Writer’s block sucks and the internet is packed full of writing prompts that just aren’t good. Below is a list of prompts that have either worked for me or have been just enough to spark an idea and get me writing again.
- Earth is actually an animal sanctuary designed specifically to preserve a critically endangered species: Humans. Today, the first reintroduction of Earth bred humans into the wild will take place.
2. Use the first line of a nursery rhyme as the first line of a dark narrative.
3. Write a scene where a phobia stops a character from doing something important. What is the phobia? Who does he or she disappoint?
4. Every person is born with a twin. One is evil and one is good. Your twin died at birth; the government isn’t sure which one you are. They make their best guess and send you to one of the territories when you turn sixteen. They choose wrong; how do you proceed?
5. It is now legal for children to be sent to jail with adults. Your new cellmate is a six year old.
6. You are a kid’s imaginary friend. He’s growing up. You’re fading away.
7. Pick up the book closest to you. Open it to page 35. Take a sentence from the middle of the page and use it as a writing prompt.
8. You stumble upon old home videos of you and your siblings as toddlers. Nostalgia fades when you realize something isn’t quite right.
9. You experience a close call in which your life flashes before your eyes, but the visuals and memories are from someone else’s life.
10. A writer slowly goes crazy as his characters start talking to him.
11. Your character is given a list of names. Why?
12. Every hundred years the Seven Deadly sins meet in hell for a tournament. The winner earns the right to be humanity’s most prominent sin until the next tournament comes around.
13. His voice brought back memories of dark rooms and broken bones.
14. You come to the realisation that the fence around the orphanage is to keep the public safe from the kids not the other way around.
15. She sat in the emergency ward, wondering why it had been her that was spared.
16. “It was just a job. Three years watching her through the machine. And maybe a little part of me fell in love with her because I wished she knew who I was. Until she did. “
If you’re still stuck you should check out some of the site these prompts came from. The majority are from Proptuarium a blog I highly recommend you check out for more awesome fiction prompts. Feel free to share your own prompt ideas in the comments. Good luck and happy writing!