Are writing prompts a useful exercise, or do you find them to be too limiting and/or hokey?
Honestly, it depends on the topic of the prompt. Some are intriguing or amusing. I enjoy responding to those topics. Others are topics I would never address on the internet. Secrets I have no told anyone, for example. Why would I mention that in a blog? No matter. I respond to the topics I like and skim past those I do not. I can do that with blogs. When it comes to writing prompts I saw in school, I did not have as much leeway. The prompt I got was the prompt I had to write about. Fortunately, I can write decently about topics I do not care for. I just prefer to have a choice.