Would you like inspiration to help with world-building, developing exotic characters, or creating ideas for your next science fiction story? Or perhaps you’re simply trying to overcome writer’s block and want inspiration on, well … anything!
Let’s face it – writers get stuck. Some get stuck a lot. Others not so much. Still, it happens, and when it does, we deal with the situation in our own ways. I dare say, though, that writing prompts are one of the best tools to get unstuck.
Today, how about some horror writing prompts? After all, the spooky season is right around the corner (a quick visit to Walmart attests to that).
One thing I guarantee: they will bring out your dark side.
Whether you are a horror writer or you just want to flex your creative juices, these horror writing prompts ought to send chills down your spine – which may or may not be a good thing.
While Wednesday is traditionally a low day for workers – who wants to be stuck in the middle? – it doesn’t really have much of an effect on many freelancers, does it? For some, however, weekends are sacred. It is time for family. It is “me time”.
For the latter group, then, Hump Day certainly exists. Since I try to keep the weekends free for things I don’t get to do during the week, I usually experience the blues on Wednesday (even though I end up doing some work on the weekends).
Words don’t come easily. My fingers are so uncoordinated I can’t type without making a mistake every 30 seconds. My mind wanders as if it were a leaf being blown by the wind. [Read more…]
We’ve all read romance novels at some point in our lives. Now, as writers, perhaps some of you want to enter the romance novel scene. Whether as a ghostwriter, using your own name, or using a pen name, there will be times when you face a roadblock in your writing.
There are solutions for that. You can wait till your muse comes to visit. You can force your way through the block. Or you can coax those juices with some writing prompts.
Here are some creative writing prompts for romance novels.
1. What is your favorite romantic comedy movie and why? What would change about the movie if you were inserted into one of the main or supporting roles? Talk about these changes and go into extreme details.
2. They were at the altar, about to say their vows. Suddenly, she imagined them as a couple facing issues of divorce. What happens next?
3. You’ve been in love with a high school friend for as long as you can remember but the feeling was never reciprocated – until your paths cross again decades later. Create a scene where chemistry develops between the two of you.
4. Write a romance that is developing when the main character is dealing with intense suicidal thoughts. In some ways, the romance helps her and doesn’t help her. What happens next?
5. Two strangers meeting at an addiction recovery group meeting and how they connect because of one party sharing his/her story. Write about that person’s story.
6. Write a story about two best friends who are fed up trying to find love on their own. They consider trying to start a relationship with each other since they both find each other attractive and know they are great people. However, there is no romance or chemistry between them.
7. Who is your favorite television or movie couple of all time? What is it that made them such a fantastic couple? What can you learn from them in your own life and relationships?
8. Write a romance which starts with the line “I was struck by the horrible stink that seemingly came out of her every pore”.
9. Write a scene starting with the words “He was the kind of person, despite what he thought, who never really knew what love was.”
10. “It all began when her car hit me at full speed while I was crossing the street…”
11. Write about two people meeting at an old abandoned house, getting stuck there overnight, and how they fell in love.
12. Write about two seemingly ordinary people get married only to find out later that one is a murderer.
13. Start a scene with “Dining alone, I ordered the most expensive bottle of wine they had on the menu. Little did I know that would change my life.”
14. I woke up in a surreal world without any idea where I was, and then this shadowy figure came out of nowhere…
15. Even though Jake the last of the pancakes, Leonard couldn’t find it in himself to get worked up about it.
16. He loved here. But he feared her more.
17. He did something wrong in the past, period. Although she wasn’t the victim, it was pretty bad. How can she be sure he’s changed? (Via)
18. They met on a trip almost a decade ago, and sparks flew. They live worlds apart and haven’t seen each other since then, only keeping in touch now and then on social media. Now, they’re planning on meeting up again.
19. You’re at the aquarium when your boyfriend, a diver, jumps into one of the large tanks holding a plastic sign that reads: “Will you marry me?” Just then the woman next to you shrieks and bursts into tears. (Via)
20. She walked up and down the beach every day at 6 A.M., a red shawl always wrapped around her. What’s her story?
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Just like zombiecalypse (or apocalypse) believers have a survival pack ready and accessible for when the end of the world comes, a writer ought to have an emergency pack he can rely on when things go haywire.
We can go the simplistic route and call it writer’s block (although the block is not that simple when it comes to the point). Sometimes, though, it’s not that bad a block. Perhaps you just need a little jumpstart.
That’s where the Writer Emergency Pack can help you.
The Writer Emergency Pack started out as a Kickstarter project by John August, who is a writer himself.
John, a screenwriter, came up with the idea of creating a pack of cards that contain suggestions that gives writers a nudge when they get stuck – whether it’s on a plot point or on characters that don’t connect.
Let’s say the Writer Emergency Pack is kind of a collection of writing prompts – only made more fun.
The Kickstarter project has been funded – quite successfully, too! The original goal was $9,000, and it got more than $150,000 in backing.
Thanks to writers who found the idea brilliant, the pack will be available for purchase soon. If you’re interested in getting one for yourself, visit the official page and sign up to be notified when the Writer Emergency Pack becomes available.
Here’s a question for you: Do you have your own “emergency pack”? Why not tell us about it in the comments?
You might also want to read: When Writer’s Block Hits and Brute Force Just Doesn’t Cut It
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. [Read more…]
Are you stuck on something today? Are you having trouble getting a paragraph/chapter just the way you want it to?
Maybe you ought to take a break. Maybe you have to do or write something totally different from what you are supposed to be working on.
Or maybe, you just want to write something totally new, something not related to work – even if you’re not stuck.
Here are seven writing prompts that may get you out of your comfort zone, maybe give you a laugh, or maybe even take you to a state where you realize you are more creative than you think.
Disney princesses as hipsters
Retell a story – with a twist
Two kinds of people
Tell this story
I hope at least one of these writing prompts help you! Do you have your own writing prompts to share? Let us know in the comments below.