Ever felt stuck in a rut when it comes to your writing? Perhaps it’s time to switch things up.
Lately my writer’s group and I have experimented with different writing prompts as a way to challenge ourselves and find new ways to be creative.
You might find these prompts useful at getting you writing again. Or they might help you find new ways to see the world or spark a new story.
Here’s a list of ideas to help get you inspired to write this week.
Let me know if they help you or if you have a writing prompt you’d like to share.
I’d love to read your pieces too!
- Use the pictures above as a starter for a short story
- Rewrite a passage from a favourite novel but choose another character’s point of view
- Write a story using a superpower but the superpower is based on a personal quirk
- Listen to a song and write in time to the beat
- Write a story using only seventy words
- Write a story using only seven words
- Isolate one sound near you right now – concentrate all your energy on really listening to that sound. Now write a paragraph describing it. Put it into a short story.
- Write in the style of a poet you love. Read your finished piece aloud.
- Write a story that’s pure dialogue
- Write a short piece in a genre that’s the opposite of yours
- Write a piece using the theme ‘escape’
- If you could visit one place in the world right now, where would it be and why?
- Write from an inanimate object’s point of view. Describe what it can feel, see, hear etc.
- Write the colour yellow. What does it feel like? Smell like? Sound like?
- You’re in the middle of a desert, alone and forgotten. Describe what heat feels like without using the words ‘hot’, ‘heat’, ‘dry’, ‘thirsty’.
- How does a snail experience the world? Or a sparrow?
- Your alternate universe has no blue. What does it have instead?
- Your greatest strength is also your greatest weakness. Write a piece in which this is true.
- Open up the book you’re reading to a random page. Take the 4th line down and turn it into a short story.
- ‘You’ll never believe what I found…’ is the 1st line of your story. Go.
- ‘Help!’ is the last word in your story. Go.
Until next time,