Use These Writing Prompts to Write a Story:

  • You just moved into your dream neighborhood only to find your most hate rival has purchased a house right next to yours. You can’t move the house  because …
  • Your villain behaves with calculated forethought. They are someone who plans wicked deeds with Genius precision. They like to use dimwitted assistants. What is their next move?
  • You have been invited to a gala. The individual sent over to confirm your attendance informs you …
  • You just finished preparations for a diner party when you receive word that a prominent official plans to attend with a rat that speaks with the voice of a man.
  • Your cousin is a trickster who delights in engineering misfortune, you must find him a job.
  • You must design a machine to prevent people from losing their way.
  • You believe the forest behind your house holds divine importance … but it’s about to be torn down to make way for a shopping mall.
  • The room was filled with scrolls, books, maps mystic orbs, and sacred totems – all containing wisdom. Even someone who is not gifted with exceptional wisdom or intelligence can acquire something that holds valuable information. What do you acquire?
  • You become the holder of a dark secret – too dangerous for the rest of the world to know. Too valuable to be lost. How will you keep it hidden away?
  • Your allies have the power to split mountains, part seas, and walk between raindrops. What gift would be worthy of them?
  • Six men in dark clothing are about to … or have already … stolen the …
  • Even with your years of experience, you have only seen something like this once. You know a bit about it, thanks to years of study.
  • You seen a lot of weird and unexplainable stuff in your time, but this one takes the cake.
  • You have grown past the need for this tool. You once depended on it to practice your trade, but other things have made it completely unnecessary.


Write a Different Story Starting Wth One of These Famous Opening Lines:

  • All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
  • Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, he was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.
  • All this happened, more or less.
  • All children, except one, grow up.
  • This is not for you.
  • There once was a boy named Clarence, and he almost deserved it.
  • The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel….
  • Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.
  • A screaming comes across the sky.
  • The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.
  • If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth.
  • Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo.
  • This is the saddest story I have ever heard.

Smoke and mirrors

  • It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
  • Somewhere in la Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember, a gentleman lived not long ago, one of those who has a lance and ancient shield on a shelf and keeps a skinny nag and a greyhound for racing.
  • Mother died today
  • Every summer he returned to Goose Village to divorce his wife.
  • I am a sick man . . . I am a spiteful man.
  • Once an angry man dragged his father along the ground through his own orchard. "Stop!" cried the groaning old man at last, "Stop! I did not drag my father beyond this tree."
  • It was like so, but wasn't.
  • For a long time, I went to bed early.
  • The moment one learns English, complications set in
  • Dr. Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature
  • Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board
  • I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story.
  • It was the day my grandmother exploded.
  • We started dying before the snow, and like the snow, we continued to fall
  • It was a pleasure to burn
  • A story has no beginning or end; arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead

Look back...

  • Having placed in my mouth sufficient bread for three minutes' chewing, I withdrew my powers of sensual perception and retired into the privacy of my mind, my eyes and face assuming a vacant and preoccupied expression.
  • In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street.
  • Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.
  • I have never begun a novel with more misgiving.
  • Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person
  • The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.
  • In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since
  • You better not never tell nobody but God.
  • It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn't know what I was doing in New York.
  • Granted: I am an inmate of a mental hospital; my keeper is watching me, he never lets me out of his sight; there's a peephole in the door, and my keeper's eye is the shade of brown that can never see through a blue-eyed type like me.
  • In the late summer of that year we lived in a house in a village that looked across the river and the plain to the mountains
  • He was an inch, perhaps two, under six feet, powerfully built, and he advanced straight at you with a slight stoop of the shoulders, head forward, and a fixed from-under stare which made you think of a charging bull

Bull by the Horns

  • The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. 
  • Justice?—You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.
  • I write this sitting in the kitchen sink
  • I am an American, Chicago born—Chicago, that somber city—and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way: first to knock, first admitted; sometimes an innocent knock, sometimes a not so innocent
  • The towers of Zenith aspired above the morning mist; austere towers of steel and cement and limestone, sturdy as cliffs and delicate as silver rods.
  • He was born with a gift of laughter and a sense that the world was mad.
  • Psychics can see the color of time it's blue
  • In the town, there were two mutes and they were always together.


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If you want to become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. Writing prompts are useful because we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! To help you brainstorm, we put together this list of creative writing prompts/images to give you something to write about daily. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal – these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas for topics to write about!


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