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Write a poem or story or journal entry inspired by a carnival or street fair. Write about someone who grew up in the country visiting the city for the first time. Write about questions you have for the universe. Use a photo of a staircase or the stairs in your home or a building you love to inspire you. Think of the life of a stray cat or dog and write about that. Create a poem or story about something you could watch forever.

Do they inspire you or do you not like the noise and commotion? Write about a moment in your life you wish you could freeze and preserve. Write about something you are very knowledgeable about, for example a favorite hobby or passion of yours. Did you keep that promise? Read the News Today: Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line. Write about taking your favorite or least-favorite form of transportation.

If you could invent a gadget, what would it do? Are there any gadgets that make your life easier? Bring on the Cheese: Write a tacky love poem that is so cheesy, it belongs on top of a pizza. There is a bizarre holiday for any date! Visit your favorite blog or your feedreader and craft a story, journal entry, or poem based on the latest blog post you read. Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely? Angels or other mystical creatures — use them as inspiration.

Write a poem about being able to see-through something. Record yourself speaking, then write down what you spoke and revise into a short story or poem.

Listen to music with a strong rhythm or listen to drum loops. Write something that goes along with the beat you feel and hear. Search online for color palettes and be inspired to write by one you resonate with. Randomly flip to a page in a magazine and write using the first few words you see as an opening line. The Grass is Greener: Write something that would motivate others to workout and exercise. Write something that makes a shape on the page…ie: Create a poem that uses Onomatopoeia.

What Time is It? Write about the time of day it is right now. What are people doing? What do you usually do at this time each day? Or do you hate parties? Choose a common cliche, then write something that says the same thing but without using the catch phrase. Write about going green or an environmental concern you have. Think of a time when you had to let someone or something go to be free…did they come back?

Write about packing for a trip or unpacking from when you arrive home. Choose a word and write an acrostic poem where every line starts with a letter from the word. Open up the newspaper or find a crossword puzzle online and choose one of the clues to use as inspiration for your writing. Write about a pair of gloves — what kind of gloves are they? Who wears them and why? How Does Your Garden Grow?

Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place. Write a poem or journal entry that is all about things you are thankful for. Choose an element and write a poem or story that uses that word in one of the lines. Old Endings Into New Beginnings: Take an old poem, story, or journal entry of yours and use the last line and make it the first line of your writing today. Write a motivational poem or journal entry about positive traits that make you who you are. What is at the end of a rainbow?

Or, take a cue from Kermit the Frog, and ask yourself, why are there so many songs about rainbows? Take some time to visit a nearby museum with your journal. Write about one of the pieces that speaks to you. Think of your favorite cartoon or comic. Write a poem or story that takes place in that setting.

Imagine you could stand on a rooftop and broadcast a message to everyone below — what would you say? If there was a time period you could visit for a day, where would you go? Write about traveling back in time to that day. Write about your favorite place in your neighborhood to visit and hang out at. Write about places you like to hide things at. What was a favorite hiding spot for you as a child playing hide-and-seek?

Imagine how life might be different if you could change your hair color or clothing into something completely opposite from your current style. Write about your feelings of empathy or compassion for another person. Write about being bored or make a list of different ways to entertain yourself.

Write about someone who always wants more — whether it be money, power, etc. Write something inspired by what you see. Write a short modern version of the story of Romeo and Juliet or think of real-life examples of lovers who are not allowed to be together to use as inspiration for your writing. Take a look at your calendar and use the schedule for inspiration in writing. Go through a magazine and cut out words that grab your attention. Use these words to construct a poem or as a story starter or inspiration for your journal.

Write a poem about what you do when you are alone — do you feel lonely or do you enjoy your own company? Write about the movement, flow, and energy. Go through a fashion magazine or browse fashion websites online and write about a style you love.

Open your mailbox and write something inspired by one of the pieces of mail you received. Write from the perspective of someone who works at a hotel or staying at a hotel.

Write about sea creatures and under water life. What adventures might be waiting? Take a few minutes to do some deep breathing relaxation techniques. Once your mind is clear, just write the first few things that you think of. Make up a poem or story of complete lies about yourself or someone else. Look at the recent obituaries online or in the newspaper and imagine the life of someone and write about that person. Rummage through your pockets and write about what you keep or find in your pockets.

Write about witnessing two people get in an argument with each other. Visit your favorite Social Networking website ie: Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Twitter, etc. Go cloud watching for the day and write about what you imagine in the clouds. Take some time to sit on a park bench and write about the sights, scenes, and senses and emotions you experience.

Should, Would, And Could: Write a poem or story using the words should, would, and could. Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. Write for a Cause: Write a poem or essay that raises awareness for a cause you support. Out of the Box: Imagine finding a box. What is something has impacted you positively in your life?

Imagine you can fast forward and rewind your life with a remote control. Think of objects, animals, etc. Light at the End of the Tunnel: Write about a time when you saw hope when it seemed like a hopeless situation.

Write about being stranded somewhere — an island, a bus stop, etc. Use a popular quote from a speaker and use it as inspiration for your writing. Mind Map it Out: Create a mind map of words, phrases, and ideas that pop into your head or spend some time browsing the many mind maps online. Write a poem, story, or journal entry inspired by the mind map. Read your email today and look for subject lines that may be good starters for writing inspiration.

Spend some time today doodling for about minutes. Write about the thoughts you had while doodling or create something inspired by your finished doodle. Imagine you are in a classroom. What does it say on the chalkboard? Imagine going somewhere very dark with only a flashlight to guide you. A Far Away Place: Envision yourself traveling to a fictional place, what do you experience in your imaginary journey? Write about a promise you want to make to yourself and keep. Write a poem that is about a brick wall — whether literally or figuratively.

Write about a time when you had to make a difficult choice. Write about someone who is not accepted by their peers. Write about a scary or not-so-scary monster in your closet or under the bed.

Make a list of potential poem or story titles and choose one to write from. Write a poem that will help someone who is sick feel better quick! Write about walking down a sidewalk and what you see and experience. Write about an old house that is abandoned or being renovated. Is there a cluttered spot in your home? Go through some of that clutter today and write about what you find or the process of organizing. Use a memorable conversation from a favorite movie to inspire your writing. Choose from a list of idioms one that speaks to you and create a poem around that saying or phrase.

Imagine ordinary objects have come to life. Write about what they do and say. Write about meeting someone on an airplane and a conversation you might have.

Take some time to peruse your medicine cabinet or the health and beauty aisles at a local store. Write a poem, short story, or journal entry inspired by a product label. Listen to some instrumental music and write a poem that matches the mood, beat, and style of the music. Do you know your personality type? There are many free quizzes online — write about what type of personality traits you have. Choose a favorite decade and write about it.

Write about a letter that never made it to its recipient. The Windows of the Soul: Go through your file box and pull out old receipts or records…write something inspired by what you find! Write about something that happened by chance in a positive way. Word of the Day: Go to a website that has a word of the day and use it in a poem, story or journal entry you write. Write about a time when someone forgave you or you forgave someone.

Random Act of Kindness: Imagine living in a home underground and use that as inspiration for writing. Pick a classic rock love ballad and rewrite it into a story or poem with a similar theme. Look at some motivational posters online and write a poem or journal entry inspired by your favorite one.

Write about the games people play — figuratively or literally. Write about a point in life where things turned for the better or worse. Review your week, month, or year in a journal entry or poem format. Write about a detective searching for clues or solving a mystery. Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take. Did you write a poem, short story, or journal entry every day for a whole year?

We hope you enjoy these creative writing prompts! I have been on a reading binge since being on vacation from school. I stumbled across this while looking up unit supplements for my kiddos, and thought, hey, write a page a day and see what happens! Thank you for this collection of prompts! This is such a helpful tool! Definitely a recomended sight! I am new at the blogging game. You have provided some wonderful ideas for blog posts.

Great ideas just to get used to writing every day. This list is really impressive and useful for those of us who are looking for good topics to blog about. Thanks for compiling and posting it.

Wow, thanks so much for all these wonderful prompts! They are lots of fun and very helpful. I use this for my homeschooling-I love it! Thank you so much!! This is a wonderful list. Thank you for consideration. What I like most about these is how you can combine them and get really weird ideas.

For example, empathy from the rooftops: It might be fun to try, and then write a diary about it. Could it change our language or customs? I really love the list of writing ideas you have compiled here. I will be using it and others to get myself back into writing every single day if I can be away with it.

Also, I have noticed a few problems with this list. One is a repeat topic. Those are numbers 76 and And you skipped a number. And have only days of writing. All these ideas are absolutely amazing and awesome ideas! I commend you for putting it all together in an easy to read format too. Thank you so very much. Wonderful compilation of ideas! I will send your blog along to my many Creative Writing students.

Thank you very much! You are such a life developer, who can virtually transform a life busy with unnecessary activities humans are posted to through internet. Thanks to the proponent of this great idea. Damn this shit is disappointing. My therapist wants me to write more and these prompts are perfect! This is fun i will keep doing this no matter what every year. Thanks for making this, it is very fun. Imagine that the scientists could replace the human brains with computers or invent the computers with human feelings.

What do you think would happen? Would the world become a better place to live in??? I like that they are more than just one word and give me something to think about before I start creating each day as a warm up to what is ahead.

We may receive compensation for products we feature on our website. Here are Creative Writing Prompts to Inspire: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.

Write about the experience! Write something inspired by a recent dream you had. Write about being friends with someone. Smoke, Fog, and Haze: Write about not being able to see ahead of you. Write something so sweet, it makes your teeth hurt. Why is it closed? What makes you smile? What makes you happy? Write about a teacher that has influenced you. Write about a piece of jewelry. Who does it belong to? Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear. Write about a recent conflict.

Write about putting together the pieces of puzzles. Write about building a fire. Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse. What might be happening here? Write a poem about getting covered in mud.

Write about coming out of the dark and seeing the light. Write about the power you felt when you told someone no. It goes round and round. How do you get there? Write a story or journal entry influenced by a photograph. Write about waking up. Write about a very fragile or delicate object. Write about making mistakes. Write about flavors and tastes or a favorite spice of yours.

Write about a phone call you recently received. Write a poem or short story using your name in some way or form. Write about a recipe for something abstact, such as a feeling. Choose a famous painting and write about it. The easiest and perhaps more cliched way to draw an adult audience in is to create the standard Every Man Character allow me to pause and cringe at that phrase.

This character is usually a mediocre slob who anyone -- and I mean anyone -- can relate to. This tactic ensures that the audience can project, inserting themselves into the fantasy and its world and therefore, giving them the escapist fantasy they paid for. The point of this challenge is to drag you out of your comfort zone and teach you different ways of delivering a story. Challenging myself to first person perspective was fun, taught me a lot about the pros and cons of third person, and.

I wrote an entire novel out of it. You get stuck, you can't think, so you look for one of those word generators to get your juices going. I personally enjoy using word generators because of the spontaneity you can produce in your stories from them.

I've gotten a few very interesting chapters based on a random word that popped up in the generator. One of my novels opens with a character publicly tripping and pretending he didn't because the word generator gave me the word "tripped. What I did was, I turned this exercise into a challenge. I decided that for every novel I wrote that year, I would use a word generator for the very first chapter. Whatever word I was given would have to be in the first sentence of the novel.

I also went a bit further by choosing random letters that would be the first letter in the name of each chapter. For instance, in one novel I chose the letter "w" and then every chapter title had to begin with "w. Make writing fun, go wild! That's the way it should be -- not some hair-pulling drudgery we do out of desperation while crawling on our bellies through hot coals for validation.

The point is to try something different and new. If you're used to writing very long novels, try writing flash fiction. If you've only ever written flash fiction, try writing a novel. Last year, I tried writing flash fiction, and it gave me a new appreciation for writers of short fiction.

The challenge of squeezing beginning, middle, and end into a spare few words was incredible for me, the long-winded novelist whose page books always have to be butchered down to As it turned out, I was rather bad at flash fiction. A very gentle editor told me so, suggesting that I should lengthen the story I submitted into an actual novel.

Again, the point of these challenges are to try new things and discover new ways of storytelling. How to Write a Novel Backwards. To comment on this article, you must sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

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I really hate peas. You really hate peas. An example of this would be The Nightmare Before Christmas where the narrator says, "You probably wonder where holidays come from. If you haven't, I'd say it's time you begun! The easiest way to pull an adult into a story is to give them a character they can project onto. And that brings me to the third perspective we were headed that direction anyway, though. She really hated peas. The glass was half-full. Use a Word Prompt.

Or longer fiction, as the case may be. You can't take the novel out of the novelist. So get to it! This website uses cookies As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.

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