Creative Writing Prompts

December 16, 2019

Here’s a list of prompts that will get your writing gears turning. Go ahead and turn in what you write in the “submit your work for next issue” section of this website!

  • “I picked up the envelope, and inside was a letter that said I had won the Powerball lottery for 2 billion dollars.”
  • Write a story told entirely through voicemails left on someone’s phone (or multiple people’s phones.)
  • “Adrenaline rushed through me as I saw the thick smoke filling the library.”
  • A story that begins and ends with an object (i.e. a bicycle, a toaster, a piece of jewelry).
  • The story of how your parents met (or any couple you love, fictional or real) as if it happened in a different time period. (i.e. Victorian, ancient Greece, futuristic)
  • Someone returns home from college (or any journey) to find that their parent/sibling/lover knows everything detail of their life while they were gone.
  • A story about how someone’s obsession with something (ideas: marmalade, cats, pencils) leads to their demise/happiness.
  • You find out that you are the best in the world at something (ideas: writing, singing, comedy).
  • “How are you? I haven’t seen you in a while,” the stranger said, delighted. I froze. I’ve never seen this person in my life.
  • Someone who has never seen snow before tries to move to and live in New Hampshire.
  • Every night, you dream awful, vivid nightmares. One day, you wake up and realize that your dream world and the people/creatures from it are becoming part of the real world.
  • **My favorite one*** (from Pinterest) In a superhero-supervillian story, you’re the hero’s love interest, and as such, in classic “use-their-loved-ones-against-them” fashion, the villian keeps kidnapping you as leverage against the hero. However, an unfortunate complication has arisen; having spent so much time with the villain, you begin to realize that you’re falling in love with them.
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