Free Writing Prompts

Writing Prompts

Improve your writing by starting a daily writing habit.

Want to improve your writing? Start a daily journal (not a “diary,” guys—a journal. BIG difference!). I like to call it a sketchbook. Write in your sketchbook every day for about 15 minutes.

 

Do this every day, and your writer’s block melts, your book happens, you write better!

 

Don’t know what to write about?

 

No worries.  Check out the list of writing prompts below. Pick one that is interesting to you and start writing.

 

You should also check out the 30 Day Writing Challenge, my free online writing class that will help you start a writing habit.

 

 

List of Writing Prompts:

  • What’s the morning routine of a tree?
  • Write a story about a day in the life of a rock.
  • Write a story without using any adjectives.
  • Write a story using only dialogue.
  • Write a story using only the sense of smell.
  • Bullying should be a crime. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
  • You’re a news reporter. Interview a family member or friend about an important family event. Then write a short article.
  • Scribble on the top half of a piece of paper. Then draw a second scribble on the bottom half. Now compare and contrast the scribbles. It’s hard, but it’ll build your description abilities!
  • Go look at three paintings in your house (or look some up on Google). Write a story that begins with the first painting, transitions to the second one, and ends in the third.
  • Pretend you are the leader of a village that is running out of food. What do you do?
  • Write a story about a knight who is going to kill a dragon, but the princess wants to keep the dragon for a pet.
  • Make a list of everything you did in one day. Then pretend you’re on a space ship and rewrite your list for space travel.
  • Think of a conversation that has really inspired you (it doesn’t have to be about writing). Rewrite that conversation to practice writing interesting dialogue.
  • Imagine you’re hiking in the woods and find an something that doesn’t belong there (an iPod, a dead whale, a four-foot skyscraper, etc.). Describe this object and tell a story about how it got there.
  • My cat keeps sitting on my hands and getting in my face as I type so… Imagine that your pet is permanently attached to you. What would your life be like? (If you don’t have a pet, make one up).
  • Pretend you’re a foraging ant in a human house. Write a short adventure about exploring this strange new world. As a forager, you are looking for food, but to make an INTERESTING story, you need some kind of problem. What kind of problems would ants encounter in a human house?
  • When I was little I had an imaginary friend who lived in our hallway air vent. Imagine all the air vents in your house are inhabited by imaginary friends. What do they look like? What do they do all day? How did they get there? When you’re done, tell me how it went.