Ideas are not something I usually struggle with, but sometimes I like to challenge myself to write something based on a prompt purely because it wasn’t my idea. I’ve found in the past that some of the stories I have created through trying to find a story within a prompt are the ones I’ve been most pleased with.
Some places where you can find prompts
Creative Writing Prompts – a huge number of diverse prompts for both fiction and creative non-fiction. They won’t all be to everyone’s taste, but if you browse through you’re sure to find something to inspire you.
Easily Mused – This site does a series of six word prompt challenges which they call “Six for Sunday”.
Daily Writing Tips: Writing Prompts 101 – a good article about the benefits of writing from prompts, 20 prompts to get you started and a bunch of links to other sites.
Follow @WritingPrompts on Twitter
Daily Photo Prompt – a blog which does exactly what it says on the tin.
Where have you found inspiring writing prompts? Share your links in the comments.
5 prompts to try
Let me know if you use any of these, I’d love to see what you do with them.
- 5 word prompt – Bus, paper, fly, yellow, polish
- Opening line – Half the sticker was missing…
- Concept – A character returns to a childhood haunt
- Character – A store assistant at a greetings card shop
- Dialogue line – “What do you mean nearly missed?”