Writing prompts are a dime a dozen.
I find them in writer’s magazines, books on writing and books of quotations, plus the dictionary, thesaurus and any book that doesn’t already tell a story, such as books on gardening, beading and art collections.
Here are a few prompts that I’ve borrowed and reworded, plus some of my own.
Use these prompts as a starting point and write based on the image, idea or thought that first comes to your mind.
- Randomly read a line from a book or look up a word in dictionary.
- Turn on the radio and use the first complete sentence you hear.
- Describe what’s around you, using all of your senses, those of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
- Pretend you’re a waitress and use the order pad to write a different type of story. Or try using the form of a grocery list.
- Think about your favorite hobby and why you got interested in this and what this particular hobby says about you.
- Recall a childhood place and describe it.
- Grab a snippet of conversation and use it to start a dialogue between characters.
- Read a poem and use the mood it creates to start writing.
- Write about an old object. What does it make you think about and what emotions does it evoke?
- Walk down the aisles of a toy store and see what happens.
- Write about something you lost and want back, and then imagine what you would do if you had it back.
- Write about your secret wish (mine is to be a full-time novelist married to the hottest man on the planet).
- Read a couple of horoscopes and the weather report together.
- Write about a bad gift you gave or received.
- Read a billboard and start writing based on the corny or cute saying.
- Write about a new pair of shoes. (I had to include shoes, of course!)
Feel inspired, yet? If not, see what Zoey the Cute Dachshund has to say about writing prompts.