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308 Creative Writing Prompts To Unlock Your Writing Skills
You want to start creative writing but how? It’s hard to be creative on demand. Most people need some inspiration or a push in the right direction. That’s why we teach our creative writing summer courses with various techniques to conquer your fear of the blank page.
And we’ve put together a stimulating list of Creative Writing prompts to get those creative wheels turning! But, if you want to niche down then feel free to check out our high school writing prompts.
General Writing Prompts
- An envelope from a passing plane falls out of the sky and lands on your character. What would the contents of the envelope be?
- You’re invulnerable except for one weakness. What’s your weakness?
- Create a character that abhors your favourite hobby, and explain why.
- Create a story that revolves around the main character, “the girl with the red balloon.”
- What’s the most boring job you can imagine? Write a sports commentary on a person doing it.
- Describe a character’s morning routine as if you’re writing an inspiring script for a personal development Youtube channel.
- Your character is dancing in the rain. What’s the backstory?
- Write a story beginning with the climax, then proceed to give flashbacks.
- Who is your least favourite person? What do you dislike most about them? Write a backstory on how they may have developed these negative traits.
- Two characters are talking about a topic. Write the same dialogue twice, each from two different perspectives.
- You have 7 days to complete a mission. Should you fail, the world ends. What’s the mission about?
- Think about a person you want to be with. What do you wish they’d tell you? Write the scenario.
- Your character is making a magic potion that steals 5 years of life from the maker. Why are they willing to give up their time for the potion?
- Is there a moment in your life you wish would last forever? Capture it with your writing.
- Write a story that begins with a tribal ritual. What’s the ritual about? How is it performed?
- Choose a random holiday on the calendar, and write a greeting card about it.
- Rewrite the lyrics to a song with a good beat.
- Write a pokemon battle from the pokemon’s perspective.
- Write about a character suffering from a disease without mentioning the disease.
- If you had 1 hour left to live, what would you do?
Mythical Creatures/Places Prompts
- You meet a dragon. How would the story go? Describe the dragon as much as you can.
- Your character is running away from a perilous situation. Suddenly, a pegasus and their rider swoop down from the sky to their rescue.Who is the rider?
- Losing your way while travelling, you accidentally stumbled on a golden city. You think it’s El Dorado! Before you take one more step, large soldiers materialise, golden spears pointed at your throat. How do you escape?
- Write a poem about a mythical place that has always fascinated you.
- If you could choose one mythical creature to meet in real life, who would it be?
- You heard a beautiful melody while walking through a forest on a guided tour. You wandered off on your own and found a group of fairies singing a ritual song. Suddenly, they all turn to you and say in unison, “We have been waiting for you.” What’s happening?
- You’re in a submarine on the ocean floor. When a mermaid approaches you with open curiosity. Describe the mermaid in as much detail as you can.
- Describe the underworld from Cerberus’ perspective.
- Your character went island hopping on vacation. When they encounter the irresistible song of the sirens. What happens next?
- Write about Hades from Zeus’ perspective.
- You just found out you’re a reincarnated Egyptian god/goddess. How do you react?
Superpower Writing Prompts
- If you could choose any superpower, what would it be? Why?
- You just discovered you have the power of invisibility. What would you do with this power?
- What responsibilities come with having superpowers?
- How would the world be different if everyone had superpowers?
- You’re at a party, and you can read everyone’s mind. How will the scene go?
- Write about what it would be like to have the power of flight.
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“For the First Time” Prompts
- A tourist from a tropical country encounters snow for the first time. How would they react?
- Write about a person who grew up in a desert and saw the sea for the first time.
- What was the most crucial decision you made? Write a story of what would’ve happened if you chose differently.
- A colourblind person sees colour for the first time. How did the experience go?
- Write about a deaf toddler who hears their mommy for the first time.
- Write a romantic story about first-time lovers.
- How was your experience riding the boat for the first time?
- You eat a foreign fruit for the first time. Describe the taste in a way that makes the reader’s mouth water.
- Write about a character who skydives for the first time.
- What would Christopher Columbus have felt seeing America for the first time?
- Write about a character who experiences the death of an immediate family member for the first time.
- It was your first time seeing a Kangaroo. Write the experience from the Kangaroo’s perspective.
- Write about a character who gets caught up in a riptide for the first time.
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- Write a story wherein a character experiences 3 unfortunate events in quick succession within 24 hours.
- A businessman loses all his money in one day. What happens next?
- Burglars break into your home 4 consecutive times in one month. Write a thrilling narrative.
- You wake up to your empty garage. Someone stole your car. The carnapper happens to be the leader of an infamous gang, and you happen to be a CIA agent. Write an action-packed story.
- Write about an innocent character framed to be the murderer.
- You entered the class with all your classmates glaring at you with anger and indignation, except one. Who smiles at you in evil triumph. What happened?
- A character starts the day wrong and ends up ruining the rest of the day because of a bad mood. They go to bed screaming in frustration, “THE WORST DAY EVER!” Write what transpired in a way that’ll make your readers laugh.
- Your protagonist has a goal. But every time they try to achieve it, something bad happens. Is it a coincidence, or is someone sabotaging their efforts?
- Write an alternate ending to a movie or story you wished ended differently.
- Write a character who’s born into a military family, and who is expected to follow their father’s footsteps. But they feel called to a different path.
- Who would you be if you could be anyone you want to be?
- Julius Caesar survived his assassination. How will his story continue after the betrayal?
- An heir to the throne chose to run away and travel the world in disguise. Write about their journey.
- Romeo and Juliet didn’t die. So how will their romance continue?
- Harry Potter ended up marrying Hermione. Write the alternate ending.
- Augustus didn’t die in the Fault in Our Stars. Write a happy ending.
- How would you have wanted the Game of Thrones to end instead? Write the script.
- Gatsby was discovered to be innocent, and his life was spared. What happens next?
- If Jack didn’t die, how would his romance with Rose continue?
From the Object’s Perspective
- Your character is an expert samurai. Write about the samurai from the sword’s perspective.
- Write a story with art materials as the main characters.
- What is your most prized possession? Write from its perspective about how it thinks and feels about you.
- Write about a family’s history from an heirloom’s perspective.
- Write a scene from Dr Strange from his cape’s perspective.
- Write about the Elder Wand’s previous masters before it became Dumbledore’s, from the wand’s perspective.
- Narrate a Percy Jackson scene from Riptide’s perspective.
- Write a scene from Dr. Strange from his cape’s perspective.
- If Gandalf’s staff could talk, what legendary tales would it tell you?
- A castle houses multiple generations of nobles. What secrets does it know?
Is the Grass Greener on the Other Side?
- Write a story about two characters who wish they live the other person’s life without the other knowing.
- A character believes the grass is greener on the other side. Turns out it isn’t. How did the story go?
- Write about a little girl who wanted to be a mermaid, and her wish was granted.
- A character thought having instant millions could make them happy. It didn’t. Write about their inner monologue on their deathbed.
- You had the opportunity to live the life of your favourite Hollywood star in a day. How will it go?
- Do you think abundant money can buy happiness? Why or why not?
- If you could shift into any career in the world, what would it be? Why?
- Your character’s best friend just got engaged. They’re happy for them, but they can’t help feeling a little jealous. Write about the internal struggle.
- Choose a historical event, and insert a fictional character who experiences it and has no idea how significant it is in human history.
- If you could travel back in time as a mere observer, what 3 historical events would you want to witness in person?
- What would you tell your younger self from 10 years ago?
- If you could change one event in human history, what would it be? Why?
- What would you tell a parent if you could meet them before they had you?
- You travel back in time but can’t return to your own time. What happens next?
- If you could save one person from dying at their appointed time, who would it be? Why?
- What would you tell your great-grandchild if you could travel to the future?
- If you could relive an event that happened in the past without changing it, what would it be? Why?
- Choose one decision you wouldn’t make if you could go back in time. How will your life change?
- Your character travels through time, but they keep getting stuck in the same year. What year is it, and what’s happening?
- You’re travelling back in time, but you accidentally go too far and land in the middle of a prehistoric jungle. Describe your experience.
Describe ___ To A Blind Person
If you were to describe the:
- Northern Lights
- Empire State Building
- Mona Lisa Painting
- Pyramids of Giza
- Most beautiful person you met
How would you go about it?
- Write about a bully who undergoes a change of heart after being bullied.
- A mad scientist concocted a deadly solution in their lab to eradicate a huge percentage of the human race. What events pushed them to such measures?
- Write a story about a manipulative character who always found a way to escape problems unscathed. Until they meet their match.
- An important event is going on. A biassed journalist creates fake news. What events made the journalist regret what they did?
- Write about a character who is falling in love with the villain.
- Write a scene from Narnia from the White Witch’s perspective.
- What would the final Lord of the Rings battle look like from Sauron’s perspective? Write the scene.
- Write a Star Wars scene from Darth Vader’s perspective.
- You’re waiting in line to buy pizza. And you see a person reading the menu. What would their inner monologue be?
- What goes on in the mind of a traitor?
- Write a character who’s about to end their life. But they changed their mind at the last minute. Why?
- Write the inner monologue of a genius taking a maths exam.
- What goes on inside a gamer’s mind while playing Mobile Legends?
- Write about what Martin Luther must have been thinking while writing his momentous speech “I Have A Dream.”
- What do you think were the thoughts of Julius Caesar during his assassination?
- Write about what Taylor Swift’s inner monologue must have been while she wrote her famous song “All Too Well.”
- Write about a character’s internal monologue while on a blind date.
- What went on in the mind of the Titanic’s captain as they sunk?
Family and Friendship
- Think about your top 5 friends. Make them characters in your story with you as the antagonist.
- You want to give a favourite book to a friend. Write the dedication note.
- Recall a favourite moment you had with your best friend. Write the event from their perspective.
- A family was eating dinner as usual. But something happened that changed their lives forever. What was the life-changing event?
- Write a story about a hero who gave their lives to protect their loved ones against a powerful foe.
- If a friend were to introduce you in an essay, what would they write?
- Write an essay convincing your close friends to watch a movie they haven’t watched before.
- If you and your family were the main characters of an alien invasion story, how would it go?
- Two friends have been debating a topic for years. One dies first at a young age. How does the remaining person live his remaining life in reaction to his friend’s untimely death?
- Write about a character who looks back on their life and discovers how they’ve hurt the people closest to them. How will they try to repair these relationships?
- What’s your favourite bread? Describe its deliciousness without using the word delicious or any of its synonyms.
- What’s your favourite dish? Narrate a chef preparing it in a suspenseful way.
- Start your story with someone drinking their usual morning coffee at a local coffee shop.
- How would the dialogue go if you were to instruct a younger sibling on how to prepare a dish through the phone?
- Write a romantic story about food lovers who met at a restaurant.
- Describe how a stew smells so tasty as to make your readers’ mouths water.
- Brewed vs 3-in-1-Coffee, why is one better than the other?
- You watch a person eating food with such satisfaction that it makes you hungry. Describe how they ate the food.
- Describe a dish without revealing its name.
- Write about a character suffering from depression, then they taste food that reminds them of happy childhood days.
- What’s a vegetable you hate? Write an inner monologue from its perspective, detailing how it hates you back.
- A mother receives the last letter from her son before he dies in the war. What does the letter say?
- A couple parts ways. A year later, one of them decides to win back the relationship and proceeds to search. Only to discover the other died a week ago. What happens next?
- In a snap, your young character’s life takes a cruel turn because every family member dies in one day. What will they do in the aftermath of the tragedy?
- A superhero shines bright. But what about the normal person who lost a loved one because of the superhero’s rash action in saving the world? Write a story about the normal person.
- Your character is dying, and their life is flashing before their eyes. What are they seeing?
- Write a character who has to let go of a loved one who recently passed away.
- What would you say if you could talk to someone you desperately want to talk to, but can’t?
- Write about a character who goes through the motions but is frozen in the past. What situation forces them to move on?
- Write about a war veteran struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- A young student suffers from bullying. What development do they go through that allows them to stand up for themselves later in the story?
- You stumbled upon a mostly empty house with a picture frame hanging on a wall. Who’s in the picture?
- An old woman walks by every 3pm in the afternoon. Where is she going?
- You look out and see a couple fighting behind a closed window. What are they arguing about?
- Who do you find most mysterious? Imagine what their inner monologue sounds like. Write it down.
- Someone gave you a key necklace. You later discovered it’s an actual key to a secret door. What happens next?
- Write a story about a character surfing on the beach. When they stumbled upon a message in a bottle. The very next day, they leave everything behind to go someplace else. What’s the message?
- A locket has been passed down multiple generations and ended up with you. Little did you know it was hiding a secret yet to be discovered. What is the secret? How did you find out?
- You sit at a playground and notice a young girl looking sullen and withdrawn. What do you think is her story?
- Someone played the public piano at the airport. Your character watched as a tear ran down their face. Why?
- Choose a painting of a deceased painter. What are they trying to tell you?
- Your great-grandchild went back in time to meet you. Why?
- There’s a secret room that’s been walled off. Why?
- You find a hidden door in your apartment. Where does it lead to?
- “With his last breath, he uttered a name.” Continue the story.
- You’re walking down a street, and you see someone who looks exactly like you. Your eyes meet, and both freeze in astonishment. What happens next?
- Every year, a character dreads June 13th. Why?
- What’s your most hated insect? Describe the expression of disgust on your face from the insect’s perspective.
- Your character lands in a new world, and they encounter an animal they never saw before. How would you describe the animal?
- The wolves sing to the moon. Write a song about it.
- Write the inner monologue of a cat intent on world domination.
- Two cats are playing a mock fight. What would their dialogue be?
- Write the inner monologue of a dog waiting for its owners to return.
- A dog jumped on you. And you hear a voice say, “Sorry, sorry!” Who is it?
- Write from the perspective of a porcupine. What does it feel like to have a soft body covered with spikes?
- Write a war scene from the horse’s perspective.
- A male bird is courting a female bird. Write a dialogue.
- An ocean diver gets surrounded by a hundred squids. What happens next?
- Write what blood tastes like to a female mosquito.
- What’s the daily life of an ant in a colony like? Write a story.
- Ravens have a mourning ritual for their dead. Write about the ritual from a raven’s perspective.
- A male lion searches for his brother and finds him right before he’s about to be killed by hyenas. Write the suspenseful scene from the searching lion’s perspective.
- You pass by a restaurant and see two people laughing their heads off. What is making them laugh?
- Write a comedy with your neighbour as the main character.
- A character tries a new hobby but is really bad at it. What is their hobby, and how do they fail?
- Your character goes on a date with someone who has a strange quirk. Describe the quirk and the date.
- You’re at a job interview, and the interviewer asks you an absurd question. How do you answer it?
- Write a funny story about a man who is either always early or always late.
- Your character is in a meeting, but they keep dozing off. What’s the meeting about, and how do they stay awake?
- You’re at a party, but you’re really bored. How do you entertain yourself?
- Write about a character explaining that the dog ate their homework, with the line “true story.”
- A man discovered an unknown bird species. It happens to be a parrot. And it scared the man senseless when it heard the bird talk. Write about the details of the horrifying encounter.
- You’re stuck in traffic, but you must hit the loo quickly. What do you do?
- Write a detailed essay that makes a mundane object sound massively life-changing.
- You’re about to eat food you abhor, but you must act like it’s the best thing ever. What is the food, and how do you react?
- Write about a character who can read minds and cannot help but answer unspoken thoughts, garnering horrified and bewildered glances.
- Your character falls in love. But they had no clue it was the child of their sworn enemy! How do they untangle the mess?
- Create a world where the currency is food.
- You see a planet at night that glows especially bright. If it housed living creatures, what would it be like?
- Who’s your favourite fictional character? Imagine they came to life in the real world. How would they adjust? What would their reaction be to the modern world?
- You stumbled upon a parallel universe. What happens next?
- A portal opens up and transports you to another world. What is the world like, and how do you get back home now that the portal’s closed?
- Write Snow White’s story from the Evil Queen’s perspective.
- What would you ask if you had access to the Evil Queen’s Mirror on the Wall?
- Write Mulan’s story from her father’s perspective.
- Write Ariel’s story from King Triton’s perspective.
- If the Prince in Sleeping Beauty wrote a poem for Princess Aurora, how would it go?
- Write Cinderella’s story from the lost shoe’s perspective.
- Narrate Cinderella’s story from the Evil Stepmother’s perspective.
- Write Simba’s story from Scar’s point of view.
- Write Elsa’s story from Olaf’s perspective.
- A war broke out in an ancient era, and a runner bolts out, carrying a crucial message. Write a story about the journey.
- You woke up to people screaming, “Invasion! RUN!” What will you do next?
- Your character is a soldier who’s captured by the enemy. How do they escape?
- You find a wounded soldier on the battlefield. What happens next?
- People are falling sick with a new, unknown disease. A doctor tries to find a cure amidst all the chaos. Did the doctor succeed?
- Your character encounters a monster in an alley. Write the scene.
- You open your door, and there’s a note on the floor that says, “I’m watching you.” What happens next?
- Write a character that stumbled upon a human corpse while exploring a cave. Who is it?
- You live in a new home, and you discover it’s haunted. By whom?
- You watch a beautiful lady receive a bouquet of roses. She reads the attached note and drops it in an expression of utter horror. What did she read?
- Write a story about an attractive man with a dark secret.
- You’re riding the train. Suddenly, someone who looks familiar approaches you and says with alarm, “Quick, we have to get off this train now.” What happens next?
- Write a horror story about a character going to the grocery store.
- Someone shares a secret with you that has a huge impact on your circle of friends. You promise to keep it. But the owner of the secret dies the next day. Unable to carry the burden, you reveal the secret. Only to end up being haunted by the owner’s ghost. How does the story resolve itself?
- You had a nightmare about a character chasing you. You wake up remembering only one detail: a tattoo. As you go about your day, you notice a stranger with the same tattoo. What happens next?
- A series of events led to you receiving a cursed package. Why did it choose you? How do you get rid of it?
- Write a story about a character who wakes up with someone shaking their shoulders and looking into their eyes, asking frantically, “What happened?!”
- If a zombie apocalypse broke out right now, what are the first 3 things you would do? Why?
- A character in your story wants to confess to someone they fell in love with by sending them a text message. How would the message go?
- Write about a character looking for love on a dating site…and finding it.
- Write a story about two people falling in love, only to discover they are closely related.
- Two characters meet on a pilgrimage together. Write about how they fell in love.
- “Wherever you are in the world, I will find you.” Write a romantic story starting with this sentence.
- Two lovers are separated by war. They swore to get married after, but they both died before they could reunite. Write their story via the letters they exchanged with each other.
- You held the hand of someone you’re attracted to for the first time. What does it feel like?
- Write about two characters who like each other in secret. Did they end up confessing their mutual attraction?
- A character goes on a journey to understand what love means. How did it go?
- What’s your favourite poem? Write a poem responding to it.
- Compose a poem about falling for someone who doesn’t return your affections.
- Write a short poem about your name.
- A sailor is wrestling against a stormy ocean. Write a poem from the ocean’s perspective.
- Write a poem about an object or a place you once had access to when you were a child. But it’s no longer there today.
- Planet Earth has many beautiful places. Choose one and write a poem praising its beauty.
- What is the most beautiful building you’ve ever laid eyes on? Write a poem about it.
- What does your favourite perfume smell like? Describe the scent in a poem.
- Use lots of onomatopoeia in a poem.
- Write a poem about the colour green.
- Who’s the most attractive person you met in your life? Write a poem about them.
- What are you most afraid of? Why?
- Someone is trying to convince you to try something you’re scared of. How would the dialogue go?
- A character is afraid of public speaking. But they end up being a world-renowned public speaker. Write a story about the journey.
- Write about a character who’s terrified of the deep ocean.
- Your character is afraid of aliens. But they proceed to fight them anyway to protect others. Write the story from the first-person point of view.
General Personal Essay
- What is the greatest regret of your life? Write an essay about it.
- How would you define “love”?
- Who do you admire the most today? Why?
- How would your day go if you were someone’s shadow for a day?
- What is your happy place? Why?
- What do you feel, hear, smell, or see right now? Describe it in as much detail as you can.
- Write about your favourite hobby and how it affects your life.
- If you could create a national holiday, what would it be? How would the country celebrate it?
- What’s your favourite season? Why?
- What makes you happy? Write the answer from the perspective of a very young person or a very old person.
- What are three personal weaknesses you want to improve on? How do you plan on improving?
- What are the top 3 words that describe you best? Why?
- Write a story about a character falling for a narcissist, then finding a way out.
- What are your 3 greatest achievements in life? Write an essay about it.
- You’re nominated for an award. The host reads out the winner’s name, and it’s you! Write your 1-minute speech.
- What’s your favourite piece of clothing? What are the memories you’ve made while wearing it?
- What’s your favourite mode of transportation? Write an essay convincing the readers why it’s the best option.
- If you could invent anything, what would it be? Why?
- If you had wings, how would you take care of them? Write an essay entitled “Top 10 Tips for Wing-care.”
- If you were the president of the country, what 3 policies would you reinforce first? Why?
A Line in the Story
- Include this line in your story: “It wasn’t…what I wanted.”
- Write about a character who lives their life according to this statement by Nelson Mandela, “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
- Write a short story that begins with “My life was never the same since.”
- What’s your favourite song? Write a story that begins with the first verse.
- Write a story that ends with “she never looked back.”
- “Practice makes perfect,” the common saying goes. Write a thriller story with the line repeated at least 3 times throughout.
- “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it.” Write a story from the perspective of someone who lives by this quote.
- Start your story with this quote by Michael Jordan, “I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
- You meet someone who wants to lose weight but easily gets discouraged. Write 5 inspiring letters to motivate them to keep going.
- You see “Reach out to a friend” posters hanging everywhere to advocate for mental health. Write a letter to someone who is lonely and desperately needs a friend.
- What would you write if you could send a letter to a renowned historical person?
- If you could send a letter to a politician, what would you write?
- Write a letter to your younger self, convincing them not to give up on their dreams.
- Your character finds an old love letter from a previous relationship. What do they do with it?
- A Gratitude Letter: You’ve just been diagnosed with cancer, and you’re going through chemotherapy. Write a letter to your body, thanking it for everything it’s been through.
- Create an essay around the theme, “It’s not about how much you earn, but how much you spend.”
- A character undergoing a financial crisis wins the lottery. Did their life improve? Or did it become worse?
- Write an orphan character who rises through the ranks and becomes a millionaire. What’s their motivation?
- A rich man gives away all his money and lives a life of poverty. Why?
- A carefree couple racks up a large amount of debt, and they have to face the consequences. How do they go about reforming their lives?
- Your character has to choose between love and money. Which do they choose and why?
Out of This World
- You’re on a space mission when you suddenly find yourself stranded on an unknown planet. Describe the planet and your experience.
- You’re a space shuttle pilot, and you encounter a black hole. What happens next?
- Your character is the first human to make contact with aliens. How does the meeting go?
- You’ve been chosen to be the first human to live on Mars. Describe your experience.
- You wake up one day to find that you’ve been turned into an alien. What happens next?
- You’re an alien who is observing humans for the first time. Write your observation notes.
There you have it! A wealth of writing prompts to help get you started. Whether you’re aiming to write a story, poem, or personal essay, we’ve got you covered.
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