Funny writing prompts & ideas— The truth is, writing is serious business. It’s a skill that people of all ages need to have in order to succeed, regardless of what they do for their jobs or in their personal lives.
However, just because you need to take your writing skills seriously doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little bit of fun along the way. In fact, writing should be enjoyable!
Much like beauty, humor is in the eye of the beholder. Whether you want to create a satire masterpiece or you simply want to pen a few funny journals to alleviate some stress, you will find that laughter truly is the best medicine.
You will find that writing about humorous topics or creating funny stories is an enjoyable yet effective way of improving your writing style.
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38 Funny Writing Prompts
Whether you want to write to lighten the mood or you just love to laugh, these funny writing prompts will be the perfect options for your next journal entry.
- Recall your most embarrassing memory, and write a funny story about it.
- Think about the last time that you laughed until you cried. Describe that moment in detail in your journal.
- Imagine that your pet ran your home. Write a short story about what life would be like if your dog, cat, fish or hamster was the animal you had to answer to.
- Write a story about what would happen if your day went in reverse. Hint: The story would begin when you were in your pajamas and ready for bed.
- What was the best joke that you heard during the last week? What made that joke so funny to you?
- Make a list of your favorite puns.
- Write a movie review about the funniest movie that you have ever seen.
- Think about your favorite story from your childhood, such as a fairy tale or fable. Rewrite that story with a humorous twist.
- Imagine an important moment from history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence or when Neil Armstrong took his first steps on the moon. Now, write a story about what would happen if that important historical person happened to show up that day wearing only their underwear.
- Consider this scenario: Would you rather wear your bathing suit in a snowstorm or wear a snowsuit to the beach? Write a story from the point of view of someone who makes this silly mistake.
- Write a character description for a funny person or animal.
- In your opinion, what is the funniest sound word? You might select a word like plop, splat or squish. Write a silly poem about that word.
- Think about a moment when one of your parents or grandparents was extra goofy. Write an in-depth description of that special memory, and discuss how that memory makes you feel.
- At what age do you think a person is at their funniest? Write about why you feel humor peaks at this particular stage of life.
- Pretend that you are going to be performing a stand-up comedy act for your friends and family members. Write a draft of what your act might sound like.
- Write a one-act play with at least three characters. Make sure the play is written to make people laugh out loud from their seats.
- Consider something that you are most scared of, and then write a story about a character encountering that fear. Make sure the character has a reaction to their fear that is so exaggerated it becomes funny.
- Describe the funniest teacher, coach or mentor that you have had in your life. How did their sense of humor help you along the way?
- Write about something funny your brother, sister or best friend did recently. Did they mean for it to be funny? What made the moment so humorous?
- Make a list of the feelings that you feel when you are laughing so hard it hurts.
- Describe a time when humor helped you feel better about a challenging situation.
- How would you describe your own sense of humor? What sense of humor do you relate to the most?
- Write a list of funny excuses that you could use to get out of doing your homework.
- Rewrite a current news story in satire format.
- Think back on a painful memory that has now become funny. How much time had to pass before you felt it was okay to laugh about the situation? Why can you laugh about it now?
- Pretend that you are creating a holiday dedicated entirely to humor. How would you celebrate this day?
- Write step-by-step instructions for creating the perfect joke.
- Make a list of 15 things that you find particularly funny. Why are those things funny to you?
- Write a funny short story in which the main character is your alter ego.
- Imagine that you have been hired to be the curator at a museum dedicated entirely to comedy and laughter. What sorts of exhibits would you create for this space that celebrates all things funny?
- What is something that people from older generations do that you find to be odd or quirky? Why is it funny to you that they have this habit?
- Write a poem describing laughter.
- Make a list of 5 unique knock-knock jokes that no one has ever heard before.
- Have you ever tried to use your own sense of humor to impress someone? Write about whether or not your jokes worked their magic.
- Consider the perspective of your favorite animal. Write a story from their point of view about humans and all of the wild and wacky things that they do.
- Reflect on a funny photograph or image. Write a response about why that image makes you laugh.
- Think about an inside joke that you share with a friend or family member. How did that inside joke come to be?
- Who do you believe is the funniest celebrity? Why?
No matter which form of writing you prefer, the most important thing is that you simply keep on writing!
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