Creative Writing Prompts for Sci-Fi & Fantasy Lovers

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Fantastical creative writing prompts.

Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

In the world of creative writing, we’ve only begun tapping the possibilities in speculative fiction, a genre that includes science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, supernatural, horror, and superhero stories, as well as anything that ventures beyond known reality.

Speculative fiction is an under-recognized genre: academia and literary elitists traditionally haven’t given it much credence, although it has been gaining acclaim in recent years.

But the genre’s fans are rabid. In fact, you won’t find a more dedicated group of readers anywhere else, which makes reading and writing speculative fiction a delight.

Plus, it’s a lot of fun to step outside of reality and see just what your imagination can do. Read More

Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by Historical Events

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Creative writing prompts inspired by historical events.

Today’s prompts include selections from the book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

Nonfiction writers are obviously inspired by the real world, but fiction writers and poets also take inspiration from real people and events.

Wars, scandals, scientific advances, and famous figures in history have all been represented in every form of writing. Read More

Creative Writing Prompts That Explore Society and Culture

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Creative writing prompts for exploring society and culture.

Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from my book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

The unofficial motto of the United States of America is E pluribus unum, which means, “out of many, one.” It’s sometimes translated as “one out of many.”

The phrase can be interpreted many ways. According to Wikipedia:

“The traditionally understood meaning of the phrase was that out of many states (or colonies) emerges a single nation. However, in recent years its meaning has come to suggest that out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries has emerged a single people and nation—illustrating the concept of the melting pot.

I offer a simpler interpretation, in which “the many” is comprised of every individual, and “one” is the unification of all those individuals. That’s the essence of any society or culture. Read More

Creative Writing Prompts: Politics and Religion

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Creative writing prompts: politics and religion.

Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from my book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

My mom always says, “Don’t ever discuss politics and religion in mixed company.”

She has a point: these are taboo subjects that can destroy friendships, rip families apart, and even divide an entire nation.

But politics and religion are important elements of any culture. So I don’t completely agree with my mom’s advice. Sure, it’s bad form to talk about these subjects in certain situations, but I believe that we should explore and share our political and religious views to the extent that we’re comfortable doing so, and we should try to be more open-minded, tolerant, and understanding of viewpoints that differ from our own. Read More

Creative Writing Prompts Inspired by Technology

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Use these creative writing prompts to write about technology!

All of today’s prompts come from my book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

Technology has become so ingrained in modern, civilized culture that sometimes we don’t even notice it. When was the last time you marveled at a train, a toaster, or a television? Most of us aren’t even fazed by the marvel of mobile phones anymore. The shine of new technology wears off fast.

There are those who believe technology is bad for society. There’s over-reliance on gadgets, attention spans are shrinking, kids don’t play outside anymore…the list of complaints about the negative impact of technology goes on and on. Read More

Thought-Provoking Creative Writing Prompts

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Creative writing prompts designed to make you think!

Today’s post includes prompts from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

Writing is a tool we can use to express ourselves or share our ideas. But it can also be used to help us think.

Writing forces us to articulate our thoughts and ideas, which in turn forces us to scrutinize our thinking. Tackling complex issues and dynamic questions with writing is an excellent way to sharpen our critical thinking skills, clarify our thought processes, and challenge our views.

Today’s creative writing prompts are designed to provoke deeper thinking. Are you willing to take up the challenge? Read More

Creative Writing Prompts for Writers

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Creative writing prompts for writers.

Today’s prompts come from my book, 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

We writers are full of ideas for stories, poems, essays, scripts, and other types of creative writing projects. We’re often so busy focusing on our output that we don’t take enough time for self-reflection.

It’s a good idea to pause every once in a while and think about who we are, what we do, why we do it, and how we’re getting it done. Read More

Socially Conscious Creative Writing Prompts

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Creative writing prompts for the socially conscious.

Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

Civilization. Society. Culture.

We live in a complex world fraught with struggles.

Most of us are so busy worrying about our own personal problems that we have little time to think about problems that plague our communities, countries, and the planet.

Yet many of us want to be good citizens and stewards. We want to do our part to make the world a little better, or perhaps a lot better. Read More

15 Tasty Creative Writing Prompts

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Creative writing prompts that are good enough to eat.

Today’s post features a selection of prompts from 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!

We all want our writing to be compelling, even mesmerizing. One effective way to captivate readers is to engage their senses.

When you trigger a reader’s sense of sight, smell, sound, touch, or taste, you illicit a physiological response to your writing, and the reader will connect with it on a deeper, sensory level.

Food is a fantastic way to stimulate readers’ senses, because food has the rare ability to affect any or all of the senses. We see food, smell it, touch it, and taste it. We even hear it. Just think about french fries sizzling in a greasy skillet. Mmm.

Writing about food or incorporating food into our writing are ideal ways to engage readers’ senses. That’s why today’s creative writing prompts focus on food, drink, and delectable treats.




Creative Writing Prompts — Good Enough to Eat

Choose one of the creative writing prompts below and write a story, a poem, an essay, or a journal entry. Try to convey each of the five senses in whatever you write (sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch).

  1. Write about a banana split: three scoops of ice cream with banana halves on either side and a big mound of whipped cream on top laced with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with chopped nuts—all topped off with a plump red cherry.
  2. After a light but satisfying meal, you order dessert. It’s rich, sweet, and freshly baked. You bite into it and your taste buds explode with delight.
  3. Write about the smell of cheesy, doughy, saucy, spicy pizza baking in the oven.
  4. You dip your chip into a bowl of salsa, and when you take a bite, your mouth goes up in red-hot flames.
  5. Write about the fizzing sound of cola being poured into a glass full of ice cubes.
  6. You’re feeling under the weather, so you put the teapot on. Soon it starts to scream.
  7. Write about the taste of medicine: cherry-flavored cough syrup.
  8. Describe a grand feast: the spread of a holiday meal.
  9. Write about waking up to the smell of hot, freshly brewed coffee.
  10. It’s Halloween and you’re bobbing for apples. You stick your face in the cool water, chomp around searching for purchase, and feel the apples bumping against your face and floating away from you. Then you get a ripe little apple lodged firmly between your teeth.
  11. Write about the sound in your head when you munch on crispy chips or crunchy crackers.
  12. You’re digging your fingers through a box of hot, buttered, salted popcorn in a dark movie theater.
  13. Write about the squishy sensation of kneading dough between your fingers and the smooth texture of it when you pat it and roll it out.
  14. There’s a big bowl of chilled, fresh summer fruit in the fridge. It’s colorful, juicy, and sweet.
  15. You’re driving through town with your windows down, and you pass that intersection where you can smell all the fast food restaurants.

Did you find these creative writing prompts helpful or challenging? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment. And keep writing!

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Creative Writing Prompts from Far-Off Places

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Creative writing prompts for travelers and adventurers.

Travel and adventure are the themes behind some of the greatest poems ever written and best stories ever told.

Blockbuster movies like the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, TV shows like Lost and Game of Thrones, and books such as Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, Peter Pan, or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn all use adventure as a premise for telling a riveting tale.

Today’s creative writing prompts are designed to get you out of the house and away to a far-off place. You can go anywhere you want. Some of these places are fantastical while others can be found on any map. Read More