I’ve been struggling with creativity the last few days. Nothing seemed to flow and blank pages remained scarily blank. I hit Pinterest for writing prompts to see if some creative writing would unlock the more formal stuff. Nothing worked, so I decided to write my own writing prompts. It was actually really fun.
The Writing Prompt Rules
Writing prompts are all about creativity so there aren’t really any rules. Spelling and sentence structure don’t matter. It’s more about ideas. You can later do a second (or third) draft and give the piece polish, but you don’t have to.
These writing prompts are designed to be quick. Some could take just minutes, others a little more. There are 31 prompts, but you needn’t do them all, or daily.
Writing Prompts Printable
Want to have some fun with this? Use this printable for a month-long writing prompts challenge. Cut along the dotted lines. The heading piece can be glued to a jar for a decorative lucky dip. Fold each prompt so you don’t choose the easy ones when making your daily selection.
Creative Writing Prompts
- Write an advertisement for a dull product (like mosquito repellant) and make it funny.
- Make dating profiles for your most loved and hated celebrities.
- Write a letter to you parents from Summer Camp, pretending to be your sibling… and that you’re still children.
- ”Perhaps I should have stayed in bed”.
- Write an entry in the Wicked Witch of the West’s diary.
- Write a day in the life of a spider, from the spider’s perspective.
- Describe your childhood home.
- Write a description of your first day of school or university.
- Write your own newspaper birth announcement.
- Write your Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
- Write a 50 word love story.
- ”This morning I woke as the only person in the entire city. Four million people have vanished.”
- Write a news report based on the nursery rhyme, Hey Diddle Diddle.
- Write both sides of an interview between Harry Potter and Rita Skeeter after Voldemort’s death.
- Describe how you would get from Paris to Singapore, via London.
- Write a letter to your hero (dead or alive). You needn’t send it.
- Write a press release announcing regular public transport to Mars.
- Write a haiku about Christmas.
- Write a news report for a recent event in your community.
- Write three original knock knock jokes.
- Write a limerick involving travel.
- Write a short story about a brave pig.
- ”I’m the village crazy lady”
- ”They keep coming. I can’t stop them.”
- Write the minutes of a meeting between cartoon characters.
- Create a simple recipe for gourmet mud pies.
- Find a picture of a stranger. Write their life story, or a snippet of their life.
- Begin with “And they lived happily ever after”.
- Write a 250 word review of your favorite book, movie, or television show.
Download the printable to join the writing prompts challenge. Please post links to your writing in the comments. I’d love to see what you come up with. If you’re comfortable with it, that is.