Writing Prompts to get the creative juices flowing when you think you are in a drought!
Writing is hard. If coming up with new ideas is difficult for you then you are in the right place!
Below are 25 Writing Prompts to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes you get so focused on your current work in progress that you lose sight of the joys of simply creating.
For me, free writing is well, freeing. I don’t have a word count to hit, I am not sticking to an outline plus writing new characters are the best ways to cure writers block.
Of course, the end goal of any writer is to complete a novel but if the tool you are using aka your brain, is tired of the same old storyline you are not going to get the quality of work you are used to. So, give the brain a break from the norm.
Choose one of the writing prompts below and just write.
- Write a story that involves every colour of the rainbow
- All your characters names have to be a colour (violet, rose, indigo)
- A universe where colour doesn’t exist only your main character wakes up one day and the world is filled with colours!
- What is your favourite colour? Write a protagonist that represents that colour and a villain with the same colour. How do they differ? How are they the same?
- She just moved into town and her eyes were purple.
- Fall – Leaves crunching under your feet
- Spring – the land of rebirth and new beginnings only, spring never comes.
- Summer – what would the season summer be like as a person
- Winter – an entire city made of snow and ice. They are trying to prevent the sun from melting their world.
- There has been a war waging, Summer, Spring, Winter and Autumn are in battle. Who wins?
Inspired Writing Prompts
- I was assigned the red door and my sister already went through the blue one…
- My bookshelf was all wrong, someone had rearranged the shelves. I touched a book on the top shelf. *Blinding Flash*
- He put the mask back on, “Watch this!”
- The cold breeze blew my hair back as I climbed the tree
- Today I died. Only I didn’t really mean for it to happen.
- It has rained for three hundred and twelve days. Today the rain stopped.
- A small package arrived on my door step addressed to Mr. Flamboyant
- Everyone has superpowers until today – no one can use their powers
- I was the designated driver on the craziest night of the year
- A hat changes everything so be careful which one you out on your head.
- I woke up to the click-click of my typewriter, again.
- Our eyes met across the shop and I knew he was the man that killed my mother
- Write the story of your life as if you are watching it unfold from the outside.
- Find a previous free write and change the perspective. If it was written in first person, change to third and vice versa.
- Use all five senses. What happens if your character loses one of their senses, how does it change their life?
We can all use a reminder
As an author who is working through my first draft, I still have a long way to go. However, I know that this is what I am meant to do. Every time I pick up a new book to read I am reminded again and again that I cannot wait to have a physical copy of my own novel on my bookshelf.
So take it day by day, line by line until you are done because you can do this. I am your reminder that you are doing a good job. Your ideas are awesome! Stop giving yourself a hard time when the ideas don’t come as easily because we are all in the same boat. We are all struggling!
Let me know if you use any of the writing prompts above! I love seeing where people take a simple idea and how we all create differently.