Actually, I’d like to see writers who do my exercises post the results on their Facebook or their Website, to encourage the others – but mostly to show that most creative people create better within constraints.
All the writers I’ve worked with write better to order than when writing what they want to write. Most writers do not write full time – though since the e-book revolution, a lot more do than ever did before.
You’re an artisan, you have a specific skillset related to writing, but you’re well aware that this is a skillset that takes a lifetime to master, that there is always new knowledge to add, new skills to incorporate.
This means that the core of your career as a creative writer is learning and development.
Look everywhere There are plenty of online resources that have lists of writing prompts.
Use those, but stick to the most restrictive ideas, and the ones that you think will be difficult; the ones where you think you will have a hard time finding something to write.
If the restrictions are tight enough, it will force you to explore and discover and innovate and experiment.
And this will have consequences when you go back to your book.
But why would you feel guilty about looking for ideas? and once we start to see ourselves as artists, we start to see the value in being seen as special.
And because we want to be what we seem, we try to be more special.