Prompts

Here are some prompts to inspire your creativity! If you submit anything based on our prompts, be sure to let us know.

  • Write based on a dreams daydreams, hallucination or nightmare you’ve had.
  • Imagine you had three wishes and you could wish for anything in the world. Now, imagine those wishes came true.
  • A shadow that has a life of its own unbeknown to its owner.
  • Write of a sudden change that could happen in your life.
  • Write a scene that starts with ‘One day, I just left.’
  • Write about the secret life of a stay-at-home parent.
  • Write a story from the perspective of the underdog.
  • Write of ‘the day I found out my grandmother’s/grandfather’s secret’.
  • Tell a story from a bird’s eye view.
  • Write from the perspective of the last man standing.
  • Write a story with an Oulipo technique (i.e. write a story but exclude a letter of the alphabet, write a story without the letter A).
  • Write from the question, ‘What if you woke up and realised you were entirely alone?’ And build off the thoughts and emotions your character would feel.
  • Write a story where one of the 5 senses is the key way of telling it.
  • Write about why you want to write.
  • Write a story from the perspective of an animal.
  • Pick a person you know and write a story about them.
  • Pick a colour and make that the story’s focal point.
  • Your story takes place over the course of a couple of seconds. Make this interesting. Perhaps you can use multiple points of view or really delve into a character’s mind.
  • Write about an event from childhood.
  • Read the last postcard, letter, or personal email you received, and start a story with the first sentence.
  • Describe your favourite piece of furniture in your childhood home.
  • Write in a form of writing you’re less familiar with (i.e. if you often write prose, write poetry. If you often write song lyrics, write prose.)
  • Your bad writing habit is now a band’s name. Write a scene about the band.
  • Write an interrogation scene where somebody confesses to a murder.
  • Use six questions to prompt the confession.
  • Write a Facebook status for three random historical figures. What do they have on their minds?
  • Write an eyewitness account of a car accident from three different perspectives: the driver, the pedestrian, and the bystander.
  • A tiny spacecraft lands in your garden. The inhabitants set up a colony under a bush.
  • Write a letter (150 to 200 words) to Christopher Robin’s parents. Show your concern about the animals he says are his friends.
  • Find five different words that describe moving upwards. Use them in an opening scene.
  • A famous fictional character wakes up in the wrong story. Write the scene.

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