20 Creative Writing Prompts

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So am I.

Instead of writing anything proper, I’ve compiled a list of creative writing prompts for alleviating writer’s block (currently the bane of my life). I’ve already used a couple of these, and plan to use some more of them in the near future.

Happy writing!

  1. Create a brief how-to manual for something you can do well. If that sounds too boring, make a manual for how to do it wrong.
  2. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  3. A picture is worth a thousand words – open a family album at random and use the first picture you see as inspiration.
  4. Find a poem you like. Use your favourite line from that poem as the first line of a short story.
  5. Write a fictional news story. Make it as silly as you like.
  6. Write a pure dialogue story. No prose at all, just speech.
  7. Flip through a magazine and create a story around the first image you see.
  8. Write about something that bothered you this week, small or large. If all else fails, rant.
  9.  Describe a “first” – first time driving, first kiss, first apartment, first pet. Could be yours or fictional, it doesn’t matter.
  10. Write about your name – why were you named that? If you don’t know, hypothesise.
  11. Create a short story that is 26 sentences long, each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet.
  12. Write a short story in the second person (Eg: “You head through into the kitchen”).
  13. Write about something complex from the point of view of a child.
  14. Give a super power to the last person on Earth who should have one.
  15. Write a story from multiple perspectives (eg the witnesses and perpetrator of a robbery)
  16. Write a story with two or more alternate endings.
  17. Write a bedtime story for a younger sibling, if you have one. (My eight-year-old sister has proved to be one of my best critics.)
  18. Take a common phrase or idiom, eg “raining cats and dogs”, and write them literally happening.
  19. Everyone has those things they wish they’d said or done just a second too late. Write one of those scenarios as it should have gone.
  20. Your pet suddenly starts talking to you and tells you what they really think of you. This works equally well with a treasured possession, eg a child’s teddy bear.

A couple of notes:

First of all, it’s no big deal but:


*distant sound of Anna whooping*

Also, there will be a proper post coming up (a Les Mis review, to be exact) at some point in the next week or so. I’m kind of distracted by editing (which I hate with a burning passion stronger than the fiery pits of Mordor) at the moment.

– Anna


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