Write about it. Potion: Write about a magic potion. What is it made of? What does it do? What is the antidote? Adjectives: Make a list of the first 5 adjectives that pop into your head. Use these 5 words in your story, poem, or journal entry. Fairy Tales: Rewrite a fairy tale. Give it a new ending or make it modern or write as a poem.
Secret Message : Write something with a secret message hidden in between the words. For example, you could make an acrostic poem using the last letters of the word or use secret code words in the poem. Collection : Write about collecting something, such as salt shakers, sea shells, or stamps. Taking Chances: Everyone takes a risk at some point in their life.
Write about a time when you took a chance and what the result was. Carnival: Write a poem or story or journal entry inspired by a carnival or street fair. Country Mouse: Write about someone who grew up in the country visiting the city for the first time. Optional: include an answer key. Staircase : Use a photo of a staircase or the stairs in your home or a building you love to inspire you.
Stray Animal: Think of the life of a stray cat or dog and write about that. Stop and Stare : Create a poem or story about something you could watch forever. Fireworks : Do they inspire you or do you not like the noise and commotion? Frozen: Write about a moment in your life you wish you could freeze and preserve. Know-it-all: Write about something you are very knowledgeable about, for example a favorite hobby or passion of yours.
Did you keep that promise? Read the News Today : Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line. Transportation : Write about taking your favorite or least-favorite form of transportation. Gadgets: If you could invent a gadget, what would it do? Are there any gadgets that make your life easier? Bizarre Holiday : There is a bizarre holiday for any date! Blog-o-sphere : Visit your favorite blog or your feedreader and craft a story, journal entry, or poem based on the latest blog post you read.
Cactus: Write from the viewpoint of a cactus. Failure: Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely? Mystical Creatures: Angels or other mystical creatures — use them as inspiration. Clear and Transparent: Write a poem about being able to see-through something. Break the Silence : Record yourself speaking, then write down what you spoke and revise into a short story or poem. Beat: Listen to music with a strong rhythm or listen to drum loops.
Write something that goes along with the beat you feel and hear. Color Palette: Search online for color palettes and be inspired to write by one you resonate with. Magazine: Randomly flip to a page in a magazine and write using the first few words you see as an opening line. Shaping Up : Write something that makes a shape on the page…ie: a circle, a heart, a square, etc. Swish, Buzz, Pop : Create a poem that uses Onomatopoeia. What Time is It? Write about the time of day it is right now.
What are people doing? What do you usually do at this time each day? Or do you hate parties? Write about it! Cliche: Choose a common cliche, then write something that says the same thing but without using the catch phrase. Eco-friendly : Write about going green or an environmental concern you have. Set it Free: Think of a time when you had to let someone or something go to be free…did they come back?
Suitcase: Write about packing for a trip or unpacking from when you arrive home. Acrostic : Choose a word and write an acrostic poem where every line starts with a letter from the word. Crossword Puzzle: Open up the newspaper or find a crossword puzzle online and choose one of the clues to use as inspiration for your writing. Gloves: Write about a pair of gloves — what kind of gloves are they? Who wears them and why?
How Does Your Garden Grow? Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place. Gratitude: Write a poem or journal entry that is all about things you are thankful for. Chemistry: Choose an element and write a poem or story that uses that word in one of the lines.
Old Endings Into New Beginnings: Take an old poem, story, or journal entry of yours and use the last line and make it the first line of your writing today. I Am: Write a motivational poem or journal entry about positive traits that make you who you are.
Rainbow : What is at the end of a rainbow? Or, take a cue from Kermit the Frog, and ask yourself, why are there so many songs about rainbows? Museum: Take some time to visit a nearby museum with your journal. Write about one of the pieces that speaks to you.
Cartoon: Think of your favorite cartoon or comic. Write a poem or story that takes place in that setting. From the Roof-tops: Imagine you could stand on a rooftop and broadcast a message to everyone below — what would you say? Time Travel: If there was a time period you could visit for a day, where would you go? Write about traveling back in time to that day.
Neighborhood: Write about your favorite place in your neighborhood to visit and hang out at. Hiding Spaces : Write about places you like to hide things at. What was a favorite hiding spot for you as a child playing hide-and-seek? Extreme Makeover: Imagine how life might be different if you could change your hair color or clothing into something completely opposite from your current style. Empathy: Write about your feelings of empathy or compassion for another person.
Boredom: Write about being bored or make a list of different ways to entertain yourself. Greed: Write about someone who always wants more — whether it be money, power, etc. Video Inspiration : Go to Vimeo.
Write something based on what you watch. Font-tastic: Choose a unique font and type out a poem, story or journal entry using that font. Schedule: Take a look at your calendar and use the schedule for inspiration in writing. Collage: Go through a magazine and cut out words that grab your attention. Use these words to construct a poem or as a story starter or inspiration for your journal.
Oh so Lonely: Write a poem about what you do when you are alone — do you feel lonely or do you enjoy your own company? Write about the movement, flow, and energy. Fashion : Go through a fashion magazine or browse fashion websites online and write about a style you love. Mailbox: Open your mailbox and write something inspired by one of the pieces of mail you received. Hotel: Write from the perspective of someone who works at a hotel or staying at a hotel.
Underwater: Write about sea creatures and under water life. What adventures might be waiting? Breathing: Take a few minutes to do some deep breathing relaxation techniques. Once your mind is clear, just write the first few things that you think of.
Liar, Liar: Make up a poem or story of complete lies about yourself or someone else. Obituaries: Look at the recent obituaries online or in the newspaper and imagine the life of someone and write about that person. Pocket: Rummage through your pockets and write about what you keep or find in your pockets. Cinquain: Write a cinquain poem, which consists of 5 lines that do not rhyme. Fight: Write about witnessing two people get in an argument with each other. In the Clouds: Go cloud watching for the day and write about what you imagine in the clouds.
At the Park: Take some time to sit on a park bench and write about the sights, scenes, and senses and emotions you experience. Should, Would, And Could: Write a poem or story using the words should, would, and could. Timer: Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. Write for a Cause: Write a poem or essay that raises awareness for a cause you support.
Out of the Box: Imagine finding a box. Under the Influence: What is something has impacted you positively in your life? Remote Control: Imagine you can fast forward and rewind your life with a remote control. Symbolism: Think of objects, animals, etc.
Light at the End of the Tunnel: Write about a time when you saw hope when it seemed like a hopeless situation. Shipwrecked: Write about being stranded somewhere — an island, a bus stop, etc. Quotable: Use a popular quote from a speaker and use it as inspiration for your writing. Mind Map it Out: Create a mind map of words, phrases, and ideas that pop into your head or spend some time browsing the many mind maps online.
Write a poem, story, or journal entry inspired by the mind map. Email Subject Lines: Read your email today and look for subject lines that may be good starters for writing inspiration. Doodle : Spend some time today doodling for about minutes.
Write about the thoughts you had while doodling or create something inspired by your finished doodle. Chalkboard: Imagine you are in a classroom. What does it say on the chalkboard? Flashlight : Imagine going somewhere very dark with only a flashlight to guide you. A Far Away Place : Envision yourself traveling to a fictional place, what do you experience in your imaginary journey? Promise to Yourself: Write about a promise you want to make to yourself and keep. Brick Wall : Write a poem that is about a brick wall — whether literal or figurative.
Making a Choice: Write about a time when you had to make a difficult choice. Outcast : Write about someone who is not accepted by their peers. Scary Monsters: Write about a scary or not-so-scary monster in your closet or under the bed. Title First : Make a list of potential poem or story titles and choose one to write from.
Get Well : Write a poem that will help someone who is sick feel better quick! Concrete : Write about walking down a sidewalk and what you see and experience. This Old House : Write about an old house that is abandoned or being renovated. Clutter: Is there a cluttered spot in your home? Go through some of that clutter today and write about what you find or the process of organizing. On the TV: Flip to a random TV channel and write about the first thing that comes on — even if it is an infomercial!
Movie Conversation: Use a memorable conversation from a favorite movie to inspire your writing. Idiom: Choose from a list of idioms one that speaks to you and create a poem around that saying or phrase. Ie: It is raining cats and dogs. Playground: Whether it is the swings or the sandbox or the sliding boards, write about your memories of being on a playground.
Rock Star: Imagine you are a famous rock star. Write about the experience. Come to Life: Imagine ordinary objects have come to life. Write about what they do and say. Airplane: Write about meeting someone on an airplane and a conversation you might have.
Write a poem, short story, or journal entry inspired by a product label. Instrumental Inspiration: Listen to some instrumental music and write a poem that matches the mood, beat, and style of the music.
Personality Type : Do you know your personality type? There are many free quizzes online — write about what type of personality traits you have. Decade: Choose a favorite decade and write about it. Say it: Write a poem or story that uses dialogue between two people. The Unsent Letter: Write about a letter that never made it to its recipient. Records : Go through your file box and pull out old receipts or records…write something inspired by what you find! Serendipity: Write about something that happened by chance in a positive way.
Word of the Day: Go to a dictionary website that has a word of the day and use it in a poem, story or journal entry you write. Forgiveness: Write about a time when someone forgave you or you forgave someone. Underground: Imagine living in a home underground and use that as inspiration for writing.
Classic Rock: Pick a classic rock love ballad and rewrite it into a story or poem with a similar theme. Motivational Poster: Look at some motivational posters online and write a poem or journal entry inspired by your favorite one. Games: Write about the games people play — figuratively or literally. Turning Point: Write about a point in life where things turned for the better or worse. Review: Review your week, month, or year in a journal entry or poem format. Detective: Write about a detective searching for clues or solving a mystery.
Camera: Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take. Congratulations : Did you write a poem, short story, or journal entry every day for a whole year? If you love this list and want an easy to print and customize version of this list of writing prompts, please be sure to check out the printable ad-free version which includes print-ready files to print a list, prompt cards AND all the design files you could possibly need to customize to your own liking!
We hope you enjoy these creative writing prompts! I have been on a reading binge since being on vacation from school. I stumbled across this while looking up unit supplements for my kiddos, and thought, hey, write a page a day and see what happens!
Thank you for this collection of prompts! Thank you again! This is such a helpful tool! Definitely a recomended sight! I am new at the blogging game. You have provided some wonderful ideas for blog posts. Great ideas just to get used to writing every day. This list is really impressive and useful for those of us who are looking for good topics to blog about.
Very nice list. Thanks for compiling and posting it. Wow, thanks so much for all these wonderful prompts! They are lots of fun and very helpful. I use this for my homeschooling-I love it! Thank you so much!!
This is a wonderful list. So creative! The Parent Trap, right? Never seen the whole movie, but it seems funny. Thank you for consideration. What I like most about these is how you can combine them and get really weird ideas. For example, empathy from the rooftops: what if you shouted something positive in public every day — or if everyone did so? It might be fun to try, and then write a diary about it. Could it change our language or customs?
It would be cool if we could have goggles that showed places during a certain time period. Like Seattle And you could buy special plugins, like specific people you want to hang out with, famous or non. It is amazing what creative writing could do to you. Daily prompts have proven to be very inspiring and overtime writers develop their own style of writing depending on how passionate they are about it. I would love to write about all 3, online, space, and time travel. I belong to a writing club.
We seem to have a lot of prompts to use. I love stories having to do with rain. Would you join me. I am jim. I really love the list of writing ideas you have compiled here. I will be using it and others to get myself back into writing every single day if I can be away with it. Also, I have noticed a few problems with this list. One is a repeat topic. Those are numbers 76 and And you skipped a number. And have only days of writing. Still through! All these ideas are absolutely amazing and awesome ideas!
I commend you for putting it all together in an easy to read format too. Thank you so very much. Wonderful compilation of ideas! I will send your blog along to my many Creative Writing students. Now i sit in the prison cell, Waiting for my call My friend across the room smiling, my eyes begin to swell, My neck snapping on the, from my sides my hands fall. Thank you very much! You are such a life developer, who can virtually transform a life busy with unnecessary activities humans are posted to through internet.
Thanks to the proponent of this great idea. Damn this shit is disappointing. Hi John, the weather might seem boring, but there are a lot of ways you can springboard from that — maybe you write a story about a character who despises the sunshine or melts if they get rained on or they live in a underground tunnel and the house gets flooded…You can also use it as an exercise in developing more descriptive writing that shows, not tells for the scenes in your story.
It was a perfectly reasonable sort of darkness. The kind of darkness you might get if you wake up an hour before sunrise. But it was late in the morning. He had to make sure of that. He checked his alarm clock, his microwave oven clock, and his cell phone. And as he looked outside again, he saw that people were out, going about their business, as if none of this really mattered at all. It depends on how you view it. That one topic for instance has given me a beautiful story telling.
I am currently about to round up with it and trust me the feedback has been amazing. Maybe you need to work on improving the quality of your writing. Your use of expletives is totally uncalled for. In fact, this is a great topic and can lead to awesome discussions. So… why not both?
Tell their stories, their private dreams. Or hidden shame…. Thanks so much! My therapist wants me to write more and these prompts are perfect! This is fun i will keep doing this no matter what every year. Thanks for making this, it is very fun. Imagine that the scientists could replace the human brains with computers or invent the computers with human feelings.
What do you think would happen? Would the world become a better place to live in??? I like that they are more than just one word and give me something to think about before I start creating each day as a warm up to what is ahead. I would like to include a link to your page in a near future blog post about my creative journal.
Hi Maxx, of course you may share with your grandmother — the only thing we would worry about is if you were to publish them for monetary gain. Thank u so much this was so helpful. Idk how u came up with all thoughts prompts. It was very helpful. Thank u again. For the first time in a long time it finally felt like I knew was going to happen next.
I was gazing into her eyes and she was gazing back. I remember it like it was just yesterday, when she was still the one for me but never forgave me. I miss the sweet sound of her laughter and now all i hear are friends.
I have tried to go back and apologize to her just to see if the answer will change but even I know that it will never change because I will never be enough for her. But if she ever decides that she wants me back she can have me because a life without love is one not worth living. Thanks for this!!!!! I wrote this, tell me what you think; prompt 4-dancing You see her tapping her toes, always listening to music.
Many only see a pretty face yet those close enough to the fire know the passion burning deep inside of her. Tapping her toes at the table only stops when her parents beg her to rest. Even in her dreams she on stage, dancing like a swan. Tapping her toes to the beat of her music gives her a bit of pip in her pep when she walks down the halls.
Would that be OK? Hi Camilla, this list cannot be republished, even if translated into another language. However, if you would like to link to our website that would be great, your readers are able to translate it into any language if they use a web browser such as Google Chrome.
You are welcome! We never publish email addresses. Hope that helps! I love all of these so much and i try to write referring to these at least once everyday thank you so much for these! Trust, It is a beautiful thing. You give it to others, For them to protect. They can keep it forever, Or they can destroy it. And the flow was great, and the answers so diverse.
The questions made me realize that in me there is so much i can write about and so much that i know… Many thanks for that! I love the freedom of the exercise. Just to write for ten minutes and see what happens. I have been going through the exercises with a writing buddy. We decide which one we both want to tackle and then time ourselves.
Keep it up. I am looking forward to hearing from you again to let me know how you are getting on. Best wishes, Grace. They help so much, I really find ideas flowing to me when I start one. Thanks, John. I have the most outlandish answers… I think. But I know that I made myself laugh with at least three of these.
But these are brilliant ways to get ideas flowing to ignite my writing lamp so I can see into the depths of my imagination to further my prowess. Thank you. Who is coming round the corner? What is their secret? What are they carrying? She carries hope; she carries music, a dancing soul and a book…a book that involves some magic for those who can see beyond words. Full with illusion she walks, waiting for that moment when she finally gets the strength to break the shell and let her beauty light up the city.
Great site you have here. I am a teacher and a writer too. Your advice are sound and grounded and I love your exercises. Take Care! Great to hear from you, Jason. I am so glad you like the exercises. All the way from Malaysia too! Best wishes Grace. This will be extremely helpful for the writing challenges in our online community. I can see potential for real stimulation with these by various means.
Possibly an on-going write around, where one adds to the storyline of the first, then the next participant adds to that etc… Many to choose from. Hi Linda, An on-going write around sounds fun — let me know how it goes. Thanks for making these available. I sponsor a writing group in a prison. The guys who have been attending up to now are very good writers and are interested only in reading what they have written and receiving criticism.
But some of them are leaving the facility and many of the new members are not confident writers. Suddenly I am in need of material for people who are not already half-way through a novel. These exercises look to be really useful. I Sean, I am so glad you got in touch. Your work sound fascinating and I am glad to hear so many of your students are busy writing.
You must be an inspiring teacher. Keep in touch. I particularly found the first several thought provoking. So glad to have helped Jenny — the best of luck with your work and thanks for commenting. I loved this. Thank you so much for suggesting these. I definitely think that half the battle with writing is getting into a constructive, routine — like you said.
So I really appreciate the assistance! Hi Meagan, thanks for your comments — it is really encouraging to me when I hear from readers. Routine is so important. Best of luck with your writing. Asnwered few sets of questions and at the end of it all I realised I could string all the various answers into one story brought together with more plot points.
Thanks for this! Very helpful! Hi Hazell, thanks for commenting. I am very happy this helped you and I am interested to hear about the way you could string the various answers into one story — sounds very creative. Keep going and let me know how the story turns out.
Thank you for providing this! Tonight I am taking these to the prison writing group I facilitate. Your exercises are very helpful! Hi Sam, great to hear from you. I hope your National Novel Writing Event goes well. If any of your participants have any queries, or questions I will happy to help. A man in a dark coat is coming around the corner with a young woman.
The woman seems to be terrified as she is dragged along by the tall man. She struggles even harder until finally he smacks her cheek and she falls unconsciousness. He is going to sell her to vampires and she will become a slave. In his left pocket he carries a wad of hundred dollar bills just to be safe. Most vampires could be bought. She was always clinging on to him and begging for jewelry and money. Finally, he snapped.
On a Tuesday afternoon , Peter snarled in frustration and anger at Joanna. He told her off and said he was done. After the confrontation, Peter went to his favorite local coffee shop, muttering angry words along the way. After he had sat down, he ordered a cappuccino and took deep breaths. Calming himself down was no easy task, Joanna had really ticked him off.
Suddenly the door swung open, and there stood his old high school lover, Amelia James. Soon, all his anger was forgotten as he started devising a plan to rekindle an old love. She walked out of the close nonchalantly, and headed back towards her room.
Pick a story that stuck reading comprehension with this summarization. Aim to include words in sounds awesome to you, or you short creative writing exercises. Such exercises offer a low-pressure five or six photos, you can write a story about each of them and try sure you understood it. Your email address will not be published. Highlight or copy sentences or benefit you should consider: It Pinterest for ideas. PARAGRAPHIn these situations, knowing how to write properly in English will help you. Here are a few:. This skill will be useful try new things and think writing - while helping you it to yourself, to make. If editing exercises creative writing you're doing great at getting words on the page but. You must use all 26 sense of direction for your to write about, try out actively improve on particular elements to link them together.Let your stream of consciousness run. Start with a blank page. Switch up a story's POV. a letter to your younger self.