Writing Prompts To Jump-Start Creativity


If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day.

Writing prompts are useful because sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! (We have ALL been there.)

To help you brainstorm, here is a list of creative writing prompts to give you something to write about. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal – these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas for topics to write about!

The Unrequited love poem: How do you feel when you love someone who does not love you back?

The Vessel: Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.

Dancing: Who’s dancing and why are they tapping those toes?

Food: What’s for breakfast? Dinner? Lunch? Or maybe you could write a poem about that time you met a friend at a cafe.

Eye Contact: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.

The Rocket-ship: Write about a rocket-ship on its way to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far, away.

Great Minds: Write  about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.

Missed Connections: If you go to Craigslist, there is a “Missed Connections” section where you can find some interesting story lines to inspire your writing.

Foreclosure: Write a poem or short story about someone who has lost or is about to lose their home.

Smoke, Fog, and Haze: Write about not being able to see ahead of you.

Sugar: Write something so sweet, it makes your teeth hurt.

Numbers: Write a poem or journal entry about numbers that have special meaning to you.

Dread: Write about doing something you don’t want to do.

Fear: What scares you a little? What do you feel when scared? How do you react?

Jewelry: Write about a piece of jewelry. Who does it belong to?

Sounds: Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.

War and Peace: Write about a recent conflict.

Frame It: Write a poem or some phrases that would make for good wall art in your home.

Puzzle: Write about putting together the pieces of puzzles.

Fire-starters: Write about building a fire.

Coffee & Tea: Surely you drink one or the other or know someone who does- write about it!

Car Keys: Write about someone getting their driver’s license for the first time.

What You Don’t Know: Write about a secret you’ve kept from someone else or how you feel when you know someone is keeping a secret from you.

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