25 Creative Writing Prompts

creative writing prompts

25 creative writing prompts to inspire and motivate you.

Don’t you just hate writer’s block? Some say it’s a disease that only creative workers succumb to. Some say it’s a curse. Others argue that it doesn’t exist at all. But just about everyone has been there–sitting in front of a blank screen, fingers itching to create a masterpiece. And nothing happens.

For me, the most bizarre thing about writer’s block is that it strikes randomly. Most of the time, I’m overwhelmed with more ideas than I can possibly write about. But then I’ll sit down to write and my mind goes blank. Sure, I flip through my notebooks and review all the ideas I’ve stockpiled, but nothing feels right. I want something fresh. I need a new angle.

Luckily, I have several books and other writing resources that are packed with writing exercises and creative writing prompts. Sometimes, all it takes are a few words to get me started, and then I’m off, writing into the sunset.

Creative Writing Prompts


Today I’d like to share a mash-up of creative writing prompts. There are no rules. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write an essay. Aim for a hundred words or aim for a hundred thousand. Just start writing, and have fun.

  1. You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
  2. Write about something ugly — war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  3. The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
  4. A kid comes out of the school bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband.
  5. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  6. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  7. Write a poem about a first romantic (dare I say: sexual) experience or encounter.
  8. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
  9. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
  10. The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
  11. There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
  12. There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician…
  13. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
  14. Write about nature. Include the following words: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard.
  15. The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
  16. The nation is controlled by…
  17. You walk into your house and it’s completely different — furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
  18. Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
  19. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  20. I believe that animals exist to…
  21. A twinkling eye can mean many things. Start with a twinkle in someone’s eye and see where it takes you.
  22. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?
  23. Write about your body.
  24. Have you ever been just about to drift off to sleep only to be roused because you spontaneously remembered an embarrassing moment from your past?
  25. Get a package of one of your favorite canned or boxed foods and look at the ingredients. Use every ingredient in your next piece of writing.

Now It’s Your Turn

If none of these creative writing prompts inspired you, don’t despair. Come up with some prompts of your own, and then share them in the comments.

Keep writing!

Creative Writing Prompts

About Melissa Donovan
Melissa Donovan is a website designer and copywriter. She writes fiction and poetry and is the founder and editor of Writing Forward, a blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas.

Comments

208 Responses to “25 Creative Writing Prompts”

  1. Lance says:

    Melissa,
    Wow, there’s something about this list that feels like a lightbulb went off! There are times when I feel stuck, like ideas aren’t there. And this list really shines what can be…limitless possibilities!

    26. If my life were a cartoon…
    27. Pick two crayons at random. What thoughts/feelings do two color stir up in you?

  2. Steve Davis says:

    Thanks for sharing these.

    If you have children, visualize one of them running the house for a day.

    Steve

  3. Ooh, great prompts! Thanks for sharing these!

  4. Jenny says:

    When I took my creative writing class in college the instructor gave us a really good one to use if we couldn’t think of what to write. She said to write the word Remember 3 times and that would prompt something. The entire class tried it and it worked and I have used it several times since then!

  5. Meredith says:

    I like to use the question “what would happen if …. ”

    What would happen if your husband retired and your kid left home and you’re getting older? -> ” Always Faithful”

    What would happen if a person moved back home to care for a relative after decades of living far away? -> “The Way Home”

    What would happen if a person who has been divorced and alone for a long time suddenly met the most perfect mate imaginable … but it turns out the person may not be what she appears to be? -> “Baiting and Fishing”

    In a way, I think “What Would Happen If…” is my novelist version of my favorite childhood game, “Let’s pretend that…..”

    • Meredith, “What if” is the best creative writing prompt ever! You can apply it to just about any situation. Just look at any movie, book, or even real life and start asking “What if things happened a little differently?” or “What if this person made a different decision?” Asking these questions can take your writing in all kinds of new and interesting directions! It’s great fun.

  6. Marelisa says:

    I love these. Here’s one:

    “She was drifting off to sleep when there was a sharp knock at the door . . . “

  7. Melanie says:

    Fabulous list. I’ve been brainstorming all morning with no luck, and so I came online and VOILA, here you are. Loved the list, especially 22.

    I’ve created several interesting works using my personal favourite “things to do on a rainy day”. I usually write from the perspective of a child, but rarely myself as a child. This one just opens up so many possibilities for make beleive!

    • Thanks Melanie! Glad this list helped you in a time of need. My favorite “things to do on a rainy day” story is The Cat in the Hat. Of course, it’s a “day when mom’s away” rather than a “rainy day,” but it’s pretty much the same idea. Keep writing!

  8. Josh says:

    these are very great… i got this one off of True Jackson VP.. spin around and the first thing you see will give you an idea..

    i just did this and i saw flowers…

    i’m writing about “you are walking through a field with your best friend.. you spot a flower and pick it up.. it gives you super powers…

  9. catherine says:

    ooh those are cool… how about:
    He cradled her, taking in all of her burdens as he swept her hair back from her face and stroked her cheek in a gentle calming motion.

    I do creative writing as an A level so it would be cool to know if this starter is ok! ty xoxo

    • Catherine, I think that’s a great starter line, especially for a romantic story or poem! My only suggestion would be the part “gentle calming motion.” There might be one too many adjectives there. If you keep both adjectives, be sure to add a comma after the first one: “gentle, calming motion.” Nice job!

  10. Wendi says:

    A young man attempts to pull a robbery of some kind on an older man. Things go drastically wrong for the young man. Either viewpoint!

  11. Buttercup Smith says:

    Heres a gorgeous one!
    Write a story in the POV of a flower being given from person 2 person.

  12. Katie says:

    Wow! These are great, thanks for putting these up. I’m 12 and I really want to be a novelist when I grow up. One of my favourites is: the empty glass.
    It’s a bit over-used but I think that it’s so versatile, it doesn’t matter if it’s popular because you can take it in so many different directions!

  13. Kristi says:

    I’m 16 and i wrote a great alternate ending for an assignment in english, and i wrote a short christmas story on christmas eve, but now i just don’t know what to write about. i have ideas and i have been reading prompts that are good but i just don’t know.

    • Kristi, give the prompts a try. There are also lots of writing exercises that you can use to spark writing sessions when you’re feeling uninspired. The trick is to write something (anything) rather than sit around waiting for something to write about.

  14. Annie says:

    Hi! I am 14 and just wanted to do some creative writing, but could not think of anything to write about. Thank you so much for the ideas! I will definitely be using some.

    • You’re so welcome! Good luck with your writing :)

      • dI says:

        Hi,

        I’m 14 and writing is my whole life. I recently started a blog with my friend, but she’s not a writer. She just inspires me with ideas and stuff. I love your site, Melissa. I check it almost every day. Your prompts and tips are so completely helpful! Thanks so much!

        • Thank you! I appreciate your kind words :)

        • Emily Mead says:

          I’m fourteen, too, and writing is hard to juggle with school and everything else that’s going on. I know – such a teenager-y thing to say…but true nonetheless. I just wanted to say thank you for posting these prompts because they make for quick, satisfying writing that doesn’t end in frustration (at least, mostly). Thanks again!

        • Writing is hard to juggle at any age. It takes a lot of perseverance, but if you stick with it, you’ll succeed. Good luck to you, and keep on writing!

        • RayeAnne says:

          Im also fourteen and i love to write! i have won a national competition 2 years in a row and i never dreamed i would have won or anything but that just goes to show that youre never too young to write! Just keep believing in yourself and who knows where you might go!

  15. Andrea says:

    Write a story from the perspective of a sock being separated from its twin in the laundry.

  16. salman hanif says:

    a person went to the football stadium and was wearing manu shirt and came out with a barcalona shirt.why???

  17. Lovarsnari says:

    I love these!! :D
    Here are a few I made:
    *Make up your own recipes for your favorite foods
    *Create your own list of idioms
    *Write stories of idioms literally happening
    *Write about something blue
    *What’s your idea of a perfect vacation?
    *List what you fear. pick a few and write how they came, why, and when you got the fear first
    *What would you say to an univited guest at your party
    *Draw a picture of the setting around you. Now look into your inner being. What do you truly feel?
    *Write from the point of view of a stack of paper waiting a few inches from the shredder
    *Her laugh broke the silence…

  18. Lovarsnari says:

    By the way, I’m 11, love writing, and hope to publish fiction teen/children books one day

  19. Me says:

    Well when i get stuck I like to think: What would I do if I were to die in a week? Once I picked everything and it turned quite an interesting story…

  20. Bree Deppe says:

    For some reason 19 simply inspired me! I thought about the Movie ” My sister’s keeper” amd decided to write a story like that. (: I love how sometimes you rnadomly get inspired by the simpliest of things

  21. Violet says:

    Hey I’m 14 years old and I love writing but I get writers block often and this really helped me. I love reading the ideas and other people’s ideas they are just very interesting. Number 19 seemed the most interesting to me and I’m almost done with my story. :) thanks so much

    • Thanks Violet. I often find that prompts and exercises can be used in different ways. You don’t always have to do the actual exercise. Sometimes, just reading through a book of exercises will generate ideas for a project I’m working on or help me understand a writing concept in a new way. Good luck with your story :)

  22. Bee says:

    Hi Melissa :)
    Last year i won junior writer of the year ( I’m 13) and I am entering this year as well and in the process of creating my first draft. I love your site and its wonderful, all-inclusive feel.
    So, here are my ideas for your list.

    26. Post-War oppression & depression ( this was my winning topic last year – i wrote it from the perspective of a scarred war veterans’ emotionally abused child)
    I also commend you in your point concerning finding hope and light in darkness ( war, death, etc.) and i am going to write about that! Possibly with an Amish girl as the protagonist? thank you again for inspiring me. I also hope to be a great writer some day.
    Bee

  23. crayonbillsbhb says:

    POV of a toy sitting on a shelf in a toy store, hoping to be purchased.

  24. Nick Danger says:

    My contribution:

    “When I look in the mirror, I don’t see what everyone else sees. What I see is…”

  25. Jessy says:

    My college English teacher gave my class this prompt. First Line: John closed his eyes. Last Line: It was a good day for the yellow crocuses. Anything in between. I easily made five pages with that prompt. Have fun guys.

  26. Jalen Kinmon says:

    Im a 17 year old living in the most secluded area of Kentucky, unfortunately. lol My dream is to pursue a career in filmmaking, my goal is to help people who are confused or unsure about life and what they want to do with their oppourtunity of life. I want people to think and find happiness in their lives by doing something they love. My idea of doing this came from being in a depressed state from the past few years as a teen and felt strong enough to overcome it without professional help which is progressing for the good. I found setting goals is a great strategy to stay focused and optimistic about life. I appreciate your time for reading this and if there is any advice you could influence me with id appreciate that as well. Thanks

    • It’s wonderful that you have set your sights on a clear career path at such a young age. Filmmaking is awesome! I sometimes wish I had taken up an interest in film or photography. The best advice I can offer is to never give up, stay focused, and pursue your goals with heart and soul. I would also advise studying film at college, if you can. The film industry is notoriously networked and you’ll benefit greatly by making friends and acquaintances who share your interest. Best of luck to you!

      • Jalen Kinmon says:

        Thanks for taking the time to reply, it’s very much appreciated and yes im going to film school out in LA next year.

  27. McKie says:

    Hi! I am 13 and have been writing since I was 7 or younger, and I am in love with writing. I am a very dedicated author and I have finished books in the past (about 11 or 12) but now I can’t seem to get into any longer stories! I write more short stories now, but it’s not satisfying anymore…and then, when I come up with a new idea, it’s useless, and my brain gets all cluttered! Help!

  28. Emily says:

    Hello :)
    I am 17 and doing my HSC this year. I am attempting (unsuccessfully) to write a creative writing piece as practice for my exams, and thank you so much for these, they’re really helpful :)
    I am not a writer (and never will be), but these have given me some great ideas that I can hopefully use to increase my writing skills for my exams.
    So thank you very much :)

  29. Nicole says:

    I’ve found that this list, and peoples comments/ideas have been quite inspiring.
    I’m 21 and haven’t been in school for a few years and I have that desire to write, but never knew how to get started. I thank you all for these wonderful ideas and I’m hoping that writing will be a good outlet for me and my struggle with depression.

    So really I’m just thanking you all :)

  30. Summer says:

    These are great!!!!
    My favourite starter would definetly have to be:
    “Sometimes a girl just has to run. Sometimes our feet take over. This was one of those times”

    I think it holds a lot of suspense but it could also be happy and bright, like a sports day or carnival.
    Thanks for adding these, I am going to try to write a story for each one.

  31. Yarrow Stronski says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for these prompts. I especially like number two, because I feel like a little bit of positive thinking can go a long way. :)

    I have a question, too, if you don’t mind.

    What is your opinion on fanfictions? I know some creative writers don’t like them and feel they corrupt a series, while others think it’s a great creative exercise.

    Thanks so much!

    Yarrow

    • I think fan fiction is a great way for young and new writers to explore the craft. Some copyright holders are extremely strict about allowing fan fiction to be published. Others will actually develop and publish collections of fan fiction. There are also franchises in which fan fiction is encouraged. One of my all-time favorite writers, TV and film writer Damon Lindelof, said in a recent interview that he started out writing fan fiction. Now, he’s writing for Ridley Scott and working on the Star Trek films as a fan-fic professional! It’s definitely an avenue worth pursuing if it interests you.

  32. Art says:

    I’m fifteen and I want to write a book before the end of highschool. The problem is I can’t finish what I’ve started. I always find a “better” idea and write about that and the cycle begins again. Please help me!!!

    • The only way to finish what you’ve started is to simply finish it. When “better” ideas present themselves, make a note and file those ideas away for a future project. Part of being a writer involves developing self-discipline. I recommend setting up a reward system. For example, you have to work on the novel for 20 minutes before you can call or text your friends after school. Or you have to finish a scene before you go out to see a movie. These are self-imposed rewards, so you have to discipline yourself. Nobody else can do it for you.

      You might also look into participating in NaNoWriMo. The timing is great because it starts in just a few weeks. That means you’ll have some time to prepare and check it out. Then, you can write your novel in November, leaving plenty of time afterwards for you to clean it up (edit, proof, polish).

      Finally, if you’re truly committed to writing, start looking at schools with good creative writing programs and plan to study at college. University instructors are quite helpful in teaching students self-discipline and good writing habits and practices.

      Best of luck to you, Art!

  33. Alyssa says:

    Hi! Your prompts and the comments have really helped me! I can’t wait to start some stories from them:)
    Here are a couple that I’ve come up with:
    The Bell sounded. Workers froze in their places…
    Kay frowned as she opened her school locker after school. Down the hall, Alexis and Christine exchanged grins…

  34. Ashlee says:

    These are fantastic! I’m also 21 and have been out of school for awhile. I used to write all the time when I was in school but not so much these days. These ideas are really going to help once I get started writing again. I’m attempting to set a goal for myself. An hour a day, just writing whatever I want. Just to get me back in the habit.

    Thank you so much!!!

    One prompt my creative writing teacher in high school gave the class was “It was a smile that darkness could kill…”

  35. Melanie Jones says:

    Obviously it is now 2011 haha, but these are great!! I have wanted to write a novel for quite some time but I can’t seem to get the creative juices flowing. So I set out on a quest across the World Wide Web and I am finding some amazing ideas!! Thank you so much for this website I look forward to writing now instead of despairing of that dreaded cursor blinking me to oblivion!!

  36. Emily says:

    I’ve just been inspired to start a personal blog full of my own creative writing, with the assistance of some of these wonderful writing prompts (both yours, and the ones left in the comment section). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  37. Christi says:

    Hi, I’m 17. I started creative writing when I was about 10 or 11. I found myself writing more and more when I was troubled a few years back, so it was good stress relief for me. But now that I’m busy with college, I realize that I haven’t been writing as much as I used to. I reread some of my old work and I thought “Hey, why not? I’ll give it a try for old times’ sake.”

    I was a bit confused with where to start off, but these prompts really got my creative juices flowing. After I post this comment, I think I’ll try one or two of them and see how far it takes me. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

    • I’m so glad that these prompts inspired you, Christi. I think many writers go through phases when they drift away from the craft, but when you’re called back to it, that may be a sign. Follow it and keep writing!

  38. Alli says:

    In my junior year of high school, we were given a creative writing assignment to expand on this sentence:

    “A person walked into the room, looked around, sat down, and ate.”

    • That’s a great prompt. It would certainly be interesting to see what a whole classroom of people come up with. I imagine each piece of writing would be quite different from the others even though they are all based on the same premise. Thanks for sharing it, Alli.

  39. Desmond says:

    Here’s a prompt! Prop open the door. I can actually see my breathe tonight. But that doesnt mean im breathing.

  40. Samantha says:

    These writing ideas helped a lot thank you. I really want to go to a creative writing school when I get older. One idea which I just came up with is
    Write from the perspective of your fish.( does each fish have there own personality, how does each fish react to the different members of the house, what is it like to be a fish) :P I hope you like I write often mostly stories with a more poetic base, but once in a while i will feel in the mood to write some thing different. Oh also try continuing after this sentence. Its eyes gleamed pitch black death, creeping into imaginary, azure skies. now continue it :3

  41. Hannah says:

    For school, I have to enter a creative writing competition. I have two days and i was really panicking but then i found this website! It really helped! Thankyou Writing Forward!!

  42. KJS says:

    Lately I’ve been trying to write a lot like Sarah Dessen! Were doing stories in class and I’m doin one about a girl who runs away, it starts out “I’m on the run! I don’t know where I’m going or where I’ll end up, but I’m not turning back!” :) Do you like it?

  43. Maria says:

    Thank you so much!!!! This got me over my terrible case of writer’s block. But now my muse is back!

  44. Julz says:

    I just want to say that this list of prompts has inspired me to take on a challenge of using one every day up until xmas on my blog… or at least until the end of the month!

    Thanks for the great list :)

  45. katie says:

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I think a fun way to mix these up even more would be to choose one of these, then draw the name of an author out of a hat, then write that prompt in the style of that author. That would really stretch your creativity.

  46. Cass says:

    Hi,

    I have found these prompts really helpful for the English lessons that I teach.

    Many thanks.

  47. sumaira jehanzeb says:

    i have learnt English as a second language…writing is my passion…this page is REALLY inspiring!thanks for evoking our creative faculties… i want to suggest some topics and the list goes as:
    1The beast in me
    2Daily journal of a pair of shoes which is in the process of its making
    3What the world be if gender roles get changed
    4What if i were in the shoes of my English teacher
    5How things at the high school are going to be if the concept of beauty gets altered altogether
    6It is said that writing is all about pouring your mind on a piece of paper but what it your pen literally starts articulating your thoughts and you end up writing EVERRRRYTHING(What consequences are you going to face)

  48. Rochelle says:

    I haven’t tried the prompts yet but I have always wanted to be a writer since I was eight years old. However ever since graduating and entering the real world I find my muse being choked to death by the responsibility at home. I’ve had to give up my dream of writing for the past two years. I tried taking it up again and was drawing a huge blank, but just by reading a few of these prompts I’ve felt my muse start to breathe. Thank you!

    • Hi Rochelle, I remember graduating and entering the real world, and I had a similar experience. All of a sudden I just didn’t have the time or inspiration. It took a while, but I adjusted and my creativity returned :) I’m so glad you found these prompts helpful!

  49. Yazzy says:

    I found like 5 great writing prompts thank u so much

  50. ashlyn says:

    you thought dragoons unicorns and monsters didnt exist? think again! write story of your pet unicorn

  51. particia says:

    Thank you for these, I am a writer waiting to hear if a publisher is going to publish my novel. Waiting is so hard and my mind has gone blank. These help to stir the jucies again. I’m hand writing them in a note book and taking them with me when I’m out, to write on the go. When I have to wait for a kid to get to the car I can write and not have to figure out how to start a story. So thank you. so much.

  52. Anna says:

    thanks sooo much! those were super helfull! you have the most helpfull website ive found! and i’m a picky writer! THANKYOU!!!

  53. Ebony says:

    here are some more ideas:
    you inherit 1 million dollars
    your backpack grows wings on the way to school
    a zombie invasion stikes your small/big town
    a kidnapper captures you
    … hope these help :)

  54. Molly Sue says:

    Hey! These prompts really helped and I can’t wait to use some :) I have started with the one about twinklling eyes and turned it into a story about creatures similar to werewolves XD

  55. Maluly says:

    My English teacher says she doesn’t believe in writer’s block. I on the other hand am not so sure. Sometimes I sit in the afternoon and stare out the window, unable to come up with anything good but I find that ideas flow like crazy at two in the morning with a cup of coffee in my left hand. That’s always my best remedy, though writing prompts like these always help me get going. Thanks for sharing :)

    Some prompts:

    10 things I hate about…
    What’s the recipe for those wonderful _______ muffins you baked last night? (Try filling that blank with ‘unicorn’.)

    • I believe in writer’s block, but I think that it’s presented as being unable to write whereas usually it’s just a case of needing to work a little harder at writing. Sometimes, we need to stop procrastinating, stop trying to force our ideas, or we just need to allow ourselves to write badly for a while. I believe there are ideas everywhere; the trick is to keep ourselves open to them and be willing to explore them. Having said all that, writer’s block still sucks. I’m like you, Maluly, the ideas flow like crazy at two in the morning (no coffee required!).

      • B. says:

        i dont believe in writiers block.. i think its more like an exuse to hide what we really want to write or say. Like sometimes peoploe wonder if it will be good enough so they put it off or they dont want people who read it to know something.. its all about the way you look at it i guess. Write what you feel. Write whatever you want. I love writing but i find myself wondering will this be good enough? What would someone think if they read it? Maybe thats just me. no self esteem… but, low selfesteem is what keeps creativity hidden…. my advice.. to everyone is to just go for it. if its not good try again you’ll get better(:

  56. CJM says:

    Thanks for these! I definitely believe in writer’s block!! In fact, I am just emerging from what I like to call writer’s ‘droubt’, since it lasted at least a year. But I don’t think you need to be blocked to use prompts. They are great exercises and get you to try new ways of writing. And sometimes, when I get burned out with the story I’m currently writing, it helps to focus on something completely different for a while, and you can come back to it with fresh eyes. Here are some prompts that I came up with and they helped me out:
    1) ‘It all started with the cat…’
    2) ‘Have you ever seen something out of the corner of your eye, but when you turned to look, found nothing there? You dismiss it as an illusion, a trick of the light. You’re wrong…’
    3) Write something from the perspective of a ghost.
    4) Write something using the five senses EXCEPT sight (hearing, smell, touch, taste)
    5) Instead of using first or third person, write with second person point-of-view (in other words, use ‘you’ instead of ‘he/she’ or ‘I’. Or try writing in present or even future tense, instead of past tense.

  57. Lily Duval says:

    Here’s one for those of you who have pets
    What do your pets do when you and other inhabitants of your house are not at home?

  58. Arieda says:

    Thank you SO much for these exciting writing prompts! They really inspire me.
    I have one idea for a prompt: Write about a conversation that you would have if were stuck in an elevator with a celebrity or famous book character.

    • You’re welcome, Arieda. I love your elevator prompt! You could also do it with characters from your novel as a test to see how each would behave in an elevator with a celebrity. That could tell you a lot about your characters. Good one!

      • Hannah says:

        Lovely ideas, both of these! Arieda, that prompt gave me a short story idea, one that I’m pretty excited about, and I’m definitely going to have to do that with all my characters now, Melissa. :)
        I thought up another twist on this prompt that intrigues me:
        Your characters get stuck in an elevator with you, their author. How do they react when they discover who you are and that you control their destinies? What sort of conversations would you have? Would you like interacting with your character? Would your character like you?

  59. alexis says:

    Thank you so much for these, I’m trying to write a book…and I’ve been at a stand still lately, so this will help me more than ever.

  60. Julia says:

    Hi Ms. Donovan!
    thank you so much for the writing prompts! i’ve been using them for all my english creative writing assignments. it’s been my dream to be a writer since i was little. although i find it hard to write mysteries. ironically it’s my favorite genre to read though. any advice on how to get started on a good mystery?

    • I myself haven’t written mysteries, although I have read a few. My suggestion would be to read as many mysteries as you can, and watch mystery films and television shows, so you thoroughly know your genre (you should still read other stuff too!). Study the greats and ideas will come to you!

  61. Erinn says:

    thank you for the writing prompts=)
    do you have any tips for writing poetry about nature?
    i suck at poems but i have to write one for school about nature
    since earth day just passed and all.
    i’d appreciate it very much! ;D

  62. Patty says:

    Wow i have writers block i have my charecter but i dont know what the problem is……
    help any good title ideas?

    • When I’m stuck and can’t come up with a character or a title, I just skip it. The important thing is to keep writing. You can always come back later and add names and titles. Here’s how I do it:

      GIRL said that there was no way out but OLD LADY knew otherwise…

      I use all caps for characters who don’t have names yet. Many writers use a “working title” as they are developing their project. A working title can be anything. It’s just temporary.

      You’ll find that as you work on your project (and if you work around these little setbacks), ideas will come to you. Good luck!

  63. Jeff says:

    Awesome post:) Thanks so much, really helped! have a great day! Peace-Jeff

  64. Melody says:

    A prompt could be : She started to fall over and _________( fill in the blank) picked her up.

    or : The alien gaze stared from above the fence , and I blushed in embarrassment.

    100 words about your favorite animal

    a short story about a difficult topic like : war , famine , bullying .etc

    a poem about the weather

  65. Shannon says:

    Your prompts are definitely creative and helpful, but what I’m most impressed with is how you respond so positively and encouragingly to everyone who replied to this. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of encouragement or approval from even a complete stranger to shift a young writers thought from maybe being able to do something to just doing it. I haven’t written in months, and are still my having any real luck, but I know I will write again someday, and I just thought it should be mentioned that you are a good person for encouraging others to do what they love. Best of luck to you…

    • Thank you so much, Shannon. Your words mean a lot to me. I try to be an advocate for writers and encourage young and new writers to explore their ideas and find their voices. I believe the world would be a better place if we all followed our passions and, more importantly, encouraged others to do so as well :)

  66. Conner R. says:

    “Conundrum”

    The little girl cries with a lie on her lips
    The girl can’t remember her name
    The little boy’s laugh rings with hollow self-doubt
    The little girl feels just the same
    A little dog lost in the thick of the woods
    A little man sick with dismay
    A little boy born in the arms of the girl
    A little life born from a day
    A little death born from an ignorant choice
    A little boy crying away
    And a little God laughs at the sight of it all
    For this little herd has not a say

  67. Melanie says:

    1. It was a dark stormy night. . .
    2. Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a young princess who longed for a true love. . .
    3. My father never understood me. . .not one bit.
    4. I keep having this dream, it doesn’t go away.
    5. After 13 years of hard work, they laid me off from my job.

  68. Dido Lawrence says:

    It’s the first time that i’m gonna be doing an inter-school creative writing competition, and i found these prompts really helpful! Thanks a billion!

  69. Jenny Hutcherson says:

    Really like the prompts! It was really helpful! My brother and I are always gonna use this website! I <3 it!

  70. Afshin says:

    Thanks Melissa for the writing prompts. I asked my students to develop their writing skill through these useful prompts.
    By the way, I have published my first fiction ‘Faith No More’. I’d be extremely glad if you could manage to read any of it and provide me with feedback.

  71. Caitlyn says:

    i have been major struggling with writing my second book and when i found these i just opened up my mind more and i decided not to write a second book it was just fine without one and now i can be on a whole other spectrum thanks so much these has inspired me a lot i put a few of em together to get ideas :) well done :) highly appreciated

  72. Mack Jordan says:

    I just got a typewriter at a great market the other day so I came looking for something to help me have fun and get inspired while I was using it. Thanks for the help! I ended up writing a thing about an embarrassing moment that helped me learn how to not sweat it when embarrassing moments happen. This particular one had to do with toilet paper… haha. Cheers!

  73. Susanna says:

    I’ve been really into playwriting lately, but I’ve been stuck with writers block for the longest time. A couple of these prompts really caught my attention and I’ve already got so many new ideas, I don’t know where to begin! :)

  74. Cass says:

    I have had writers block for months now. This site has helped me so much!

  75. Luci says:

    My favorite way to start up a story is to listen to a song and think about the story of it. Sometimes I use the first part of the song as the first sentence of my story. I hope this helps.

  76. Taylor says:

    Hi thank you so much for these ideas i have chosen an idea and i have a perfect picture of my idea . Thank you again and as you will see on all of your comments you have helped a lot of children or adults from this website . Thank you !

  77. Mera Sampson says:

    Great prompts.

    I shared #9 with my page for a fun writing exercise about an hour ago. Great response! :)

  78. Liana C. says:

    Thanks for the prompts! Reading other people’s ideas always makes me feel more hopeful about initiating my own.
    I have struggled to put my thoughts down on paper for as long as I can remember- there just seems to be a disconnect between the disorganized chaos of possibilities in my head and that little spot where the ink meets the paper.
    BUT-
    I wanted to offer an idea that has often provided many interesting and fun possibilities to me-
    Think of a time of day ( 7 pm, the sun setting, the day cooling off, night creatures beginning to stir), or a month ( August, the air laden with heat and damp, everything deep and green and vibrant), and then try to think of all the qualities that accompany that period of time ( do most people seem happy then? is it a relaxing time? a tense time? does the weather make life easier or harder?). Once you’ve collected as many descriptions and feelings about this time as you can, then begin to build a world where it is ALWAYS that time- how do people’s lives change?
    :)

  79. roopy says:

    This is awesme. i like these. i like writing prompts, and this is a very helpful website

  80. tom says:

    omg wow, this helped me so much, thankyou so much!! i love my writing and this just helped me ten fold. xxx

  81. Janus says:

    I’ve been writing since i was eight, [approximately (obviously - i haven't been counting!)] but I started to loose it… flame was REIGNITED by my best friend. but despite the burning, I have never actually completed a story. It knaws at me all the time! I’m currently writing a revolutionary/Sci-fi, which is odd for me, I’m more into writing realist novels… but your prompts gave me such a PERFECT plot twist that I had to comment on it! this will give me motivation for at least a few weeks… (meanwhile dancing up and down with sheer joy and attracting VERY weird looks.)
    Though it IS kind of weird, because non of the prompts have anything to do with it…
    My, how strangely the mind works…

  82. Tierrney says:

    This website is a life saver. My brain just froze and I was trying to do a creative writing story, and my life and my school / collage life depended on it. Thanks to one of your prompts, it won my school a pride. Thanks a lot. :-) bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  83. maxxie says:

    thank you so much!!!! you don’t know how much that means to me. i used the most beautiful smile i ever saw and it turned out to be a hit!!! thanks soooooo much again and i hope to use these time and time again!!!

  84. Sarah says:

    wow great writing promts, ive already decided on the start of my story but I cant think of anything that can happen. I want something to happen.
    HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. Kathleen says:

    Wow!! I tried prompt number one just for fun one day, I have not exercised my creative mind in a long time, and I want to thank you for offering these prompts. I really surprised myself at the poem I wrote. It probably wouldnt go over to well with the grammar police because I used old english and standard english.. but the content just really surprised me. I was like, “where did that come from”? Thank you so much!!!!
    Blessings and Thanks to you for your website!

  86. kamra schultz says:

    thank you so much i found 3 ideas for a school project i am working on this is going to be one of my most big acomplishments!

  87. kristina bundhi booduz says:

    i love this website because it helped me get an A on my project!!! i am soo thankfull to WRITING FORWARD!!! thank you sooo much and i am sooo confident that i will be sure to use this website again….thanX a million luv WRIGHTING FORWARD~~kbb

  88. Writing comes from the mind and obviously the ideas comes from our real life….The story of mystery novels always comes from the fear we have in our minds and it can come from everything… I can remember the things…when I wrote my first poem ‘Rain’…it was raining in cats and dogs outside…..

  89. Shreya Jain says:

    I really like your ideas but I had some of my own that I think you could add to your list. You could add things like:

    You’re outside cutting your grass when you come across a large hole in the ground. You’ve never noticed the hole before, but it looks to be some sort of tunnel to another world. You decide to peek through and see where it leads, only it leads you to a pivotal moment in your past—and it’s giving you an opportunity to change it. Write this scene.

    A toy, stuffed animal, or game that once meant a lot to me

    Why I deserve a larger allowance

    The book that got me hooked on reading

    This really bugs me.

    One thing I want to do by the time I finish 8th grade

    I would like to have lived during this time in history.

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