Creative Writing Prompts

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Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.

The Morning After

You are out partying with friends when one slips something into your drink. The next thing you know, it’s the morning and you don’t remember anything—though you have a collection of mysterious items surrounding you and you have a new tattoo. Your friend stops by and explains, much to your surprise, what happened. Post...

Mystery Cookie

One day you come into work and find a cookie mysteriously placed on your desk. Grateful to whoever left this anonymous cookie, you eat it. The next morning you come in and find another cookie. This continues for months until one day a different object is left–and this time there’s a note. Post your...

Computer Woes

One morning you are sitting in front of your computer working on your novel when, suddenly, the computer starts talking to you. What does it say? Does it deliver an important message or just want to chat? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Mistaken Surgery

You are in the operating room and are slowly being put under to have your gall bladder removed. Just as you are dosing off, you notice the doctor entering the room isn’t the doctor scheduled to operate on you. When you awake, your gall bladder is still there, but something else about you has...

You See a Face Through Your Dark Window

You always look out the dark windows and wonder if something is out there. One night when you look, a small face with bright eyes appears at the window. Write about what you do, who/what it is, and why they are there. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Create a New Human-esque Race

Create a new human-esque race and describe it as thoroughly as possible. Be sure to describe appearance, culture, values, beliefs, etc. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

George Washington on Twitter

What if George Washington were running for president today? Write several Twitter tweets of 140 characters or fewer from his point of view. They can be serious about issues, humorous about his adjustment to 21st century social media—anything you want. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Animal Revolution

You were out running in the woods when you fell down and hit your head. You wake up to find yourself in a dark hole, surrounding by small woodland creatures who are talking amongst themselves excitedly. You realize that you can understand what they are saying, and they are all suggesting different ways to...

Changing Your Childhood

Pick an event from your childhood that you wish would have gone differently. Write it as though it had happened ideally. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Groundhog Obit

It’s Groundhog Day. Just as the groundhog comes up to decide whether or not winter is over, he keels over. You’ve been charged to write a nice news article/obituary paying tribute to him, his life and his family. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

A Broken (Deadly) Resolution

Only two weeks into the New Year had passed and Tim had already broken his first resolution: Don’t kill anyone. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Snow Day

Write about a day during your elementary school years where school was cancelled due to snow. Remember waking up to the “good” news? How you filled your newfound free time? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Your 2011 Resolutions

What are your New Year’s resolutions for 2011? Post them here and then at the end of the year, I’ll feature this in the newsletter and ask you to check in to see which ones you’ve accomplished and reflect on your writing year. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Rewriting Rudolph

Rewrite the story of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” from the point of view of Vixen (or any one of the other reindeer, such as Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Magic Poem

Write a made-up magic spell, including ingredients, chants, and actions. Now, turn it into a poem. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Circus Dwarf

You wake up in a darkened circus tent, wearing a bright blue and yellow clown costume and a fluffy red wig. There is a dwarf standing over you with bucket of water. “You okay?” he asks. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Mother-in-Law Talk

Your mother-in-law has never liked you very much, so when she comes over and says she “wants to get to know you better,” you are instantly suspicious. You are convinced that that isn’t at all what she wants, and you decide to play detective and find out what is going on. The first things...

Neighbor’s Garden Gnome

One day, you are out in your yard when the next-door neighbor’s garden gnome suddenly walks over and starts telling you about “what is really going on.” Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Who is Operating Your Brain?

Pretend that there is a small man/woman operating the control system of your brain. Write about your day from his/her perspective. How does he/she feel about you? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Hypothetically Speaking

Write a paragraph where every sentence contains at least one five+ syllable word. Begin with “Hypothetically speaking…” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Dangerous Animal

You are a zookeeper, and one day a shady looking man brings in what he calls an “exotic animal.” This animal is in a wooden box with small air holes on the top and the box is stamped DANGEROUS. He throws a picture on your desk and you look at the strangest creature you’ve...

Apologize to Your Conscience

Write a letter apologizing to your conscience. Or reverse it and write a letter where your conscience apologizes to you. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.