Do you ever get stuck for a starting point when you want to write? There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find the end on a roll of sellotape, and it’s exactly the same when you’re looking for the starting point of your latest piece of writing. Well worry not, for today I’m bringing you some prompts for creative writing that are guaranteed to get your writer’s brain firing on all cylinders.
In case you weren’t sure, prompts are used by many writers and creatives, especially when the ideas just aren’t coming through naturally. They can come in many forms, visual or written, but a good set of prompts are almost always a useful secret weapon to have in your writer’s toolkit. The prompts I’ll be sharing today are short ideas that are designed to get you thinking and set you off on a newly written adventure.
So if you’re in a writing mood today, feast your eyes on these creative writing prompts and please let me know if you’ve found any of them to be particularly helpful. You can check out my Pinterest board ‘Writing Prompts For Creative Inspiration’ for more ideas.
Simple writing prompts:
- You died in an accident but you’re still trapped on the mortal coil until you can find someone to help your spirit be free.
- One child inherits the power to cure all disease and you have to protect him.
- You’ve lived your life entirely blind, except for when you look into a mirror – what can you see through the glass?
- A runaway breaks into your house in the middle of the night, terrified. What does she want from you?
- You’re the leader of a tribe beginning an uprising against a vicious dictator. How are you going to raise an army?
- Falsley accused of a murder, you’re about to face execution. Is there time to save yourself?
- Invent a new month in the year and explain how it affects the world.
- An earthquake eradicates all technological systems and the world is plunged into darkness – how do you survive?
- You’re a cinema owner and every time a movie plays, the audience are turned into ghosts during the film.
- It’s winter every day where you live, and if you don’t find a way to generate warmth, a plague will erupt from the snow when it falls.
These are only a few very simple ideas to get you thinking about the short stories you could write today, but I’d love to hear any of yours too. Please let me know if you’ve had any inspiring thoughts based upon the prompts listed here or if you’ve got any other suggestions.
Even if these suggestions aren’t getting the thoughts flowing, it’s a good idea to jot them down in your bullet journal. You can add to the list of prompts whenever you feel like it and then refer back to it in future. You never know when you might be able to repurpose an old prompt.
Other resources and writing prompts
If you’re working on your worldbuilding for a novel or narrative project, you can check out my worldbuilding checklist as a starting point. Often, when I’m stuck for creative inspiration, I find that building a world and a backstory can help me form a basis for a new idea. Give it a try and let me know how you get on with it.
Additionally, working on character development can also give rise to fresh ideas for stories. Have a look at this character-building activity and see if fleshing out a protagonist (or other character) helps you to get started.
You can check out some of my other writing prompts over on my Pinterest boards., Sometimes using an art or image-based prompt can really help to generate your ideas even further. Let me know how you get on with your writing efforts over on Twitter too.