an instruction on what you must do. For example, a writing prompt can tell you to describe a feeling, how it affects your body and mind, without having to exactly say what the feeling is. Another example of writing prompt is by picking a photograph of people you don’t know. In this prompt, you have to write (or invent) a story about one of the people in the photo.
One of the most challenging and definitely my favorite is by writing a short story that’s 26 sentences long, each sentence has to start with the next letter of an alphabet. When I’m running out of ideas for a short story, I do this out of habit. It definitely helps to me to be inspired.