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.
So you ready? Here we go…
Needle In The Hay Writing Prompts
Check out some of our great writing prompts below:
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
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?
A bunch of writing prompts aimed at stoking the imagination and opening up weird and wonderful ideas. Sample:
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?
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:
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.