Writing Prompts


Writing Prompts are by far the most effective way to chop writer’s block and exercise your creativity. There isn’t a sensible writer out there who doesn’t see the value in a writing prompt.

This list will grow over time, but for now it should provide you a jump-start. Happy writing!

  1. You’re at the beach and decide to write a message in a bottle. What does it say? Who do you hope will find it?
  2. If you could traverse the barriers of space and time, what would be on your bucket list?
  3. Finish this sentence: “If I could fly I would . . .”
  4. Create a monster story equivalent of Godzilla and Tokyo.
  5. Imagine a world where it snows in the summertime.
  6. Visual Prompt:

    Photo by fauxto_digit/CC

  7. Would you trade your car to delete your biggest fear?
  8. Which of the Wizard of Oz characters would you rather be?
  9. Write your own fortunes for fortune cookies and hand them to five strangers.
  10. What would it be like if dinosaurs roamed the earth now? Would humans have evolved to co-exist with them?
  11. You bought a sailboat. Name it and chart a destination.
  12. What if you actually grew up to become what your childhood self wanted you to be?
  13. Imagine a new character for the Peanuts comic strip.
  14. If you could know absolutely everything about one person in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?
  15. Visual Prompt:
    Photo by Rosita Choque/CC

    Photo by Rosita Choque/CC

  16. If you could hear the voices of the trees, what would they say?
  17. Which of the five senses could you not live without?
  18. You’re delivered an aged, handwritten envelope with no return address, dated early 1900’s. Strangely enough, your name is on it. What does the letter say?
  19. Are you Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or a NEW Hogwarts house?
  20. Write a limerick about a drunk werewolf.
  21. Visual Prompt:Photo by Lolaa/CC
  22. What would you eat for your last meal if you could have anything at all?
  23. What is one thing the world could do without?
  24. Make a metaphor for your life thus far.
  25. If a stranger offered you a million dollars for no recompense, would you accept it?
  26. How would your life change if suddenly you had never had to pay another bill?
  27. What kind hero would you be? What superpower would you have?
  28. Create a flash story with the setting in a cemetery.
  29. What if the flushed goldfish lived?
  30. If the seasons were rearranged to this order—fall, summer, winter, spring—how would it affect humans?
  31. Visual Prompt:
    Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius/CC

    Photo by Jimmy Baikovicius/CC

  32. Name a song that makes you think of your first pet.
  33. What kind of buried treasure could you find in your backyard?
  34. What would you put in a time capsule to be opened in one-thousand years?
  35. Are your childhood fears the same as your adult fears?
  36. If you could grow any plant without fear of it dying, would it be and orchid, a bonsai tree, or a cactus?
  37. If you could only see one color, which would it be?
  38. What is one extinct animal you wish were still alive?
  39. If you could breath underwater, would you make a home in the ocean?
  40. What would it be like?
  41. If eternal life were a possibility but you couldn’t reverse your decision, would you choose to do it?
  42. Visual Prompt:
    Photo by gokulmyphoto /CC

    Photo by gokulmyphoto /CC

  43. Write a quote to explain the passage of time.
  44. How would laws differ if everyone had superpowers?
  45. If the world granted you access to it’s deepest secret, would you want to know it?
  46. Write a diary entry as though you were Christopher Columbus on his first voyage.
  47. What would you do if you were invisible for one day?
  48. If you could have any fictional character as a best friend, who would it be?
  49. What would you do if you’ve saved all your luck for one special moment?
  50. Imagine the life of a mouse in your house.
  51. Name something in your life you’d fix if only you had the right amount of courage.
  52. If you could be any animal for one day, what would you be?
  53. Visual Prompt:
    Photo by /CC

    Photo by Tim RT/CC

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