15 Tasty Creative Writing Prompts
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 great 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 is an ideal way to engage readers’ senses. That’s why today’s creative writing prompts focus on food, drink, and delectable treats.
Taste These Creative Writing Prompts
Each of the creative writing prompts below presents a specific sensory stimuli, telling you which sense is being engaged (sight, smell, sound, touch, or taste) and which food or drink is involved. Your job is to choose a prompt and build a scene around it, write a poem about it, or compose a short essay that includes it. You can write anything you want, but the goal is to get the prompt in there.
You don’t have to use the writing prompt verbatim in your piece of writing. Feel free to reword the prompt in any way you see fit. You’ll see that some prompts include a lot of detail while others just provide basic information. The details are available with some prompts to give you ideas. They are absent from others to challenge you. Choose accordingly.
Bonus Challenge: Each prompt engages one sense. Try to expand that to include other senses as well. Earlier, I mentioned the sound of french fries sizzling in a skillet. How do they look, taste, and smell? If you touch them, how do they feel? (Hot, I bet!).
- Sight – a banana split: three scoops of ice cream with split banana 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.
- Smell – pizza: cheesy, doughy, saucy, spicy pizza baking in the oven.
- Sound – fizz: cola being poured into a glass full of ice cubes.
- Touch – greasy fingers: digging your fingers through a box of hot, buttered and salted popcorn in a dark movie theater.
- Taste - medicine: cherry-flavored cough syrup.
- Sight – feast: the spread of a holiday feast (think Thanksgiving). Are your eyes bigger than your stomach?
- Smell – coffee: waking up to the smell of hot, freshly brewing coffee.
- Sound – crunch: the sound in your head when you munch on crispy chips or crackers.
- Touch – dough: the squish of kneading dough between your fingers, the smooth texture of it when you pat it and roll it out.
- Taste – hot/spicy: you dip your chip into a bowl of salsa and when you take a bite, your mouth goes up in red-hot, spicy flames.
- Sight – fruit: it’s a hot day. You open the fridge and there’s a big bowl of chilled, fresh, summer fruit–colorful, juicy, and sweet.
- Smell – fast food: you’re driving through town with your windows down and pass that intersection where you can smell all the fast food restaurants.
- Sound – whistle: you’re not feeling so hot, so you put the teapot on. Soon, it starts to scream…
- Touch – water/apple/teeth: 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 bobbing against your face, floating away from you. Then, you get a ripe little apple lodged firmly between your teeth.
- Taste – sweets: after a light but satisfying meal, you order your dessert. It’s rich, sweet, and freshly baked. You bite into it and your taste buds explode with delight.
Did you find these creative writing prompts helpful or challenging? Share your thoughts or show us an excerpt from the piece you wrote by leaving a comment. And keep writing!