Movie-Inspired Writing Prompts

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Writing prompts inspired by the movies.

There’s nothing quite like sitting with a room full of strangers in a darkened movie theater. The air is filled with the smell of hot, buttered popcorn. Feet shuffle, chairs creak, and you can hear ice rattling around in plastic cups. The movie’s about to start.

Even though we have unlimited access to movies from the comfort of our homes, theaters are still going strong, and for good reason. Seeing a movie in a theater is an experience.

Films have impassioned and inspired countless writers to craft poems, compose stories and songs, and write articles, essays, and even blogs. Today, let’s find out how the movies can inspire your writing.

Writing Prompts

You can use these writing prompts to write anything you want. Change them up or switch them around. Use one or use them all. Just have fun.


  • It’s your all-time favorite movie. You know the one. You’ve seen it a million times and you can recite the dialogue by heart. You stop to watch it whenever it’s on, and just thinking about it makes you want to go watch it again right now. Now, imagine you are your favorite character in that movie.
  • Indiana Jones carried a whip. Luke Skywalker had a lightsaber. Robin Hood–he had a crossbow. In your adventure story, what is the weapon of choice? How is it used? Who possesses these weapons?
  • It all started in an old, abandoned movie theater…
  • What if every moment of your life was on film, as seen from your own eyes? What if the camera’s perspective was pointed at you at all times?
  • Some of the greatest books have been brought to life by filmmakers. But they say the book is always better than the movie. Is that true? Are there exceptions? Write about adaptations.

Choose the writing prompts that speak to you the most. Once you’re done, come back and tell us how these prompts worked for you.

Do you ever use writing prompts for your writing sessions? Have you found them helpful? Got any writing prompts of your own to share? Leave a comment!

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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.

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4 Responses to “Movie-Inspired Writing Prompts”

  1. For prompting, I like to hitch a ride on one of my favorite novels, say “Catch-22″, soak up some of Heller’s madcap phrasing, then launch into my new novel. My motto is: when you steal, steal from the very best.

  2. Charlie Rignall says:

    The movies I can remember are all black and white – that is, shades of grey. And they have a very high ratio of acting to explosions. Casablanca, Third Man, Mockingbird, Citizen Kane. They’re more validation than prompting.

    • Hi Charles! Two black and white movies I loved: Casablanca and Citizen Kane. I never saw To Kill a Mockingbird but it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. I’ve never heard of Third Man.