|These are prompts I've used in the past, some I plan to use. If there are *** after the number, that means I made it up myself. The others are ones I've gleaned from various writing sources.
Browse the personals section in your local newspaper or on-line. Pick a person, and based on the details provided, create an expanded profile on him/her. Then create a character sketch.
Write a limerick. It's a humorous five line poem with the rhyme scheme of AA BB A. It often starts "There once was a..."
Browse the Internet. With so much free information, you're bound to get a great idea for a story. Make a list of story ideas to use when you are stuck. (Remember to include the site so you can refer back to it if you do use the idea.)
Read the following line and create a short story or poem using it as the opening line. And then she died. (Thanks to the Muse's Alley for providing the line.)
Write a "silent scene" in your fiction. Create a powerful scene between two characters without using any dialogue.
Write a short story where freedom is won in some way.
Read the following line and create a short story or poem using it as the opening line. What galaxy is this? (Thanks to the Muse's Alley for providing the line.)
Stop in at your nearest travel agency and pick out the most appealing brochure. Go home and write about what you would do if you could go to that place.
Choose an unusual occupation and write a character sketch for a person with that occupation.
A fable is a story meant to teach children a moral lesson. Write a fable using a household pet as the main character.
Let your creativity flow in a dark way. Make a list of ways to kill someone. Remember to be creative.
Create a religion. Who do they worship? Why? How? Where? Is this a religion that would be on Earth or elsewhere?
Visit a thrift shop and buy an unusual object. (No more than $15). Now write a short story about that object.
Write a list of ten people you have seen today that have potential for fictional characters. Include characteristics and where you saw them.
Pick a novel you enjoy and copy the first line. Now write your own short story or novel outline using that line as the opening line.
We usually picture ourselves as the good guy. For a Proxy-Connection: keep-alive
ange, write a story where the character is based on you and is the bad guy.
Imagine that you are a warrior (male or female your choice). Write a description of a typical day in your life. Elaborate on the heroic rewards and grave dangers that can be discovered in an ordinary day.
Celebrate diversity by writing a personality/character sketch describing someone different from you.
Practice your dialogue. Write a short story between two characters entirely in dialogue. Make it a bit unusual.
Visit some place that you would not visit on a regular basis. (Such as a historical site, museum, or renaissance faire) Once you've returned home, write a letter describing it to someone who has never been there.
Oh, Romeo! Write a love story or poem where the protagonist doesn't win the girl.
Perspective makes all the difference! Take one of your short stories and rewrite it from the viewpoint of a different character in the story. ***OR change a third person story to first person or vice versa.
Write a children's story where all the characters are food items.
Try a little role reversal. Turn one of your short stories into a play or turn a poem into a short story.
What is your favorite color? Write a short reflective piece that begins: "People who like (color) are..."
Write an interview between yourself and any famous person living or dead. Try to capture that person's voice. (No literary or television characters)
Use today to brainstorm ideas for novels, short stories, poems or all three. Make a list for future reference.
Create five of your own colors like horse-gum pink and letter-sweater red. Describe them so we can see them.
Listen to the radio and write down a few of the lyrics from the first song that you hear. Use these lyrics to jumpstart ideas for a poem or story.
Treat yourself to ice cream or any other "forbidden" junk food. While you indulge, write about your favorite childhood food.
Pick a country song (or other song) that tells a story. Write a short story about what happens behind that song (in other words a short story version of the song).
Call your grandmother or grandfather and ask to hear a story from his/her life. Now write a fictionalized account of the story.
Take a break from writing today. Go back, clean out your portfolio, or organize it. Look back over old work and do some revisions.
As a child, did you believe that the moon was made of cheese or that penguins could fly. Describe a comical misconception that you entertained.
Write a love scene between two seemingly unrelated inanimate objects; such as a computer and a pencil or a shoe and a paper clip.
Summer is officially over! Write an ode to the end of summer.
Remember when the dark was scary and monsters lurked beneath your bed? Create a monster or other fantastical being to inhabit a story or poem.
It's the first day of school for many people. Write about the best or worst first day of school you've experienced or make up a completely fictional one.
Clichés are over used by definition, but they are also true. Choose a cliché and write a story that could bear it as a title.
Write a short story that takes place on a baseball field from the perspective of the umpire behind home plate. Make it first person POV.
Create a fable that explains how the sun, moon, stars, or all three came to be.
If you were teaching a writing course, what would be your first lesson? Create a detailed outline.
Write a recipe that is an antidote to writer's block. What ingredients would cure you?
The scene is a library after hours. The characters are a book that talks, a little boy, and a librarian. Write a children's story.
Create a category of greeting cards that does not exist. Then create several cards that could be shelved in this category.
Write a one-act play that takes place in a confined space in a specific period of time.
Har. Har. Har. Imagine you're a pirate on a ship at sea. What's your name? What's your parrot's name? What are you seeking? Write a short story.
The future is now. Write about how life has changed since your grandparents were born. Interview them about what they remember were inventions during their lifetime.
Murphy's Law has struck. Write a short story where everything that can go wrong does.
Describe your perfect guy or girl. What makes this person perfect? Make sure to include looks, personality, and good and bad traits.
Browse the web for different pieces of art. Find a picture that you really like and then write an outline or short story based on that pic. example of site: http://www.epilogue.net/art/ from morenaniiclu
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