When I was in elementary school, I had a teacher who would have us freewrite to writing prompts he would write on the whiteboard. Every Monday morning, we would spend the first 10 minutes of class writing about dragons, time travel, or our weekends.
I had stopped using writing prompts after that 4th grade English class. This changed once I began writing thousands of words per day. Some days, I just didn’t know what to write about. Other days, I already had a topic in hand, but I couldn’t find the words. Writing prompts have been a great tool to help me defeat writer’s block and swiftly put pen to paper.
A writing prompt is a topic around which you start writing ideas. You’re free to stick to the subject or let your mind wander.
1. Put pen to paper. Instead of thinking about what to write about, writing prompts give you a topic to start writing about immediately.
2. Practice makes perfect. Writing prompts help you build your writing “muscles”. This habit will help make it easier for you to start writing and will teach you to write longer.
3. Increase your creativity. Writing prompts can make you see the world in a new light, or a way you’ve never imagined.
Maybe you want to buckle down and finish that novel. Or perhaps you needed to complete that blog post yesterday. Regardless of your circumstance, prompts can be your ticket out of uncreative purgatory and back to the writing promised land.
Sometimes, it can be hard to think of what to write, so we put together a list of 60 writing prompts to give you some fresh ideas.
1. Your favorite childhood vacation.
2. The last words of your novel are, “As night became day, he started to understand the truth.” Now, go write the rest.
3. Turn one of the last texts you sent into a story.
4. Add an original scene to the last movie you watched.
5. Two friends have a disagreement.
6. Write about your favorite teacher.
7. Outside the window, you see something you can’t believe.
8. Write about the first time you held someone's hand.
9. Write about the last thing/person that made you smile.
10. Write about a time you were lost.
11. Write about your first job.
12. Write a letter to your 14-year old self.
13. Write about why you write.
14. Five years from now, I will be.
15. Write about your dream vacation.
16. Do you like to be alone or with company?
17. You have $300 and a Prius, describe the 2,800 mile road trip from NYC to LA.
18. Write about your biggest goal.
19. Write about your biggest fear.
20. A conversation you and a stranger have on a plane.
21. A time you or someone you love was scammed.
22. Turn the last song you listened to into a story.
23. Describe the life of your favorite singer.
24. Write about a piece of furniture in the room you’re in.
25. If I knew then what I know now.
26. If you could travel back in time, where would you go?
27. You have a billion dollars in your bank account. How did you make it?
28. You’ve discovered a new planet. Describe what you see.
29. If you could do anything for work, what would you do?
30. You live on an abandoned island, describe your morning routine.
31. You’re in a foreign country and don’t speak the native language.
32. Describe how you think your grandparents met.
33. Write about a time you failed.
34. You wake up today with the superpower of your choosing.
35. You’re a dog, describe your interaction with a human.
36. Write about someone you admire.
37. Go to Twitter or Facebook and write about the first post you see.
38. Write about a time you were uncomfortable.
39. She tried to forget him, but never could.
40. Just as your flight takes off, you discover a shocking note under your seat.
41. None of your friends remember you, describe yourself to them.
42. An island rose from the sea.
43. Out of the ashes, arose a hero.
44. The whales grew feet.
45. I open the last book on earth.
46. You knock louder and louder on the door, but nobody answers.
47. The door you had locked, is wide open.
48. Just as you fall asleep, the phone rings.
49. She had the perfect party planned, only to have it ruined by her ex.
50. She said her final words and left, there’s no turning back now.
51. A blind man falls in love, describe his feelings.
52. You have the power to stop time, what do you do?
53. The sun rose for the final time.
54. You discover that your partner is a robot.
55. You have 10 days to live.
56. How will cars look in 50 years?
57. This needs to be cleaned, the police will be here any minute.
58. For years, he carefully planned out this day.
59. The birds didn’t go south for the winter.
60. It’s June 13th, the snow won’t stop falling.
That's two months worth of writing prompts to get you into the flow state! If you need help staying consistent, click the graphic below to learn more about our distraction-free writing tools before Freewrites run out.
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