Imagine that you are a character from a classic tale pitching your memoir to a literary agent. You know that it will become the next bestseller. Write your query letter, story synopsis, or elevator pitch to the agent.
It keeps getting hotter, and things are also getting weirder. Write a scene or story that describes the strange things happening the hotter it gets. You can be logical, illogical, silly, etc. When temperatures rise, anything goes.
Take the words firecracker, sad, antacid, 72, and courtroom. Or, pick five random words of your own. Write a scene or story that includes all of the words.
Re-write a scene or story from the point of view of someone or something that none of the characters knew was watching. It could be a ghost, animal, the furniture come to life, etc.
Complete the sentence "If you look back far enough, you can see ..." and write a scene or short story that contains the line.
Your character's day has been every sort of strange that you can imagine. Write about this day from their perspective—in the voice of a children's book.
Take a trip to the thrift store, or think about your latest trip. Pick one item you find interesting and imagine who its past owner(s) was. How did they use the item? Why did they end up donating it to the thrift store?
Take a look around a museum, or recall your favorite pieces in a museum. Imagine what the past lives of these artifacts look like. Alternatively, you may imagine what the everyday objects in our lives might look like in a museum and what stories future generations will tell about them.
Your character's prom date went ... not so well. Why? Post your response (500 words or fewer) in the comments below.
Your character's child comes home with a detention slip to sign, but your character isn't angry. What's the reason that they aren't angry with their child for getting into trouble at school?
A tornado is forming, and your character is in the absolute worst place they can be at the moment. Where are they? How do they handle the situation?
As your character watches the hibachi chef prepare their meal, something seems ... off. What is it?
The person whom you have been trying to talk to for ages finally answers the phone. Who is this person? How does the phone conversation progress?
During the annual spring egg hunt, your child is delighted to find an egg larger than their head. Not only is it huge, it's also warm… and looks unlike any bird egg you've ever seen.
Think of some of the song lyrics you have mis-heard throughout the years. Pick your favorite, and use these mis-heard lyrics as the title of a new creative writing piece. Write a story, scene or poem based on this title.
Imagine that a character did the old spin the globe and see where to take your next vacation trick. Write a story or scene describing where they went and how their trip panned out.
Think of an alternative vampire that survives on something other than blood. Write a story or scene based on this character.
Take a walk around the block near your home or work, and note the pieces of litter and discarded items you find along the way. Write a story or a scene based on the items you see lying around.
Complete the following sentence and write a scene or story that begins with it: "It's strange to think that I never would have known about ____________ if I hadn't taken that left turn."
You're lying on your back in a soft carpet of early spring grass, watching familiar constellations drift across a clear night sky. Suddenly, you notice a particularly bright one among the others… and you're quite sure it wasn't there last night.
Character Name Generator: Follow the instructions to search for name meanings on Behind the Name. Select one of the names, and use its meaning to write a story or scene about a character with that name.
Write a story or scene using at least three words from the list shown here.
You arrive at home to find an envelope addressed to you on the ground outside your front door. Inside, you find a letter proclaiming the writer's deep and undying hatred for you. The note is not signed.
You’ve managed to launch a SweetHearts Conversation Hearts competitor in time for Valentine’s Day, but you have to make them distinct from the original product to avoid a lawsuit. What messages do you put on your candy treats, and how do you style them?