Overcome Writer’s Block With Plinky Prompts

Do you ever think “Ugh, I’d totally write a new blog post, if I just had something to say?” Or maybe, “I’m sick and tired of writer’s block but I don’t know what to do about it!”

We’ve all been there — those days when the light bulb seems dim, if not burned out. To give you a little creative push and get that writerly mojo flowing again, we’ve added a new service called Plinky.com.

Each weekday, Plinky provides a prompt — like a question or a challenge — and you type in an answer. To keep it interesting, prompts are a mixed bag of fun commands (“Write a haiku about the last meal you ate”) to more thoughtful questions (“What is your favorite summer memory?”)

To get started, sign up for a new account at Plinky. Then, add your WordPress.com blog to your Plinky account, which will let you share your answer. We’re excited to see what you’ll create, and we hope to feature some of the best Plinky answers on WordPress.com. But we can’t feature your Plinky posts without your help: You’ll need to add a “Plinky” tag to your blog post, so that it appears on the Plinky tag page.

Support instructions for using Plinky on your WordPress.com blog.



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  1. David W. Boles

    This is an interesting remedy for bloggers who know they have something they want to say, but do not yet have the memes — or the trained skill — to divine the meaning in their written wants.

    Well done!

  2. Ruthie

    … and it is not available in German, right?

    Hi from Germany, Ruthie

  3. mrasherkade

    interesting…ususally my crazy life lends to many writing blog posts…but if my life should ever resemble normalcy, I’ll give it a try!

  4. Pulkit Kaushik

    Ok! Let’s see if that’s good ( I hope it is). I have signed up and I’m ready to go! Off I go POOF!

    PS: thanks WP!

  5. Eric

    Very nice! I sometimes have trouble coming up with new posts. Thanks for the tip!

  6. Debbie

    That sounds interesting. I’ll be sure and check it out. Thanks!

  7. Gally

    I don’t like linking accounts to other sites b/c I can’t be sure my info is kept private by all parties (Facebook, Twitter, etc), but it’s an interesting thought.

  8. may

    Love this! Sometimes a little kick is all you need.

  9. mike860

    I would love to try out this. Sounds interesting and definitely worth taking a shot.

  10. Kavita

    How innovative is that!!! Am signing up already!!! :)

  11. Suvi

    What a great idea! :)

  12. Veronica Twizzler

    THANK YOU! I was having one of those days today!

  13. sylviahubbard1

    this is doubly awesome upon awesomeness!! especially since I’ve challenged myself recently to write more eloquently to get on the major boards. You have made my day good when it was going so bad! thank you again WP!

  14. Sara

    Sounds great! I’m going to try it out right now.
    Thanks for the update. :mrgreen:

  15. ileaneb

    I rarely have writers block, but I signed up anyway. It sounds like fun. Thanks!

  16. Mary

    Neato!

  17. Zaeriuraschi (pronounced zay-ree-ooh-ras-chee)

    That sounds awesome- it’s been awhile since my last blog post!

  18. Peter Parkour

    Now I can get rid of my “Will Work For Food For Thought” cardboard sign. :P

    Petty cool. ;)

  19. leocheungblog

    I will make sure to check this site because sometimes I don’t know what to write about.

  20. Michael Horn

    Signed up. Thanks for this!

  21. guard13007

    Very very nice! I like it very much. Good ideas!

  22. Jerry Jacques

    Initially, I was skeptical about this. But after going to the site, I can see that it will be an effective tool for dealing with writers block. Great idea!

  23. shamballa9944

    What a brilliant idea! Kudos to whoever came up with it! But seriously…Plinky??

  24. barbarascultureblog

    It’s good to learn some thing new,
    Even if it’s about a haiku
    Now what shall I do .
    I think I need this plinky !

  25. starrynightcoach

    That sounds like a great idea. I know that as an artist, it has always helped me to have a theme like they give you in school.

  26. Ismail

    Can users post directly from Plinky to WordPress.com?

  27. Dan North

    Overcome what with a what now?

  28. aristipposian

    well… I am not so sure..
    Yes, indeed it looks attraktive and fun, but are we not writing enough notes already in so many sketch notebooks? so much that we do not find them just a few days later, but keep buying notebooks because the paper feels so good and one is ALWAYS expecting some ‘plinky’ to pop along sometime, somewhere?

    (had immediately my thoughts about the REAL reason for yet another internet-toy, but in the mean time even answered my first question)

    perhaps the meanest, most effective and most wonderful virus to have overwhelmed the human race in the last 50 or 100 years: communication

    so… keep the innovation up, WP (or at least the expansion)

  29. Trouble Down South and Other Stories

    This seems like a great idea to deal with writer’s block. We all get it sometimes.

  30. giuliadventures

    Very nice! Will sign up right away:)

  31. dom

    Awesome idea :)

  32. Tom Jamieson

    Thanks so much for this resource. I love the idea and look forward to writing more blogs!

  33. flatland57

    wow! you guys just keep it comin’!

  34. V

    i’ve been a member of plinky for a while. i believe they are not going to be adding any (new) more prompts to focus on their new project. the olds ones or whatever they have left are cool though. it is a nice service.

  35. undergroundfisherman

    I like the idea of being given a random topic and sticking with it, even though sometimes it might be a bit out of the blue. I think by constraining yourself within certain boundaries, you can actually become more creative. I find writer’s block strikes when you sit down and think to yourself “I could could write about ANYTHING in the world right now, why can’t I think of something”, so if something like this could give you a push in the right direction, then it’s great

  36. Netty Gritty

    Can it also write codes? I am writing some code and I am facing “Writer’s block”! :p

  37. Sue Ling

    This is the best thing I’ve read all week! I usually have trouble coming up with new posts so this should help a good deal. Thanks, WP just keeps getting better and better.

  38. indigoundecided

    This is kind of like formspring.

  39. gloriadelia

    How did they come up with the name, Plinky? Do you know. Sounds interesting.

  40. schultzklynn

    Ha, I came upon this at the right time. I felt I was going to have writers blog for a while, but now that there’s Plinky, I’ll look at those prompts for wacky ideas.

  41. David

    Interesting…will have to check it out.

  42. Tom Baker

    Being away for nearly two months, this should help!

  43. amartz

    Awesome. Will try.

  44. The Lost Poet

    I’m a poet and now I wont have to go roaming around the streets looking for inspiration… thnxxx…

  45. deepbellylaugh

    ““Ugh, I’d totally write a new blog post, if I just had something to say?””

    Well, that’s a little tragic! What’s someone’s motivation when they don’t actually have a worthwhile message they’re trying to say but want to post anyway? The impetus of blogging addiction?

    One truly thought-provoking, enjoyable or inspiring post is better than countless “haikus about the last meal you ate”.

    Quality is better than quantity.

  46. Olivia

    Now thats a Plinky Idea.. Can’t wait to get started..
    Cheers..!!

  47. Bobbie Lynn

    Seems like it has the potential to be fun!

  48. Lulu

    a brilliant idea!
    It’s really good news for the bright weekend!
    love it, and thanks
    Bravo WordPress

  49. deadpoet88

    This is great! I often suffer from writer’s block, so I know I will be using this a lot!

  50. Rizal

    great. i always wanna be a writer and really need some prompts

  51. JC

    my life is Plinky.com itself, everyday there’s is a (life’s)question or challenge.
    But I think this might work for some people.

  52. sid

    interesting idea ….

    would certainly try it :)

  53. Stef Gonzaga

    Interesting… all righty I’ll give it a try. :)

  54. citysoliloquy

    Will be signing myself up! Fab idea!

  55. nickie wang

    this is interesting!

  56. Mohammad Elsheimy

    WOW I loved it. Personally I consider myself Mr. Internet (or computer maybe :P ) I spend all the time on computer. I don’t have any real friends :( so I like to use social sites to talk to other people (a few of them) and most of the time talking to myself even if I know that no one would see what I write or what I do.

    Not long ago my personal blog was private and search engine indexing was disabled. I was talking to myself there and I liked it too much. But, at times, I feel depressed and everything becomes dark. I’m really in a problem. I’m seeking real friendship but I can’t find it anywhere, everyone is thinking about interest and benefiting from others.

    Sorry to talk about myself here, sorry to make you here that. :|

    Have a nice weekend. :)

  57. blackcabbit

    This is interesting, will give Plinky a try… though its not the writer’s block i’m having problem with, it TIME factor… So many things to do, so little time SOB!

  58. jfb57

    Great idea! I shall sign up now!

  59. Aiman Amani

    Excellent idea! This plinky shall help me save a lot of time that I usually spent staring on the screen of my laptop.

  60. blogmella

    If I don’t know what to write about, I take it as a hint that I shouldn’t write at all – I don’t think Plinky would do much more than irritate me with predictable ideas and “meme” style questions. And a haiku? Are you serious? Most of them are absolutely dire.

    No, I’ll stick to posting my attempts to educate Americans in the ways of the British (and the occasional obscene sausage photo), thanks! ;)

  61. onmywaytomentalhealth

    Will definitely give it a try. As always, kudos on this ever expanding creative world. One does wonder, however, what happened to the famous adage ‘if you don’t have anything nice to say…” I’m sure there’s still some wisdom there. Having said that, I’ve posted a cute quote on writer’s block from the Victorian writer George Gissing if anyone’s interested..

  62. kendylau

    Neat Idea! A good source of inspiration! Thanks alots!!

  63. byNneoma

    Very, very cool!!

  64. the rufus

    Coming back to German language – we are now already two asking for that … is there a light at the end of the tunnel? :D

  65. Brenda Nepomuceno

    Another very helpful tool for WP bloggers everywhere! Thanks!

  66. Crist Giménez

    Very nice!
    Thank WP!

  67. pandelicious

    Really all that I do is watch South Park and I’m back in the game.

  68. R

    Did Automattic acquire Plinky from Thing Labs?

  69. shreejacob

    Hi! Thanks for the link to the site! I’ve signed up, but have a question…how do we insert pictures into the post?

    • Joy Victory

      Hi there — only on some prompts are you allowed to insert photos while you’re in Plinky. But if you share the post to your WordPress blog, you can edit the photo in on WordPress. Let me know if that doesn’t make sense. :-)

  70. LadyLindy

    really creative!

  71. seaportsoapopera

    Very nice tool. I will sign up to see if it can help me to have more ideas to promote my products! : P

  72. permencihuy

    would be great!

  73. lauramaydiaries

    Thanks for that!

  74. shreejacob

    Hi Joy! Thank you! It made sense!! :)

  75. mom

    I don’t know what to say. I’m drawing a blank.

  76. battingsecond

    Thanks for creating this. I’m dealing with a bit of writer’s block. Getting good ideas for my screenplay, but I’m caught up in staring at the TV to watch the World Cup! FYI it’s much more exciting on the Spanish language stations!

  77. srqpix

    Its interesting how one little question can stir up the mental pot. I like plinky and will start using it regularly.

  78. melissatowbin

    Thank you, I’m just starting and already out of anything to say, lots of thoughts. Thanks

  79. featheredfiends

    Sounds good, does everyone get the same question each day or are they a bit more random than that?

    For example is everyone that signs up going to be blogging about their favourite colour on the same day?

  80. jessiepeace

    I really like this idea! Thank you for give me some cool things to write about! :) x

  81. Codex10168

    Sure, great idea–but it doesn’t actually seem to be every day, though. Friday’s prompt was “Your favorite summer memory,” and Saturday’s prompt seems to be…the same thing. In the list of “all prompts,” there’s a big gap: June 25 is listed, and the previous day from June 25 is April 6 instead of June 24, as would be expected. Hmm….

  82. hideawaywithme

    Oh wow this will definitely help me on off days.

  83. webmistress

    good news for the silent-at-hand and fuzzy mind

  84. gleanempire

    It is a welcome development.

  85. cintahidupmati

    I will try to sign up, it’s great..

  86. sr256

    This is so awesome! I’m sure it’ll come in handy on those days when you are only coming up with rubbish ideas for your blog

  87. Sally

    Now all I need is someone to give me the extra time to sit down and write!

  88. Standing in the light field

    that sounds like a good idea

  89. a prodigal daughter

    Love the idea! Still, some random part of my mind is saying that if people can’t ever think of anything interesting to write, they shouldn’t have a blog in the first place.

  90. ian in hamburg

    Sounds like fun, but I’ve never heard of Plinky. How secure is my password there? I feel really reluctant to put my wordpress passport on any site but this one.

  91. Dian Ara

    I read this post, tried Plinky rite away, and fell in love with it instantly. Thank you, Automattic & Plinky!

    Here’s my blog post about Plinky:
    http://dianaraquest.wordpress.com/2010/06/26/plinky-storms-your-brain-with-question/

    I kinda dislike the auto-publish feature since it can’t display the post exactly like the format I used to use in manual publishing. Therefore I prefer answering questions in Plinky, writing a post about it, and then publishing the post manually from Dashboard. Or it’s just me with my OCD, LOL! Either way, it’s indeed a cool tool for writers, bloggers and all those who always find excuses not to write. XD

  92. ladyserenity92

    Sensei, I welcome you into my life. Finally, a teacher at our level.

  93. b_y

    I used plinky for a while when I came back to writing. It is useful. The prompts are simple. It’s up to you to turn them into something.

  94. Christopher Green

    this is a great idea. My blog is very structured about my experience going through the Lung Transplant process so I am never at a loss for words. But I can see this a wonderful way to get people use to writing on a daily basis.

  95. Brett

    This Plinky thing is awesome! Thank you so much Ms. for sharing this. What great fun indeed!!!

  96. Miss Mali

    ahhh writer block does :(!!! great post friend…

  97. Lawrence C

    Great idea – some of us have determined to blog every day this year. I always have lots of ideas swimming around my mind, but they are usually chomping at each other and none will come over even when I dangle a fish. Maybe this will be the occasional tasty fish.

  98. Kurt "Paparazzo Martin" Doonesbury

    I’ve been dying of writer’s block for about a month now… I’m trying to set up a literary blog and when you cannot write, there’s a problem

  99. textwanderer

    I am excited about having Plinky as a new resource for my writing. I’ve already used it once and it works great to get me writing. Thank you for introducing this!

  100. Miss Kitinn

    How cool is THIS?!

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