Creative writing can be so much fun, and it builds important writing skills. The best way to improve your writing skills is to make sure you’re writing daily. Of course, sometimes it can be tough to figure out what to write about as you hone your skills.
Creative writing prompts provide some inspiration to help you get into the inventive state of mind.
Practice regularly and you’ll build your skills in many different storytelling elements, such as dialogue, character, point of view, and more. Most importantly, you’ll engage your brain and have a whole lot of fun.
Whether you’re eight years old or 80 years old, here are some creative writing prompts that will help you improve your creating writing skills.
Creative Writing Prompts for Writers (age 8 -80!)
- While you’re at a favorite Chinese restaurant, you open a fortune cookie and read this message: “You are in great danger. Leave the city and tell no one.” What do you do?
- Write a short scene about two people who see each other for the very first time. What do they notice about each other? What are they thinking?
- Think about a recent dream you had. Write a short story inspired by one of your dreams.
- You’re working in the garden when you suddenly come across a huge diamond. What happens?
- Create a piece of writing that includes the following words: draw, high, pencil, bubble, open, perilous, bit, corner.
- Open your dictionary to a random word. Read the definition. Write a story that uses that word.
- Invent a new type of sandwich. Describe what you put on the sandwich and how you make it.
- Pretend you are a dog for a day. Write about a day in the life of a dog from your perspective.
- Think about one of your favorite movie characters. Write a short story about that character suddenly appearing in another movie.
- You walk into your room and open a drawer. You see a disturbing photo you’ve never seen before…
- When you go to a garage sale, you purchase an antique desk and bring it home. Once home, you open the drawers and find something incredible in the very back of the drawer…
- A guest from a local hotel disappears. A detective is called in to investigate. Describe how he searches the guest’s room from the first person point of view.
- A character in your story is going to the beach for the very first time. Describe the beach from that character’s point of view.
- Where is your favorite place to escape when you need to be alone? Describe that place in 500 words using all your senses: Sound, sight, smell, touch, and taste.
- You walk into your home. It’s completely different than when you left. Describe all the changes in décor, furniture, etc. No one is home. What’s going on?
- Write a story about something that scares you. Describe how you feel when you’re scared and how you react.
- You have a million dollars, but it all has to be given away. You have 24 hours to give it away. How do you accomplish this and who do you give the money to?
- What if your mirror started to talk to you? What would your mirror say to you?
- Choose one of your favorite photos and then write a story based upon that photo.
- Write a story about a time you made a mistake. Why did you make the mistake? What happened after the mistake was made?
- If you were a painter, what would you paint as a mural on your bedroom walls? Use plenty of details to describe what you would paint and how you would paint it.
- If I would have known then what I know now, I would have never… Finish the story in 500 words.
- Write about a character who is waiting for their job interview. What is the character thinking? What are they worried about?
- Turn on your music playlist. Push play and use words from the song or the title of the first song as the basis for a story.
- Write a story scene in which two best friends are fighting and it looks like their disagreement may dissolve the friendship permanently. You decide on why they are fighting. At the end, try to show a little sliver of hope that they may be able to reconcile.
- Choose a famous painting and write a story about why the artist created it.
- Write a story about a time you were caught doing something that was embarrassing.
- Spend some time watching people around you. Choose one person (someone you don’t know) and write a story about their day.
- Scroll through Facebook and pick a random status update. Use it to create a story using that person’s words.
- You have created a new magic potion that cures cancer. What is in the potion? How does it work? What will you do with it?
- Think of five adjectives and write them down. Use these five adjectives to write a story.
- Think about your favorite fairy tale. Rewrite the fairy tale to make it modern or come up with a new ending for the fairy tale.
- Write a story that is inspired by a recent trip to a street fair, carnival, or other special event. Use very descriptive words to tell about what you saw, heard, smelled, etc.
Until next time, keep on writing…
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