What Are Writing Prompts?

What are Writing Prompts?




Our ideas come from everywhere. We can be inspired by art, history, people, experiences, even a conversation we had on the train. But what do you do when you just can’t think of anything to write?

The answer is easy… Use a writing prompt!

The purpose of a writing prompt is to not to create the next great best-seller (Though it might! – Ed) but just to get you writing in a fun, easy going manner.

We suggest starting a new document (or new page if you’re the pen and paper type) and maybe getting a glass of water as well. Now that you’re ready to go, pick a prompt, have a little think about it (no more then five minutes) then just start writing.

We think 15-20 minutes is a good length of time to write. Just keep writing and don’t stop. You can go longer or shorter if you like, but save the editing for later. First drafts area just about laying it all out on the page. So go with it.

Are you ready? Check out all our awesome writing prompts, or see a small section below



 Needle In The Hay Writing Prompts


Check out some of our great writing prompts below:

Writing Prompts For Science Fiction

From space opera and star-faring scifi to more conceptual and speculative fiction like Artificial Intelligence, this list of Science Fiction Writing Prompts has you covered. Here’s an excerpt

Writing Prompt | Falling – The Douglas Adams Writing Prompt

You spontaneously spawn in mid air, falling fast towards the ground. Who are you? What are you? Is there anything you can do in this situation, or just ponder life and accept fate?


 7 Creative Writing Prompts To Get The Ink Flowing

A bunch of writing prompts aimed at stoking the imagination and opening up weird and wonderful ideas. Sample:

Writing Prompt | Tabby Cat

Everyday after school the same Tabby cat follows her home, darting from fence to post, up walls and across roof tops. It’s only when she stops to shoo it away that the girl realises the Tabby cat can talk to her. Not in the way humans converse, but in her mind.

What does the cat tell her?

And what happens next?


Writing Prompts For Fantasy Stories

Whether it’s epic clashes between elves and ogres or haunting tales of magic and the possessed, fantasy stories have the ability to transport us to other worlds, engaging our sense of romance, imagination and adventure. Excerpt:

Writing Prompt | The Lantern

This winter has been the longest in memory, and the town’s reserves are dwindling. You have been elected (on account of drawing the shortest straw) to venture out into the cold and dark and see how the neighbouring town fares. All you have is a bedroll, some warm furs, dried meat, and your trusty lantern.


Writing Prompts For Horror Stories

From crows and homunculus to strange operations and weird experiments, if you’re looking for writing prompts that go bump in the night, you’ll find them here. Excerpt:

Writing Prompt | The Laboratory of No

Five servants, homunculi, stand ready to do your bidding. “What shall we create today, Master?”

Writing Prompts Online


There are a number of great places to find writing prompts online. We’ve listed a few below. If you know of any others, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!



This popular subreddit where users can submit both writing prompts and the stories written to the prompts.



Two blogs in particular Writing Prompts and Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck. You could also try using the writing prompts hashtag if you sign up to tumblr.