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 Invitation

Write a scene or story that includes a character receiving an invitation, or showing up to an event that they were invited to. What was the invitation for? What ensues after the invitation is accepted? Does the character feel like a fish out of water when they attend the event?

Anthropomorphize That

Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human characteristics to something that isn't human, such as animal or object. Write a scene or story that includes anthropomorphism. 

Write What You Know

Begin with something familiar from your own life—such as a past event, something you know how to do, a character inspired by someone you know, or a place from your life—and put it in a fictionalized scene or story.

Food For Thought

Write a scene or story that includes food. What type of food is it? How does it taste? Why is the character eating it? Was it prepared a special way or only eaten on special occasions?

Setting the Scene

Begin a story or scene by envisioning the setting first. What is unique about this place? What does it look like? How does your character feel about this place?

Apocalypse Now

Write a story or scene set during an apocalypse. What does the world as we know it look like when it faces certain doom? What unlikely heroes step in to save it? What obstacles do they have to overcome?
creative writing prompt abecedarian

Abecedarian

Write a story, scene, or poem that uses the abecedarian format. Start with the letter A, or get creative and start anywhere in the alphabet you wish. 

So I’ve Heard…

Write a story or scene that includes "sound words" that set the scene. What is going on? What do the characters hear, or what sound waves do they feel?

Creating the Character

Begin a new story by creating a character. What do they look like? How do they dress? Is there anything unusual about their appearance? Write a scene or story exploring your new character.
heat wave creative writing prompt

Heat Wave

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.

No One Can See Me

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.
What in the world writing prompt

What In The World?

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.
Creative Writing Prompt: Thrift Store Finds

Thrift Store Finds

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?

Museum Artifacts

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.

School Daze

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?

Tornado Season

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? 

The Hatching

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.

Misheard Lyrics

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.

Spinning the Globe

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.