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 Terrorist Attack

The snow storm across the nation shut down many businesses and people went home early. The business where you work had closed for two days. Although you turned off the computer before going home, when you returned to work, your computer had been very active while you were away—plotting a terrorist attack. You now...

The Boat

One day, while reading your favorite book on the beach, you notice a boat slowly drifting to shore. It eventually lands near your spot. A person, draped in pirate clothes, yells to you from the boat, "I have a treasure map and I need help. Are you in?"

Valentine’s Day Poem

Write a Valentine's Day poem of no more than 20 lines about spending a Valentine's Day all by yourself. The only rules are that it must rhyme and the final line of the poem must include the title of your favorite song.

There’s Something You Need to Know About That Night

You're searching through your closet and find an old stuffed animal or doll from your childhood. It starts to bring back a warm memory of a specific night that's near and dear to your heart. Suddenly, your stuffed companion begins to talk and says, "There's something you need to know about that night." Write...

A Suicide Note

You are helping out at a charitable center by organizing donated items. When searching through an old suitcase, you find a suicide note dated six months prior. What's peculiar is that you know the person. What's even more peculiar is that the person is still alive. Write the story about what happens when you...

Terrible Musician

You’ve just been to the worst concert of your life. Afterward, you head to a bar with friends and start drowning your disgust. Moments later, the musician (or musicians) shows up. You decide to confront the musician about the lousy performance and ask for your money back. The musician suggests a different approach to...

What Happened to Your Pants?

Pretend you are a recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon while attending your high school reunion. Start your story with "I hadn't had a drink in nearly 10 years" and end it with "If only I could remember where I left my pants."

A Mad Scientist Approaches You With an Offer

A mad scientist approaches you with an offer—he will heighten one of your senses, but it will make one of your other senses duller. It isn't optional; he's going to perform the surgery anyway, but you get to choose which two senses. Write this scene.

Why Did Santa Kidnap You?

You wake up in a daze only to find out you've been kidnapped and are currently tied up to a chair. After hours of unsuccessfully trying to escape, a door starts to open. Your kidnapper is none other than—Santa Claus? Write a story explaining why Santa kidnapped you and what he intends to do...

Your Elf on the Shelf is Stealing From You

You brought an Elf on the Shelf into your home, but instead of him visiting Santa every night, you believe that he is mysteriously stealing money from your wallet and taking nightly trips to (fill in the blank). One night you stay awake and secretly follow him to find out the truth. Write this...

Tell Santa You’ve Been Good

Last year, Santa didn't bring you what you wanted for Christmas and you were left to assume it's because you weren't a good boy (or girl). Start building a case for getting that gift you want this year by making a list of your good deeds to date and what else you plan to...

Celebrity Fender Bender

While driving to pick up lunch, you accidentally bump into the car in front of you—a light fender bender—that pops open the other car's trunk. When you get out to assess the damage, you notice that the driver of the other car is none other than your favorite actor. More important, you notice a...

Why I Write

Tell us the story of when you first realized that you needed to be a writer. (Did it happen when you were young? Was it after you read a particular book? Etc.)

Why You Had to Break In

You are 16 years old and you and your friends have just been caught breaking into the local gas station. After your parents post your bail, you must explain why you did it, since this is not something you would usually do. What your parents—and others—don't realize is that you did it for heroic...

Novel Character Comes to Life – And May Murder Someone

You've written a novel with a character that eventually murders one of his or her neighbors. Suddenly, a new person moves into your neighborhood with the same name as your character. Looks similar too. In fact, you can't help but notice this new neighbor is doing several of the same things as your character—including...

The Afterlife

You've died and gone to heaven, only it's nothing like you've imagined. You're greeted by a guide—someone from your past—who gives you a tour and explains what you can expect out of the afterlife. There's one question you've been dying to know and, at the end of the tour, you decide to ask.

Why You Can’t Get a Flu Shot Excuse

You're at the doctor's office for a regular check up when the doctor suggests you get a flu shot as well. You hate shots, so you come up with the most outlandish excuse as to why you can't get one. Start your story with "You're not going to believe this, but ... " and...

Love Letter From the Future?

You are 15 years old and, while still living with your parents, you discover a secret room in your house. It is filled with all sorts of strange things, but one thing in particular catches your eye: It's a love letter to your mom from someone who isn't your dad. What's more peculiar is...

They Took Everything—Except One Odd Thing

There's been a break-in at your house. The robbers took everything—your couch, your clothes, your toilet paper—except for one odd item that they left right in the middle of your living room. This item, though meaningless to the police, is a clue that you recognize and will lead you to the culprits.