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.

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.

A Letter to Future You (6 Months Edition)

Write a letter to yourself that you will open in six months. Include your current accomplishments and concerns, and remind yourself of one thing from today that you want to make sure “future you” does not forget. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Game Show Contestant

You’ve been given an opportunity to be a contestant on your favorite game show. Write about your experience, your interaction with the host and how you made it to the final round with a chance to win. Also, end the piece with the line “And that’s how I almost won (fill in the blank).”...

Power Outage

Storms have knocked out the power. You find the flashlight and make shadow bunnies on the wall, but you can tell the kids are not amused. So instead you decide to tell a scary story. Create a story that would scare even the toughest of teenagers. Post your response (500 words or less) in...

New Name, New Identity

You’ve left town—ditching your old, miserable life—hoping to start a new life for yourself. You’ve given yourself a new name, fake background and style. Write about your first encounter in your new town. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Helping a Close Friend

A close friend has a life-altering decision to make and asks you for advice. What advice do you give? Write the conversation between you and your friend. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Stop That Wedding

The love of your life is getting married to someone else. In a last-ditch attempt to win the love of your life back, you bust into the wedding and profess your love mid-ceremony. Start your story with the line, “Don’t say yes!” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Birthday Blast

You’re out to eat a nice birthday dinner with your family when the waiting staff marches out from the back room with a cake. With everyone around singing happy birthday, you decide this is the moment to make that life-changing announcement you’ve been considering. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments...

Brotherly Love

Write a story about two brothers who are competing for the affection of the same woman. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

High School Haiku

Write a haiku (first line 5 syllables, second line 7 syllables, third line 5 syllables) about your first day of high school. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Back From the Future

A knock at the door catches you off-guard. Upon answering it, you’re greeted by a man who says he’s from the future—and he can prove it. More important, he says he has information that will save your life. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

You’re the Marriage Ref

You and two friends are out to dinner when a woman walks up to you and says, “My husband and I have a disagreement and we’d like you to decide who is right.” She explains the issue. Both of your friends chime in, giving completely opposite opinions. The decision, though, rests in your hands....

Cube Packed Up

You arrive at work to find all the items in your cube packed up in a box. There’s no note and you have no idea what is going on. Write this scene. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Elevator Baby

You’re riding an elevator when the power goes out. The situation take a turn when the pregnant woman next to you goes into labor. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Late-for-Work Excuse

You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Not Your Average Pet

A friend knocks on your door. Her father has had a heart attack and she must leave town immediately to visit—only problem is she needs someone to watch over her very unusual pet. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Not Really Dead

One week after attending the funeral of a close friend, you receive a postcard in the mail with the words, “I’m not dead. Meet me tonight at Guido’s Pizzeria. Tell no one.” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Sent to the Wrong Printer

You’re at work and you print something personal (and sensitive). Unfortunately, you’ve sent it to the wrong printer and, by the time you realize it, someone else has already scooped it up. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Playing in the Snow

Write about your favorite childhood memory of playing in the snow. If you’ve never been around snow, write about what you dream it’d be like. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Grammy Acceptance Speech

Your name is called: You’ve won the “Album of the Year” Grammy for your album, (fill in the blank). You step up to the podium to accept your award and, halfway through, the orchestra tries to play you off. You’ve worked too long and hard to allow this to happen, so you don’t–to the...

Breaking Up With Writer’s Block

It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me … .” Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.