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.

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.

Explain Your Most Bizarre Dream

Use the most ridiculous dream you can remember having and write a story that explains everything that happened in the dream. (i.e. I had a banana costume on because I’d been hired to advertise for a fruit smoothie stand.) Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Secret Passage in Library

One day, at your local public library, you are looking around the very back shelves. There is a particularly boring looking book there, but for some reason it catches your interest and you find yourself removing it from the shelf. However, as soon as you move the book, the bookcase opens in like a...

Something in Your Food

When you are eating out at your favorite restaurant, you find something unexpected in your food. The owner comes over, looking frazzled, and begs, “Please, I can explain!” Write a creative/exciting explanation for the object you discovered in your meal. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Medieval Torture

You wake up chained to the wall of a medieval torture room. The torture devices are laid out on a table in front of you. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Cannibals

You have been captured by cannibals. How do you try to convince them not to eat you? If that fails how do you attempt to get away? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Late Night Phone Call

In the middle of the night, you get an urgent call from a friend you haven’t talked to in years. Something terrible has happened. What is it and why is he/she calling you? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Talking Pet

One day you wake up to find your dog/cat waiting for you at the side of your bed, sitting on your briefcase. Cocking its head, it tells you, in perfect English, that you won’t be going to work today. Why won’t your pet let you go to work, and what happens? Post your response...

Sarcastic Love Poem

Write a sappy love poem to a distant personage, then go back and change/add words to make it sarcastic. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

An Alliteration Challenge

Using as much alliteration as you can (Annie always ate apples) tell a story about your meeting with a group of alien ambassadors. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

New Holiday

Come up with a new holiday. Explain why and how it should be celebrated. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

New Shoes

You often hear people say, “You’ll never understand another person until you’ve walked a day in his or her shoes.” Choose a fictional character and walk a day in his or her shoes. Now write about it. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.