Fiction Writing Exercises: 10 Prompts
Fiction writing exercises, and prompts in particular, are a great way to jump-start your creativity when you’re in the mood to do a little creative writing but need some fresh story ideas.
Fiction writing exercises and other creative writing prompts can inspire new writing projects by triggering your imagination. Sometimes, prompts and exercises help you come up with new ideas for projects you’re already working on and other times, they give you ideas for projects you haven’t started yet.
Here are some ways you can use these ten fiction writing exercises and prompts:
- Start the first sentence of your piece with one of the creative writing prompts and run with it.
- Write a story that includes one of these prompts somewhere in the text.
- Plan your story around a prompt but don’t include the actual prompt anywhere in the story.
- Use the prompt as your final sentence and build up to it.
- Alter any of the prompts to your liking and then use any of the suggestions above to write a story.
Bonus challenge: Write a story that includes each and every one of the ten prompts below. That would be quite a feat!
10 Prompts for Fiction Writing Exercises:
- She rolled over and felt her body push up against something hard.
- My wife disappeared on August 28, 1998.
- Sonny jumped up against the chain-link fence, wagging his tail furiously.
- Mom says it happens to all girls, but I think she’s just trying to make me feel normal.
- I’ve been to nine planets in twelve years and it’s starting to show.
- They say Old Weezie’s been reading palms out of her run-down shack for a hundred years or more.
- Acronyms give me a headache in general, but PBRT gives me a migraine.
- Ashley stared at the fruit, so lost in amazement that she didn’t think to comment on its size.
- Every day the sun comes up and every night it goes down again.
- When the elven guard put out a call to action, their plea went unheard and what followed was sheer terror.
If you decide to use any of these fiction writing exercises, feel free to post excerpts in the comments section and if you post a story on your blog, do come back and leave a link. Happy writing!
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