20 Quick Creative Writing Prompts

 creative writing promptsCreative writing isn’t always easy. Even the most creative writer sometimes finds himself/herself stuck on a chapter, a scene, or a paragraph.

When that happens, you can always force yourself to go on, or you can take a break. You can also turn to other things that may help bring more out of you – creative writing prompts.

Here are 20 quick creative writing prompts that are fun and “easy”. When you need a break from whatever it is that’s giving you problems, check these out.

1. Write about something ugly–war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.

2. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.

3. There’s a 30-something lady sitting alone at a park bench reading a book. What is she reading? Why is she alone?

4. Write about a character who wakes up to find that he/she is invisible.

5. Pick an object – any object – in the room. Look at it for a minute or two, and then write something revolving around it.

6. Imagine a blind date. The guy thinks it goes wonderfully — amazing chemistry; they have so much in common. The girl thinks it’s a disaster, that he’s a real creep.

7. The beautiful colonial house was not what it seemed from the outside. What secrets does it hold

8. Tell the story of a robbery in the first person, from the point of view of the criminal. Have the criminal tell the story as if he were attempting to convince the reader that his actions were justified.

9. Tell a story with an antagonist who gives a huge amount to a charity every month. What is the charity? Why does he do it?

10. Tell a story with a protagonist who sees unicorns and believes they are real.

11. Write about a street kid who dreams about bumping into a couple who will adopt him.

12. They never thought they’d live a life on the run…

13. I promised myself I would never get in between a husband and his wife, but…

14. One thing I will forever cherish from my childhood…

15. From the moment she opened her eyes, she knew things were going to be bad…

16. He knew his neighborhood like the back of his hand, but he knew he’d never seen that bungalow at the end of the lane his entire life…

17. She couldn’t see a foot in front of her in the blizzard, but she could hear his voice…

18. If only I had listened to my instincts that morning…

19. The most horrible childhood experience that shaped him into the cold man he is today…

20. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…

You might want to read: Creative Writing Contests and Competitions 2014

Sources: Writing Forward, Creative Writing Now

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