Over 2000 Writing Prompts for Procrastinators

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Reflective Prompts

  1. What are your plans for this weekend?
  2. Write 5 affirmations for when you are feeling low.
  3. What is the best book you have read recently?
  4. How have you grown this year?
  5. What are the most important life lessons you have learned?
  6. Have trouble sleeping? What’s keeping you up?
  7. What is the last dream you remember?
  8. Name the three biggest priorities in your life right now.
  9. What are your biggest fears?
  10. Do you have a fear that is stopping you from achieving your goals?
  11. Name three challenges…. and three ways to overcome them.
  12. Write down your ultimate way to relax.
  13. What would you do if you were granted three wishes?
  14. How about if you were given five wishes?
  15. Name three bad habits you would like to change.
  16. What was the last show you went to?
  17. Do you have a secret talent you are hiding?
  18. Add some more items to your bucket list…if you don’t have a bucket list, start one.
  19. What is your biggest regret?
  20. Think about someone you really love. Write about the person that came to mind.
  21. List the best 10 moments of your life so far.
  22. What 5 things are you grateful for this week?
  23. Name the one thing you are most grateful for in your life at this moment.
  24. Write about 5 amazing childhood memories you are grateful for.
  25. Which people in your life are you most grateful for.
  26. Write about something that made you smile today.
  27. When were you last surprised?
  28. What is the most exhilarating thing that has happened to you this year?
  29. Name a challenge you have overcome and how it helped you to grow.
  30. How can you show gratitude more?
  31. What are 3 things that have happened to you which were difficult but you are now grateful for the experience?
  32. Keep a food tracker for the day.
  33. Make a meal planner. Head to our meal planning post for ideas.
  34. Write down your measurements and weight so you can compare later.
  35. What is your favorite way to exercise?
  36. Did you make healthy choices today?
  37. Name one simple way you can take a step to be healthier.
  38. How can you make activity part of your normal routine?
  39. What is your favorite food?
  40. List your fitness and health goals.
  41. Are you feeling stressed?
  42. Keep a mood or habit tracker to help understand your mental health.
  43. Think about what triggers your stress, emotions, poor eating habits.
  44. What is a bad habit you would like to change? What actionable steps can you take to make it happen?
  45. What are your top 10 goals?
  46. Write down actionable steps to help you reach a goal.
  47. What is your 1-year goal?
  48. What is your 5-year goal?
  49. What is your 10-year goal?
  50. If you could start life again, would you? What would you change?
  51. Who is someone that inspires you and why?
  52. Is there a hobby you would like to start?
  53. Name a skill you would love to learn.
  54. What kind of person do you aspire to be?
  55. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  56. Write about the first memory you have.
  57. Describe your childhood.
  58. Do you have an embarrassing moment that still makes you cringe?
  59. Which was your best birthday ever and why?
  60. What was a hobby you loved as a kid?
  61. Write about your favorite memory with your parents.
  62. What was your favorite toy?
  63. What is your best memory with some of the special people in your life?
  64. What is a memory that always makes you smile?
  65. Where is the place you would like to visit the most?
  66. What has been your best trip so far?
  67. Who is the person you would like to travel with the most and why?
  68. If you could go back in time, where would you go?
  69. Describe your dream vacation.
  70. Write about a road trip you would love to take.
  71. How does seeing somewhere new make you feel?
  72. What is a food you would love to try from a different country?
  73. What is the worst vacation you have ever had?
  74. Name 10 places you would love to see.
  75. Write your day in bullet points.
  76. Do your current friendships and relationships bring joy to you?
  77. What is your biggest concern right now?
  78. Do you think you are a positive or negative person?
  79. What are your best qualities?
  80. Could you be a better friend?
  81. Could you be a better partner/wife/husband/mother/father/daughter or Son?
  82. Write about your top five personal strengths.
  83. What things change your mood from positive to negative?
  84. Make a list of 10 affirmations that will lift your mood.
  85. Do you have a morning routine? Can it be improved?
  86. How are you feeling today?
  87. Are you honest with yourself? If you’re not, how can you change it?
  88. Describe your day in bullet points.
  89. Talk about what you will be doing this weekend.
  90. Are you happy with your current friendships and/or relationships?
  91. Do you feel happy with your life right now?
  92. What are 3 things you can do this week to help improve your life?
  93. What is the number one biggest concern for you?
  94. Are you more of a positive or negative person?
  95. Why do you think that is?
  96. What are your best qualities?
  97. What do you think are the best qualities in other people? 
  98. How can you be a better friend?
  99. How can you be a better boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife?
  100. What do you believe are some strengths of yours?
  101. Do you think you value yourself enough?
  102. How can you develop a more positive mindset?
  103. What is something you are struggling with?
  104. Describe the times when your mind went to negative thoughts today.
  105. Is there one specific thing you are trying to work on?
  106. Do you believe you are a good person?
  107. What was the best part of your day?
  108. What is your current morning routine, and how can you improve it?
  109. Do you feel happy today?
  110. What is a personal goal of yours?
  111. Describe your first job.
  112. Are you happy with your current job?
  113. What was your dream job when you were a kid?
  114. How has that dream job changes as you have gotten older?
  115. Where is your career heading?
  116. What actions can you take to make that dream a reality?
  117. What are some ways you can one day work your dream job?
  118. If you are happy at your current company, are there ways to advance?
  119. How can you do better in your job to get those promotions?
  120. What is your favorite part of your current job?
  121. Describe 3 fun memories from your past jobs.
  122. Describe 3 work mistakes you have made, and how you can avoid them in the future.
  123. Are you trying to start your own business?
  124. Describe that business.
  125. Start working through a brief business plan for the business.
  126. List some actionable tasks for your dream business.
  127. List education or classes you need for the business you want to start.
  128. Are you happy with how your business did last year?
  129. How can you change your mindset to improve it this year?
  130. What are some ways you can improve your business TODAY?
  131. What are some personal goals of yours?
  132. Name some actionable steps required to achieve your goals.
  133. What is your 1-year goal?
  134. What is your 5-year goal?
  135. What is your 10-year goal?
  136. Have you thought about your ultimate, long-term personal goal?
  137. Who or what do you aspire to be?
  138. What is your goal for next week?
  139. What are some things you would like to accomplish next month?
  140. Do you have some important things to accomplish this year?
  141. Do you have a bucket list?
  142. If you started a bucket list, what are 10 things you would love to do?
  143. Are you where you thought you would be at this age?
  144. Who is someone that inspires you?
  145. What is a movie you can watch that always cheers you up?
  146. Is there a book you always turn to for a certain type of mood?
  147. What type of music do you find uplifting?
  148. Is there a skill you want to learn?
  149. What hobbies would you like to learn how to do?
  150. If you could excel at one musical instrument, what would it be?
  151. If you could start your life over, would you?
  152. What is one thing about your life you would willingly change?
  153. What is something that was difficult, but you would never change?
  154. What is a mistake today that you believe you learned from?
  155. Name something you are proud of today.
  156. Write down everything you ate today.
  157. Take your weight and measurements and compare in another week.
  158. What is something you can do to be physically healthier?
  159. Do you feel like you made healthy choices today?
  160. How can you be better tomorrow?
  161. What is your favorite type of workout?
  162. How can you incorporate this workout into your regular schedule?
  163. What is a FUN activity that also helps you stay active?
  164. Name your all-time favorite food.
  165. Is there a way to cook this to be a little healthier? Write about some options.
  166. Do you have any fitness goals? List them here.
  167. Describe what you need to make your fitness goals a reality.
  168. Who would be a good workout buddy for you?
  169. How can you schedule in more time for your health and wellness?
  170. How do you feel your mental health is?
  171. Do you have any mental health disorders?
  172. Is anything causing you stress today?
  173. Start listing triggers for stress, anxiety, or depression.
  174. Eliminate one bad habit, then see how you feel in a week.
  175. Keep track of your mental health signs and symptoms for one month.
  176. Who is your best friend now?
  177. Who was your best friend in elementary school?
  178. Do you remember your very first friend?
  179. Who is someone you used to be friends with, but aren’t any longer? Do you remember why you grew apart?
  180. Who is someone from your childhood you would like to find again?
  181. If you could talk to one person right now, who would it be?
  182. Write a letter to your childhood friend.
  183. What is your family life like?
  184. Are you happy with your relationships with your family?
  185. When was the last time you talked to your mom/dad? (or other parent)
  186. Do you have a significant other? Talk about them.
  187. Do you have kids? Talk about them.
  188. Describe 3 of your kids’ favorite things to do.
  189. Talk about a memory between you and a sibling.
  190. What is one of your favorite pastimes with your cousins?
  191. Are your grandparents alive? Do you get to visit them often?
  192. Who is a distant family member you would love to be with right now?
  193. Write a letter to a family member who has passed, who you would love to catch up with.
  194. Do you have any family pets?
  195. Describe each pet and your favorite thing about them.
  196. Are there other pets you would love to get?
  197. What is your favorite board game to play with friends?
  198. Plan a game night with your family.
  199. What is your favorite family activity?
  200. Do you have one favorite memory from your childhood?
  201. What is the very first memory you remember?
  202. Do you know what your first words were?
  203. What was your first day of school like?
  204. Describe what your childhood was like.
  205. Draw a picture of how you think your school years went.
  206. What is something you are embarrassed about, many years later?
  207. Describe a time in your life when you really learned a hard lesson.
  208. List your 3 favorite birthdays and what makes them your favorite.
  209. What did you do for your 10th birthday?
  210. Did you have a special 16th birthday party?
  211. What is a hobby you loved as a kid, but no longer participate in?
  212. What was your favorite cartoon?
  213. What is a movie you loved watching with your family?
  214. Name a memory with your parents.
  215. Can you remember the first time you went to the movie theater?
  216. How old were you when you drove for the first time?
  217. If you could sum up high school with one word, what would it be?
  218. Did you attend any high school dances?
  219. Are you happy with your life so far?
  220. What is an embarrassing moment you would love to re-do?
  221. What has been the best part of your life so far?
  222. When you want to cheer up, what is one memory that always comes to mind?
  223. What is something that is a little fuzzy, and you wish you could remember better?
  224. What is a toy you loved as a kid?
  225. What is your favorite season?
  226. Why do you love this season so much?
  227. What weather do you wish it was right now?
  228. What is your favorite holiday?
  229. Describe a past memory from this holiday.
  230. If you could wake up each day and it would be one holiday or season, which would you choose?
  231. What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?
  232. What do you love about fall?
  233. What is something you love doing every winter?
  234. In the spring, what part is your favorite?
  235. Describe a past Christmas you will never forget.
  236. Do you dress up for Halloween?
  237. If you used to Trick-or-Treat, tell some memories.
  238. How does your family celebrate Thanksgiving?
  239. Name 3 holidays you are looking forward to this year.
  240. Write a letter to yourself – about the things you LOVE about yourself.
  241. List 5 things you can do for yourself today.
  242. Come up with 10 things you can do for yourself this month.
  243. Spend 5 minutes writing about any subject, using this time to reflect on yourself and your life at the moment.
  244. Name a place you would go right now if you could go anywhere.
  245. Did you imagine you would be alone, or with someone else?
  246. Meditate for 5 minutes, then write about the experience.
  247. Take 10 minutes a day to do something all for you, then journal about the experience.
  248. What are 7 things that bring you a sense of peace?
  249. Who are 5 people that make you feel loved?
  250. What is 1 activity that cheers you up, no matter what?
  251. What is a compliment you love to get?
  252. Have you complimented yourself today?
  253. What is your best physical quality?
  254. What is your best inner quality?
  255. What makes you special?
  256. Why do you appreciate yourself and your life?
  257. What do you feel you deserve in a romantic partner?
  258. What are some words you always try to live by?
  259. How can you love yourself more?
  260. Describe your perfect day.
  261. Delve deeper – who were you with, where did you go, what makes that the perfect day?
  262. When do you feel happy in your skin?
  263. Ignore your flaws – what is one feature you would NEVER want to change?
  264. What is a way you indulge yourself often?
  265. How could you indulge a little more?
  266. Why do you deserve to love yourself?
  267. What is a quote that teaches great self-love and acceptance?
  268. What would you tell your teenage self if you could?
  269. What is one lesson you can teach a younger you?
  270. What is the ONE thing you are MOST grateful for in your life right now?
  271. Name 5 things you are grateful for this week.
  272. Who is someone you can’t imagine your life without?
  273. What is a way you can show more gratitude every day?
  274. Do you feel that you appreciate the good in your life often enough?
  275. What is something that made you smile today?
  276. Name something surprising that happened to you recently.
  277. What is something fun you experienced in the last year?
  278. Talk about a challenge you are happy to have overcome.
  279. Name someone who has taught you an important life lesson.
  280. List 3 things that were difficult to live through, but you are now grateful for the experience.
  281. Show how grateful you are for your family.
  282. Describe why you are grateful for your pets.
  283. Talk about how your job has changed your life.
  284. List 5 memories from your childhood you are grateful to have.
  285. What has been your favorite trip so far?
  286. Where would you love to go?
  287. Have you been to any of the world’s 7 wonders?
  288. What is a monument you want to see.
  289. Have you ever seen a waterfall?
  290. Have you seen a volcano?
  291. Who do you love to travel with?
  292. Are you afraid of flying?
  293. Do you get seasick?
  294. If you could take a cruise anywhere, where would you go?
  295. Have you ever flown first-class?
  296. When you want to spend a weekend away, where do you like to go?
  297. Start a savings tracker for your next trip.
  298. Do you ever have to travel for work?
  299. What was your least favorite vacation, and how could it have been better?
  300. Are you planning another trip right now?
  301. What is your method for planning a vacation?
  302. Name 5 places you want to see before you die.
  303. Do you have a passport?
  304. Have you ever been out of the country you live in?
  305. Are you a fan of road trips?
  306. What is a fun road trip you have been on.
  307. Where would you like to take a solo road trip?
  308. Name a place you want to see with your significant other.
  309. Describe your dream family vacation.
  310. Your favorite books.
  311. Books you want to read.
  312. Books on your shelf you haven’t read yet.
  313. Your favorite movies.
  314. Movies you would love to see.
  315. Movies you saw in the theater.
  316. Movies that hold special memories for you.
  317. Movies that scared you.
  318. Movies that always cheer you up.
  319. Movies you could quote by heart.
  320. TV shows you love to watch.
  321. Your all-time favorite shows.
  322. TV shows you loved as a teenager.
  323. The first show you think of when you imagine your childhood.
  324. TV shows you want to catch up on.
  325. Your favorite songs.
  326. Your favorite soundtracks.
  327. Albums you love.
  328. Your favorite singers.
  329. Your favorite bands.
  330. Concerts you have been to.
  331. Concerts you want to go to.
  332. Daily to-do list.
  333. Weekly to-do list.
  334. Monthly to-do list.
  335. Annual to-do list.
  336. Past or favorite dreams.
  337. Wish list.
  338. Party planning list.
  339. Your favorite quotes.
  340. Personal affirmations.
  341. Hobbies or crafts to learn.
  342. Classes you want to take.
  343. The next steps for your business.
  344. Achievements you are proud of.
  345. The most important people in your life.
  346. Recipes to try.
  347. Healthy food to start eating more.
  348. Types of exercises you can start doing.
  349. Upcoming events.
  350. Blog posts for your blog.
  351. Holidays you want to plan.
  352. Shopping list for yourself.
  353. Shopping list for the next holiday or birthday.
  354. Home improvements you want to make.
  355. Write a letter (that you don’t send) to:
    • Your younger self.
    • A family member who is deceased.
    • A political figure you admire.
    • Someone causing you stress or pain.
    • Your bully from childhood.
    • Your crush.
    • Your significant other. 
    • One of your parents (alive or dead)
    • Someone who has made a great impact in your life.
    • Your favorite teacher.
    • Someone who inspires you.
    • Yourself, to read on bad days.
    • Someone who put you through a hard time, but have now learned greatly from it.
    • The person who still brings you grief.
    • A pet you wish you could communicate with.
  356. Write down 5 affirmations to get you through the day.
  357. Talk about accountability in your life at the moment.
  358. Discuss your plans for the upcoming weekend.
  359. What is the best book you read this/last year?
  360. If you could start a book series over again never having read it before, what would it be?
  361. What are some ways you improved in the last year?
  362. What are some important lessons you learned?
  363. Is there anything keeping you up at night?
  364. What have your dreams been like lately? Write down the ones you remember.
  365. What do you wish you could dream about tonight?
  366. Do you raise your kids differently than you were raised?
  367. If you have any family pet right now, what would it be?
  368. What are your biggest 3 priorities in life?
  369. Are you happy that these are the first priorities that came to mind?
  370. What are some of your biggest fears?
  371. What fear do you believe is keeping you from achieving your goals?
  372. What are some actionable steps you can take to overcome your fears?
  373. Create a mind map of what you are dealing with right now.
  374. Discuss 3 of your challenges, and 3 resolutions.
  375. What is your favorite way to relax?
  376. You have been given 3 wishes – what do you do?
  377. What if you could have any 5 wishes?
  378. Have you ever participated in extreme sports?
  379. What is a musical or play you have gone to?
  380. Have you ever been to a ballet?
  381. What are 3 bad habits you would love to put a stop to?
  382. What is your secret, hidden talent?
  383. You just won an Oscar (or Emmy) – what is your speech?
  384. You are afraid if people knew about this, they wouldn’t accept you. What is it?
  385. Add 7 more items to your bucket list.
  386. What do you think is your biggest regret?
  387. What is something you never told your parents?
  388. Think about someone you love – who came to mind? Write about them.
  389. Make a list of the 10 best moments of your life.
  390. What has been the best part of your life so far? How did it make you feel positive about yourself?
  391. What mistakes have you made in the past that prevent you from trying new things? What if you decided to ‘try better’ by using the wisdom you gained from those experiences?
  392. What is one activity that cheers you up, no matter what?
  393. What is one compliment you often get that always surprises you or that you have a difficult time accepting?
  394. What is your best physical quality?
  395. What is your best inner quality?
  396. What is something you’ve done in your life that you are proud of?
  397. What do you say to yourself when you’re faced with a new opportunity?
  398. What does the word ‘confidence’ mean to you?
  399. What new thing did you try today? How did you overcome your fear?
  400. Picture yourself as a confident person. Describe a typical day. How would you act or dress differently?
  401. What’s holding you back from pursuing your dreams? What would it take to overcome that obstacle?
  402. What do you believe are some strengths of yours?
  403. Are you where you thought you would be at this age? How do you feel about that?
  404. What songs always make you feel confident?
  405. Have you complimented yourself today? (No? Do it now!)
  406. When you want to feel more confident, what do you do?
  407. What are 7 things that bring you a sense of peace? How can you incorporate them into your daily life?
  408. Pretend there are no restrictions on you… What dream job or passion would you pursue every day?
  409. What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten? How did it make you feel?
  410. When do you feel the most confident and capable?
  411. What makes you special?
  412. What would you STOP doing if you were a more confident person?
  413. Why do you deserve to love yourself?
  414. What do you wear when you feel good? Can you wear those clothes more often?
  415. Who are your role models? What qualities do you have in common with them?
  416. What is one new thing you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail?
  417. Write a pep talk you can give yourself the next time you’re having a bad day.
  418. How has your life changed over the past year? How do you feel and how are you coping with the changes?
  419. What’s the best thing about being a woman in this time period?
  420. What are some issues women must deal with today that previous generations didn’t?
  421. What are your top 3 values? How can you intentionally live those values every day?
  422. Do the women in your family share any personality or physical traits? How has that affected your opinions of how women should look and behave?
  423. Do you feel financially secure right now? Then, write about your financial plans for the next year.
  424. Is there a woman in your local community who inspires you? Write about her and why she is an inspiration.
  425. List 3 things you want close friends and loved ones to remember about you after you’re gone.
  426. Do you think of yourself as a feminist? Why or why not?
  427. How do want to feel deep inside every day? Connected, peaceful, motivated, calm, accomplished, engaged, inspired, relaxed, etc.? One of these may turn into your ‘one word’ in the next exercise, so be very thoughtful and specific.
  428. Choose one positive word you’d like to focus on this year. Brainstorm a list of ways you can use that word to enhance and inspire your days and actions.
  429. What are 4 qualities you believe women should have and 4 qualities men should have? Did you make the same list for both, or were they different? If they were different, why? What does that tell you about how you think about men and women?
  430. What in your life has been the most difficult thing to forgive and let go of? It may not be the worst thing, but the thing that lingered in your mind that you just couldn’t let go. If it’s still lingering, then write a letter to the person who wronged you (this is for your private journal, so feel free to be completely honest) and then try again to forgive and forget.
  431. What memories do you think about most often? Are they private memories or times you shared with many others? Are they happy or sad memories? Do you need help working through the emotions surrounding those memories?
  432. Who does the ‘domestic’ chores (laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc.) in your home? How do you feel about that?
  433. Honestly ask and answer: Are you doing the things it will take to achieve your dream life? If you continue doing all the same things, can you have your dream life in 3-4 years? If not, how much closer will you be and what might you need to change?
  434. Write a one-year bucket list of things you’d like to accomplish or experience.
  435. What do you think it means for women to support women? Do you think it’s important? Why or why not?
  436. As humans, most of us feel most fulfilled when we help others in some way. Using your unique gifts, whom can you serve? What does that look like to you?
  437. What is one thing you absolutely must begin saying ‘yes’ to? Why?
  438. How would your best day go? Be descriptive.
  439. What’s your biggest insecurity? What would life look like if you let it go?
  440. When was the last time you sat quietly and simply observed your thoughts and feelings?
  441. Do you realistically give yourself enough time to achieve your goals?
  442. Does stress make you do anything unhealthy? (overeating, screaming, being moody, etc.)
  443. Take a selfie. Describe it using only loving, kind words.
  444. When was the last time you added something fun to your to-do list?
  445. What is one risk you took that made you proud of yourself?
  446. What beliefs keep you from going after your gutsy goals?
  447. What is something you want to express, but you’re scared to?
  448. What are your guiding principles? Dig deep and express what YOU FEEL.
  449. Describe one change you can make that will reduce your overall stress.
  450. How are you celebrating your uniqueness today?
  451. What’s one goal you have that you’ve never shared with anyone?
  452. What are you feeling emotionally, physically, and spiritually in this moment?
  453. Speak with your inner critic and tell them why they’re wrong.
  454. If you had five extra hours to work toward a goal this week, what would you do?
  455. When was the last time you looked for an opportunity to practice kindness?
  456. When you’re overwhelmed, how do you reconnect with the present moment?
  457. Is your daily routine serving your long-term goals?
  458. What calming exercises have you successfully used in the past to maintain a level mood? How can you work them into your life now?
  459. Write in detail about one good thing that happened today.
  460. Are your goals things YOU want or things you’ve been told you SHOULD want?
  461. What is the last challenge you overcame?
  462. If you could only achieve one more goal for the rest of your life, what would you pick and why?
  463. What makes you happy? How can you add more happiness to your life?
  464. What is one problem you keep thinking about? How can you resolve it?
  465. What are your 5 common stress or emotional triggers and how can you overcome them?
  466. What’s one tiny habit you would like to add to your life?
  467. What is the biggest obstacle/challenge you’re facing right now? What are 5 ways you could defeat it?
  468. What are 3 short-term goals you want to work toward?
  469. Write your bucket list. What can you do this week to start working on accomplishing those things?
  470. Places you have traveled
  471. Places you want to travel in the future
  472. Books you want to read
  473. Things you have learned in life
  474. Movies or TV series you want to watch
  475. Experiences you want to have with your partner
  476. Experiences you want to create with your children
  477. Family traditions
  478. Self-improvement projects you want to do
  479. Career advancements or new types of careers you would like to try
  480. What your life might look like at different points in your future
  481. Places you have lived
  482. Places you would like to live
  483. Ways you can make the world a better place
  484. How your life would improve if you worked on your personal health this year
  485. Ways you can de-stress every day
  486. Favorite songs
  487. Things you are grateful for right at this moment
  488. People you see every day and ONE good thing about them
  489. Your favorite quotes or sayings
  490. Name something beautiful that you saw today.
  491. What memory are you grateful for?
  492. What opportunities are you grateful for?
  493. Name something in your home that you truly treasure. Why?
  494. What are you grateful for in your significant other?
  495. What about your body are you grateful for?
  496. What about the current season are you grateful for?
  497. Name a struggle you currently have. What about that struggle makes you grateful?
  498. What freedoms are you grateful for?
  499. What talents or abilities are you grateful for?
  500. What book are you grateful for?
  501. Describe a piece of positive news you recently heard.
  502. What is the biggest gift in your life right now?
  503. What are you thankful for in nature?
  504. What food are you thankful for?
  505. What bit of information are you glad you know?
  506. Name a basic need that has been met.
  507. What positive changes in your personality have happened in the last year?
  508. How do you show gratitude for your friends?
  509. What small thing are you grateful happened today?
  510. What difficult parts of your life contain hidden blessings?
  511. What is something a friend or family member did today that made you grateful for them?
  512. What is your favorite childhood memory?
  513. What is your worst childhood memory?
  514. What do you love most about your life today?
  515. What ONE thing would you change about your life?
  516. What do you envision for your life 10 years from now?
  517. How does your life compare to what you imagined it would be?
  518. What ONE goal do you want to accomplish this year? How will you do it?
  519. Write down five things you are thankful for RIGHT NOW.
  520. What is ONE thing you want your children to remember as they grow?
  521. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
  522. Close your eyes and write what you hear.
  523. What are three things you can’t live without?
  524. Describe the place where you are happiest.
  525. What are your core values? Do you live them daily? Why or why not?
  526. What is your favorite time of the day? Why?
  527. What is your dream job?
  528. What book or movie character would you most like to be? Why?
  529. What are you afraid of? Why?
  530. How would you spend a day with no electricity or technology?
  531. What is the best advice you ever received?
  532. What is the worst advice you ever received?
  533. What has been your biggest challenge this year? What have you done to overcome it?
  534. How do you make a positive impact on others?
  535. What is your favorite quote? Why does it have special meaning?
  536. Describe your perfect vacation.
  537. Name three everyday tasks you would prefer to never do again. What would happen if you didn’t do them?
  538. Name two things you wish you could do every day. Why don’t you?
  539. What positive changes have you made this year and how have they affected you?
  540. How do you think others see you? Are they correct?
  541. Name three positive things you are good at.
  542. Write about the best decision you ever made. How did you make it? Reasoning or gut instinct?
  543. Why do you live where you are?
  544. Would you consider living somewhere else? Why or why not?
  545. What is your favorite book and why?
  546. What is your favorite movie and why?
  547. Do you play video games? Why or why not?
  548. Write about the BEST aspect of your current job.
  549. What ONE thing would you change about your life? How would your life be different?
  550. Describe your favorite place to sit.
  551. Describe your favorite thing about your house.
  552. What is the hardest thing you have ever done? Why was it hard for you? What did you learn?
  553. What is your greatest hope for your future? What steps can you take to make it happen?
  554. Describe the best trip you’ve ever taken.
  555. Write the birth story of each of your children — or yourself.
  556. What are 5 fears you have discarded as you have matured?
  557. What are your pet peeves?
  558. Tell a short story about your first crush.
  559. Describe the morning sky.
  560. Write about the sounds of each season.
  561. Describe the scents of each season.
  562. Write a poem that rhymes about your weekend plans.
  563. What do you love to do when it rains?
  564. What have your dreams been like lately? Write down the ones you remember.
  565. You have been given 3 wishes — what do you do?
  566. What is something you never told your parents?
  567. Add 7 things to your bucket list.
  568. Write about the sun and the moon.
  569. Write about light and shadow.
  570. What is your preferred method of procrastination?
  571. Make a list of your favorite TV shows from each decade of your life.
  572. Come up with a one sentence happiness mantra you can say to yourself each morning. Here are a few examples, but come up with something you think will work for you.
    • Today I will breathe in happiness and breathe out anger
    • Today I will pay attention to the small things that bring me joy
    • Today I will keep love in my heart
  573. Write about an act of kindness you witnessed today.
  574. Write your favorite memory.
  575. Write down 3 things you would tell your younger self.
  576. What did you love to do as a kid? Can you incorporate that in your life today?
  577. Write about an incident that went better than you thought it would.
  578. Write about something nice someone did for you
  579. 10 things you love about your spouse, brother, mother, sister, dad etc. (you can use this one for multiple days)
  580. Design a place of peace for yourself. Someplace you could go every day to take a few minutes to yourself.
  581. Write about something you are worried about. Break it down into things you can and can’t control, then list 3 actionable things you can do to help alleviate that worry.
  582. Write about something kind you did for yourself
  583. Did you do something recently that made you laugh at yourself?
  584. Who inspires you and why?
  585. What can you do to inspire others?
  586. Write about your favorite day of the year and why you love it.
  587. Do you have a happy dance? If you have a photo journal, pictures would be great.
  588. Is joy different than happiness?
  589. How do you pursue happiness each day?
  590. What are your favorite inspirational or happiness quotes?
  591. What is the biggest influence in the happiness in your life?
  592. Write instructions to a child on how to find happiness.
  593. What songs make you happy?
  594.  Whats your favorite way to get out of a bad mood?
  595. Describe your perfect day, use all 5 senses in your description.
  596. What activity always seems to energize you?
  597. Your life and work situation now. Where do you work, or what kind of work are you looking for? What do you do at work, or how are you running your job search?
  598. When do you feel the world stop?
  599. What is your personal motto?
  600. What is the greatest gift you ever received?
  601. Are you an impulsive person or someone who prefers to “wait and see”?
  602. Write about a leader who inspires you.
  603. What irrationally annoys you more than anything else?
  604. What small thing can always bring you a bit of joy?
  605. What is your favorite thing to do on a lazy day?
  606. How often do you take risks?
  607. Write about your happiest memory.
  608. What is your favorite thing about being male or female?
  609. Who is your favorite president? What do you admire about him?
  610. How long do you think it will be before we see a female president?
  611. Do you think it’s important to be a part of a community? Why or why not?
  612. Write a thank-you note to someone who has made a difference in your life.
  613. What piece of modern technology are you most grateful to have?
  614. What would your life today be like without the Internet?
  615. Do you feel anonymous online? Why or why not?
  616. Do you prefer to binge-watch TV or keep up week-to-week? Why or why not?
  617. Write about your writing habits and what they say about you.
  618. What is something you’ve always wanted to try but have never gotten around to?
  619. Can money buy happiness?
  620. Write about a time when you had a profound disagreement with a friend.
  621. If you could have a book with all the answers, would you read it? Why or why not?
  622. What goal are you working on right now?
  623. When do you feel most connected to other people?
  624. What is the greatest challenge you’ve ever faced?
  625. Write about a time when you couldn’t stop laughing.
  626. What is the most intense dream you’ve ever had?
  627. What is your favorite way to treat yourself after a long week?
  628. What thought scares you more than anything else? How do you cope with it?
  629. What are you exceptional at? Describe your talent.
  630. When do you feel most at peace?
  631. If you could create your own day of awareness, what would it be for?
  632. What would you put in a buried treasure chest?
  633. If you could rid the world of one problem, what would it be?
  634. What was the most exciting piece of news you ever received?
  635. Who knows you better than anyone else?
  636. How do you define success? Who is a successful person according to your definition?
  637. Are you the life of the party or someone who prefers to sit back and observe?
  638. Write about the last time you helped someone.
  639. What is the most interesting fact you know—and why does it interest you?
  640. Write about a time when you heard, read, or saw something that you weren’t supposed to. What happened?
  641. Have you ever fallen in love?
  642. Do you follow current events? Why or why not?
  643. What is the greatest benefit of journaling?
  644. If you could have any one question answered, what would it be? How would the answer impact your life?
  645. What is the earliest lesson you remember learning from your parents?
  646. Write about one thing from your childhood that you will always carry with you.
  647. How do you define “family”?
  648. Do you believe in ghosts or spirits? Why or why not?
  649. How frequently do you exercise or engage in physical activity? Are you satisfied with your habits? Why or why not?
  650. Write about an aspect of another culture that interests you and that you’d like to learn more about.
  651. Write about something you love that you think everyone else should try, too.
  652. Would you ever consider going to space? Why or why not?
  653. What is the most important thing you look for in a friend?
  654. What value do you hold most dear? Why?
  655. Choose three words to describe the current state of your life—and then explain why you chose them.
  656. Write about a time when you created something amazing.
  657. Would you rather be rich, successful, healthy, or famous? Why?
  658. What do you think one of the hardest jobs in the world is? Would you ever consider doing it?
  659. Write about a time when someone confided in you. How did their trust make you feel?
  660. Write about a time when you encountered a bully—and what you did to address the situation.
  661. Are you more scientific-minded or creative-minded? How does that affect your life?
  662. Write about a special memory that might not have looked so special to someone on the outside.
  663. What kind of impact do commercials and advertising have on your life?
  664. What do you spend most of your time doing? How do you feel about that?
  665. Write a 50-word description of yourself that you could give to someone you’d never met. How accurately does it describe you?
  666. What scares you?
  667. Do you have a plan? Do you need a plan? Have you had a plan fall spectacularly to pieces?
  668. What is your take on soul mates?
  669. Are you a worrier? Is there a particular worry that you can’t shake? How do you cope with worry?
  670. Dear Past Me . . .
  671. Dear Future Me . . .
  672. Places you’ve enjoyed visiting.
  673. Things you’ve done that you previously thought you could never do.
  674. The people you most admire.
  675. Your favorite books.
  676. Your favorite movies.
  677. Your favorite songs.
  678. Your top five short term goals.
  679. Your top five long term goals.
  680. Nobody knows that I . . .
  681. Dear ____, it weighs on me that I never told you . . .
  682. The biggest lie I’ve ever told is . . .
  683. Is there anything you feel guilty about? Is there anything you need to be forgiven for?
  684. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?
  685. What’s your secret desire?
  686. What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done?
  687. “If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.” — Rilke
  688. “I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges
  689. “Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard
  690. “What in your life is calling you? When all the noise is silenced, the meetings adjourned, the lists laid aside, and the wild iris blooms by itself in the dark forest, what still pulls on your soul? In the silence between your heartbeats hides a summons, do you hear it? Name it, if you must, or leave it forever nameless, but why pretend it is not there?” — The Terma Collective
  691. “Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul and you answer.” Star Richés
  692. The most terrifying moment of my life was . . .
  693. The most fun I’ve ever had . . .
  694. The most surprised I’ve ever been . . .
  695. The most disappointed I’ve ever been . . .
  696. What are you looking forward to the most?
  697. Leaf through a couple of magazines and cut out any images that catch your attention. Use each one as a prompt.
  698. Look through your photographs and choose a few to write about.
  699. Buy art books that are at a discount and cut them up for images.
  700. Three things you can’t go without.
  701. Three celebrity crushes.
  702. Three favorite book characters.
  703. Three favorite things to wear.
  704. Three things you want in a relationship.
  705. If you had to evacuate your home because of a natural disaster, what three things would you take with you?
  706. Three pet peeves.
  707. Three things you’d do if you weren’t so afraid.
  708. Three favorite TV shows.
  709. 10 Activities you love
  710. 10 Restaurants you love
  711. 10 People you love
  712. 10 Foods you love
  713. 10 Games you love
  714. 6 Drinks/Beverages you love
  715. 4 Desserts you love
  716. 10 Paintings you love
  717. 10 Web Sites you love
  718. 10 Writers you love
  719. 10 Famous lines from books/movies you love
  720. My saddest memory is . . .
  721. Some of the things that make me happy are . . .
  722. How do you deal with anger?
  723. How easy is it for you to forgive those who have caused you pain?
  724. What is the dominant emotion in your life right now?
  725. My favorite Sunday ritual . . .
  726. The Holiday traditions I most look forward to . . .
  727. Things I always did with my dad when I was small . . .
  728. Things I always did with my mom when I was little . . .
  729. If you could have dinner with anyone currently alive, who would it be?
  730. If you could meet any fictional character, who would it be?
  731. If you could change one thing about your present life, what would it be?
  732. If you could live anywhere you wanted, where would you live?
  733. If you could go back in time and change one things from your past, what would it be?
  734. What was your favorite toy?
  735. Did you ever get lost?
  736. Who was your best friend in elementary school?
  737. Did you ever run away from home?
  738. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  739. What was your favorite subject in school?
  740. Who was your favorite teacher?
  741. What’s your first memory?
  742. What was your favorite cartoon?
  743. What book did you read over and over again as a child?
  744. What is your most vivid memory of the kitchen in your childhood?
  745. As a child, who was your favorite relative?
  746. Who made you feel good this week?
  747. What was the biggest mistake you made this week?
  748. What did you do this week that moved you closer to reaching your goals?
  749. Is there anything you did this week that you wish you’d done differently?
  750. What did you most enjoy doing this week?
  751. How did you procrastinate on important tasks this week?
  752. What did you learn this week?
  753. What’s the funniest thing that happened to you this week?
  754. Write a letter to someone you need to forgive.
  755. Write a letter to someone who believed in you even when you didn’t believe in yourself.
  756. Write a letter to be read by each of your loved ones after you’ve passed away.
  757. Write a fan letter to your favorite actor/actress.
  758. Write a letter to the editor of your favorite magazine telling them what features you would like to see included in the magazine.
  759. Is there something you’re reluctant to tell someone? Write a letter to help y0u organize your thoughts.
  760. Write about your first dance.
  761. Write about your first crush.
  762. Write about your first week in college.
  763. Write about your first job.
  764. Write about the first apartment you ever rented.
  765. When did you feel truly independent for the first time?
  766. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
  767. What would you do if money were no object?
  768. What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?
  769. What’s your wildest dream?
  770. What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
  771. What grand adventure do you wish you could go on?
  772. If you could become an expert in any subject or activity, what would it be?
  773. What would your perfect day be like?
  774. Close your eyes and imagine the kind of world you would like to see. What is it like?
  775. What makes you unique?
  776. How do you stand out from the crowd?
  777. What are your best character traits?
  778. What are you really good at?
  779. How would you describe yourself?
  780. How would your best friend describe you?
  781. What character traits do you need to work on?
  782. What are some of your idiosyncrasies?
  783. How do you indulge yourself? Do you need to indulge yourself more often?
  784. How do you think others see you when they meet you for the first time?
  785. How would you like to make this world a better place? How can you best share your gifts with the world?
  786. What qualities do you want in a romantic partner? What are the top ten characteristics that you look for in a romantic partner?
  787. What are the top ten qualities a friend should have (treats people with respect; listens but doesn’t judge; has a quirky sense of humor; is an artist; lives with passion; doesn’t sweat the small stuff; is loyal and trustworthy)?
  788. What would make you feel spiritually fulfilled?
  789. What famous world festivals would you like to attend?
  790. Was there anything noteworthy about your mother’s upbringing –she grew up in extreme poverty or extreme wealth; she grew up during the Great Depression; she grew up surrounded by artists, philosophers, or politicians; her family moved around a lot when she was growing up; and so on?
  791. Write down three of your father’s favorites (it could be his favorite singer, his favorite book or author, his favorite movie, his favorite time of the year, his favorite basketball player, his favorite artist, his favorite meal, his favorite dessert, and so on).
  792. Do you have any famous or high profile family members? If so, write about them.

Creative Writing Prompts

  1. Go outside, pick up one object, and write a story about how it got there.
  2. Tell a short story about your first crush/first love.
  3. Come up with a character for a horror story you would love to write or read. Describe the character in great detail.
  4. Think of whether that character was good or evil. Reflect on your choice.
  5. Create a mind map for a character in a romantic story.
  6. Map out a short story about someone overcoming a physical disability.
  7. Story prompt: You wake up in the middle of the night, and none of the lights work. You hear a sound in the attic, but you also hear a sound in the basement. Describe what you do next.
  8. Story prompt: You call up your best friend to chat, but he/she doesn’t know who you are. Write a story based on why or how that is.
  9. Story prompt: Your main character wakes up in a boat, stranded at sea…
  10. Write a poem that rhymes about your weekend plans.
  11. Outside the Window: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?
  12. The Unrequited love poem: How do you feel when you love someone who does not love you back?
  13. The Vessel: Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.
  14. Dancing: Who’s dancing and why are they tapping those toes?
  15. Food: What’s for breakfast? Dinner? Lunch? Or maybe you could write a poem about that time you met a friend at a cafe.
  16. Eye Contact: Write about two people seeing each other for the first time.
  17. The Rocket-ship: Write about a rocket-ship on its way to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far, away.
  18. Dream-catcher: Write something inspired by a recent dream you had.
  19. Animals: Choose an animal. Write about it!
  20. Friendship: Write about being friends with someone.
  21. Dragon: Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language.
  22. Greeting: Write a story or poem that starts with the word “hello” or another greeting.
  23. The Letter: Write a poem or story using words from a famous letter or inspired by a letter someone sent you.
  24. The Found Poem: Read a book and circle some words on a page. Use those words to craft a poem. Alternatively, you can cut out words and phrases from magazines.
  25. Eavesdropper: Create a poem, short story, or journal entry about a conversation you’ve overheard.
  26. Addict: Everyone’s addicted to something in some shape or form. What are things you can’t go without?
  27. Dictionary Definition: Open up a dictionary to a random word. Define what that word means to you.
  28. Cleaning: Hey, even writers and creative artists have to do housework sometimes. Write about doing laundry, dishes, and other cleaning activities.
  29. Great Minds: Write about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.
  30. Missed Connections: If you go to Craigslist, there is a “Missed Connections” section where you can find some interesting storylines to inspire your writing.
  31. Foreclosure: Write a poem or short story about someone who has lost or is about to lose their home.
  32. Smoke, Fog, and Haze: Write about not being able to see ahead of you.
  33. Sugar: Write something so sweet, it makes your teeth hurt.
  34. Numbers: Write a poem or journal entry about numbers that have special meaning to you.
  35. Dread: Write about doing something you don’t want to do.
  36. Fear: What scares you a little? What do you feel when scared? How do you react?
  37. Closed Doors: What’s behind the door? Why is it closed?
  38. Shadow: Imagine you are someone’s shadow for a day.
  39. Good Vibes: What makes you smile? What makes you happy?
  40. Shopping: Write about your shopping wishlist and how you like to spend money.
  41. The Professor: Write about a teacher that has influenced you.
  42. Rewrite: Take any poem or short story you enjoy. Rewrite it in your own words.
  43. Jewelry: Write about a piece of jewelry. Who does it belong to?
  44. Sounds: Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
  45. War and Peace: Write about a recent conflict that you dealt with in your life.
  46. Frame It: Write a poem or some phrases that would make for good wall art in your home.
  47. Puzzle: Write about putting together the pieces of puzzles.
  48. Fire-starters: Write about building a fire.
  49. Coffee & Tea: Surely you drink one or the other or know someone who does- write about it!
  50. Car Keys: Write about someone getting their driver’s license for the first time.
  51. What You Don’t Know: Write about a secret you’ve kept from someone else or how you feel when you know someone is keeping a secret from you.
  52. Warehouse: Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
  53. The Sound of Silence: Write about staying quiet when you feel like shouting.
  54. Insult: Write about being insulted. How do you feel? Why do you think the other person insulted you?
  55. Mirror, Mirror: What if you mirror started talking to you? What might the mirror say?
  56. Dirty: Write a poem about getting covered in mud.
  57. Light Switch: Write about coming out of the dark and seeing the light.
  58. The Stars: Take inspiration from a night sky. Or, write about a time when “the stars aligned” in your horoscope.
  59. Joke Poem: What did the wall say to the other wall? Meet you at the corner! Write something inspired by a favorite joke.
  60. Just Say No: Write about the power you felt when you told someone no.
  61. Sunrise/Sunset: The sun comes up, the sun goes down. It goes round and round. Write something inspiring about the sunrise or sunset.
  62. Memory Lane: What does Memory Lane look like? How do you get there?
  63. Tear-Jerker: Watch a movie that makes you cry. Write about that scene in the movie.
  64. Dear Diary: Write a poem or short story about a diary entry you’ve read or imagined.
  65. Holding Hands: The first time you held someone’s hand.
  66. Photograph: Write a story or journal entry influenced by a photograph you see online or in a magazine.
  67. Alarm Clock: Write about waking up.
  68. Darkness: Write a poem or journal entry inspired by what you can’t see.
  69. Refreshed: Write a poem about a time you really felt refreshed and renewed. Maybe it was a dip into a pool on a hot summer day, a drink of lemonade, or other situation that helped you relax and start again.
  70. Handle With Care: Write about a very fragile or delicate object.
  71. Drama: Write about a time when you got stuck in between two parties fighting with each other.
  72. Slip Up: Write about making mistakes.
  73. Spice: Write about flavors and tastes or a favorite spice of yours.
  74. Sing a New Song: Take a popular song off the radio and rewrite it as a poem in your own words.
  75. Telephone: Write about a phone call you recently received.
  76. Name: Write a poem or short story using your name in some way or form.
  77. Dollhouse: Write a poem or short story from the viewpoint of someone living in a doll house.
  78. Random Wikipedia Article: Go to Wikipedia and click on Random Article. Write about whatever the page you get.
  79. Silly Sports: Write about an extreme or silly sport. If none inspire you, make up the rules for your own game.
  80. Recipe: Write about a recipe for something abstract, such as a feeling.
  81. Famous Artwork: Choose a famous painting and write about it.
  82. Where That Place Used to Be: Think of a place you went to when you were younger but it now no longer there or is something else. Capture your feelings about this in your writing.
  83. Last Person You Talked to: Write a quick little poem or story about the last person you spoke with.
  84. Caught Red-Handed: Write about being caught doing something embarrassing.
  85. Interview: Write a list of questions you have for someone you would like to interview, real or fictional.
  86. Missing You: Write about someone you miss dearly.
  87. Geography: Pick a state or country you’ve never visited. Write about why you would or would not like to visit that place.
  88. Random Song: Turn on the radio, use the shuffle feature on your music collection or your favorite streaming music service. Write something inspired by the first song you hear.
  89. Hero: Write a tribute to someone you regard as a hero.
  90. Ode to Strangers: Go people watching and write an ode to a stranger you see on the street.
  91. Advertisement: Advertisements are everywhere, aren’t they? Write using the slogan or line from an ad.
  92. Book Inspired: Think of your favorite book. Now write a poem that sums up the entire story in 10 lines.
  93. Magic: Imagine you have a touch of magic, and can make impossible things happen. What would you do?
  94. Fanciest Pen: Get out your favorite pen, pencils, or even colored markers and write using them!
  95. A Day in the Life: Write about your daily habits and routine.
  96. Your Muse: Write about your muse – what do they look like? What does your muse do to inspire you?
  97. Convenience Store: Write about an experience you’ve had at a gas station or convenience store.
  98. Natural Wonders of the World: Choose one of the natural wonders of the world. Write about it.
  99. Status Update: Write a poem using the words from your latest status update or a friend’s status update. If you don’t use sites like Facebook or Twitter, you can often search online for some funny ones to use as inspiration.
  100. Green Thumb: Write about growing something.
  101. Family Heirloom: Write about an object that’s been passed through the generations in your family.
  102. Bug Catcher: Write about insects.
  103. Potion: Write about a magic potion. What is it made of? What does it do? What is the antidote?
  104. Swinging & Sliding: Write something inspired by a playground or treehouse.
  105. Adjectives: Make a list of the first 5 adjectives that pop into your head. Use these 5 words in your story, poem, or journal entry.
  106. Fairy Tales: Rewrite a fairy tale. Give it a new ending or make it modern or write as a poem.
  107. Whispers: Write about someone who has to whisper a secret to someone else.
  108. Smile: Write a poem about the things that make you smile.
  109. Seasonal: Write about your favorite season.
  110. Normal: What does normal mean to you? Is it good or bad to be normal?
  111. Recycle: Take something you’ve written in the past and rewrite it into a completely different piece.
  112. Wardrobe: Write about a fashion model or what’s currently in your closet or drawers.
  113. Secret Message: Write something with a secret message hidden in between the words. For example, you could make an acrostic poem using the last letters of the word or use secret code words in the poem.
  114. Vacation: Write about a vacation you took.
  115. Heat: Write about being overheated and sweltering.
  116. Spellbinding: Write a magic spell.
  117. Collection: Write about collecting something, such as salt shakers, sea shells, or stamps.
  118. Taking Chances: Everyone takes a risk at some point in their life. Write about a time when you took a chance and what the result was.
  119. Carnival: Write a poem or story or journal entry inspired by a carnival or street fair.
  120. Country Mouse: Write about someone who grew up in the country visiting the city for the first time.
  121. Questions: Write about questions you have for the universe. Optional: include an answer key.
  122. Rushing: Write about moving quickly and doing things fast.
  123. Staircase: Use a photo of a staircase or the stairs in your home or a building you love to inspire you.
  124. Neighbors: Make up a story or poem about your next door neighbor.
  125. Black and Blue: Write about a time you’ve been physically hurt.
  126. All Saints: Choose a saint and create a poem about his or her life.
  127. Beach Inspired: What’s not to write about the beach?
  128. Shoes: What kind of shoes do you wear? Where do they lead your feet?
  129. The Ex: Write a poem to someone who is estranged from you.
  130. My Point of View: Write in the first person point of view.
  131. Stray Animal: Think of the life of a stray cat or dog and write about that.
  132. Stop and Stare: Create a poem or story about something you could watch forever.
  133. Your Bed: Describe where you sleep each night.
  134. Fireworks: Do they inspire you or do you not like the noise and commotion? Write about it.
  135. Frozen: Write about a moment in your life you wish you could freeze and preserve.
  136. Alone: Do you like to be alone or do you like having company?
  137. Know-it-all: Write about something you are very knowledgeable about, for example a favorite hobby or passion of yours.
  138. The Promise: Write about a promise you’ve made to someone. Did you keep that promise?
  139. Commotion: Write about being overstimulated by a lot of chaos.
  140. Read the News Today: Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line.
  141. Macro: Write a description of an object close-up.
  142. Transportation: Write about taking your favorite (or least-favorite) form of transportation.
  143. Gadgets: If you could invent a gadget, what would it do? Are there any gadgets that make your life easier?
  144. Bring on the Cheese: Write a tacky love poem that is so cheesy, it belongs on top of a pizza.
  145. Ladders: Write a story or poem that uses ladders as a symbol.
  146. Bizarre Holiday: There is a bizarre holiday for any date! Look up a holiday for today’s date and create a poem in greeting card fashion or write a short story about the holiday to celebrate.
  147. Blog-o-sphere: Visit your favorite blog or your feedreader and craft a story, journal entry, or poem based on the latest blog post you read.
  148. Mailbox: Create a poem, short story, or journal entry based on a recent item of mail you’ve received.
  149. Sharing: Write about sharing something with someone else.
  150. Cactus: Write from the viewpoint of a cactus. What’s it like to live in the desert or have a prickly personality?
  151. It’s a Sign: Have you seen any interesting road signs lately?
  152. Furniture: Write about a piece of furniture in your home.
  153. Failure: Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely?
  154. Mystical Creatures: Angels or other mystical creatures – use them as inspiration.
  155. Flying: Write about having wings and what you would do.
  156. Clear and Transparent: Write a poem about being able to see-through something.
  157. Break the Silence: Record yourself speaking, then write down what you spoke and revise into a short story or poem.
  158. Beat: Listen to music with a strong rhythm or listen to drum loops. Write something that goes along with the beat you feel and hear.
  159. Color Palette: Search online for color palettes and be inspired to write by one you resonate with.
  160. Magazine: Randomly flip to a page in a magazine and write using the first few words you see as an opening line.
  161. The Grass is Greener: Write about switching the place with someone or going to where it seems the “grass is greener”.
  162. Mind & Body: Write something that would motivate others to workout and exercise.
  163. Shaping Up: Write something that makes a shape on the page…ie: a circle, a heart, a square, etc.
  164. Twenty-One: Write about your 21st birthday.
  165. Aromatherapy: Write about scents you just absolutely love.
  166. Swish, Buzz, Pop: Create a poem that uses Onomatopoeia.
  167. What Time is It? Write about the time of day it is right now. What are people doing? What do you usually do at this time each day?
  168. Party Animal: Have you ever gone to a party you didn’t want to leave? Or do you hate parties? Write about it!
  169. Miss Manners: Use the words “please” and “thank you” in your writing.
  170. Cliche: Choose a common cliche, then write something that says the same thing but without using the catch phrase.
  171. Eco-friendly: Write about going green or an environmental concern you have.
  172. Missing You: Write about someone you miss.
  173. Set it Free: Think of a time when you had to let someone or something go to be free…did they come back?
  174. Left Out: Write about a time when you’ve felt left out or you’ve noticed someone else feeling as if they didn’t belong.
  175. Suitcase: Write about packing for a trip or unpacking from when you arrive home.
  176. Fantasy: Write about fairies, gnomes, elves, or other mythical creatures.
  177. Give and Receive: Write about giving and receiving.
  178. Baker’s Dozen: Imagine the scents and sights of a bakery and write.
  179. Treehouse: Write about your own secret treehouse hideaway.
  180. Risk: Write about taking a gamble on something.
  181. Acrostic: Choose a word and write an acrostic poem where every line starts with a letter from the word.
  182. Crossword Puzzle: Open up the newspaper or find a crossword puzzle online and choose one of the clues to use as inspiration for your writing.
  183. Silver Lining: Write about the good that happens in a bad situation.
  184. Gloves: Write about a pair of gloves – what kind of gloves are they? Who wears them and why?
  185. All that Glitters: Write about a shiny object.
  186. Jealousy: Write with a theme of envy and jealousy.
  187. How Does Your Garden Grow? Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place.
  188. Jury Duty: Write a short story or poem that takes place in a courtroom.
  189. Gifts: Write about a gift you have given or received.
  190. Running: Write about running away from someone or something.
  191. Discovery: Think of something you’ve recently discovered and use it as inspiration.
  192. Complain: Write about your complaints about something.
  193. Gratitude: Write a poem or journal entry that is all about things you are thankful for.
  194. Chemistry: Choose an element and write a poem or story that uses that word in one of the lines
  195. Applause: Write about giving someone a standing ovation.
  196. Old Endings Into New Beginnings: Take an old poem, story, or journal entry of yours and use the last line and make it the first line of your writing today.
  197. Longing: Write about something you very much want to do.
  198. I Am: Write a motivational poem or journal entry about positive traits that make you who you are.
  199. Rainbow: What is at the end of a rainbow? Or, take a cue from Kermit the Frog, and ask yourself, why are there so many songs about rainbows?
  200. What’s on the other side of this rainbow? Who’s waiting for you? Write about it!
  201. Museum: Take some time to visit a nearby museum with your journal. Write about one of the pieces that speaks to you.
  202. Cartoon: Think of your favorite cartoon or comic. Write a poem or story that takes place in that setting.
  203. Copycat: Borrow a line from a famous public domain poem to craft your own.
  204. From the Roof-tops: Imagine you could stand on a rooftop and broadcast a message to everyone below – what would you say?
  205. Time Travel: If there was a time period you could visit for a day, where would you go? Write about traveling back in time to that day.
  206. Changing Places: Imagine living the day as someone else.
  207. Neighborhood: Write about your favorite place in your neighborhood to visit and hang out at.
  208. Pirates: Write about a pirate ship.
  209. Interview: Write based on a recent interview you’ve read or seen on TV or heard on the radio.
  210. Hiding Spaces: Write about places you like to hide things at. What was a favorite hiding spot for you as a child playing hide-and-seek?
  211. Extreme Makeover: Imagine how life might be different if you could change your hair color or clothing into something completely opposite from your current style.
  212. Empathy: Write about your feelings of empathy or compassion for another person.
  213. Opposites: Write a poem or story that ties in together two opposites.
  214. Boredom: Write about being bored or make a list of different ways to entertain yourself.
  215. Strength: Think of a time when you’ve been physically or emotionally strong and use that as inspiration.
  216. Hunger: Write from the perspective of someone with no money to buy food.
  217. Greed: Write about someone who always wants more – whether it be money, power, etc. etc.
  218. Volcano: Write about an eruption of a volcano.
  219. Video Inspiration: Go to Vimeo.com or YouTube.com and watch one of the videos featured on the homepage. Write something based on what you watch.
  220. Sneeze: Write about things that make you sneeze.
  221. Footsteps on the Moon: Write about the possibility of life in outer-space.
  222. Star-crossed: Write a short modern version of the story of Romeo and Juliet or think of real-life examples of lovers who are not allowed to be together to use as inspiration for your writing.
  223. Font-tastic: Choose a unique font and type out a poem, story or journal entry using that font.
  224. Schedule: Take a look at your calendar and use the schedule for inspiration in writing.
  225. Grandparents: Write about a moment in your grandparent’s life.
  226. Collage: Go through a magazine and cut out words that grab your attention. Use these words to construct a poem or as a story starter or inspiration for your journal.
  227. Oh so Lonely: Write a poem about what you do when you are alone – do you feel lonely or do you enjoy your own company?
  228. Waterfall: Think of a waterfall you’ve seen in person or spend some time browsing photos of waterfalls online. Write about the movement, flow, and energy.
  229. First Kiss: Write about your first kiss.
  230. So Ironic: Write about an ironic situation you’ve been in throughout your life.
  231. Limerick: Write a limerick today.
  232. Grocery Shopping: Write about an experience at the grocery store.
  233. Fashion: Go through a fashion magazine or browse fashion websites online and write about a style you love.
  234. So Close: Write about coming close to reaching a goal.
  235. Drinks on Me: Write a poem or short story that takes place at a bar.
  236. Online Friends: Write an ode to someone online you’ve met and become friends with.
  237. Admiration: Is there someone you admire? Write about those feelings.
  238. Trash Day: Write from the perspective of a garbage collector.
  239. Mailbox: Open your mailbox and write something inspired by one of the pieces of mail you received.
  240. Fresh & Clean: Write about how you feel after you take a shower.
  241. Energized: Write about how you feel when you’re either at a high or low energy level for the day.
  242. Rhyme & No Reason: Make up a silly rhyming poem using made up words.
  243. Tech Support: Use computers or a conversation with tech support you’ve had as inspiration.
  244. Hotel: Write from the perspective of someone who works at a hotel or staying at a hotel.
  245. Underwater: Write about sea creatures and under water life. What’s under the surface of the ocean? What adventures might be waiting?
  246. What’s it like deep in the ocean? How did you get there?
  247. Breathing: Take a few minutes to do some deep breathing relaxation techniques. Once your mind is clear, just write the first few things that you think of.
  248. Liar, Liar: Make up a poem or story of complete lies about yourself or someone else.
  249. Obituaries: Look at the recent obituaries online or in the newspaper and imagine the life of someone and write about that person.
  250. Pocket: Rummage through your pockets and write about what you keep or find in your pockets.
  251. Cinquain: Write a cinquain poem, which consists of 5 lines that do not rhyme.
  252. Alphabetical: Write a poem that has every letter of the alphabet in it.
  253. Comedy Club: Write something inspired by a comedian.
  254. Cheater: Write about someone who is unfaithful.
  255. Sestina: Give a try to writing a sestina poem.
  256. Fight: Write about witnessing two people get in an argument with each other.
  257. Social Network: Visit your favorite Social Networking website (ie: Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Twitter, etc.) and write a about a post you see there.
  258. Peaceful: Write about something peaceful and serene.
  259. In the Clouds: Go cloud watching for the day and write about what you imagine in the clouds.
  260. At the Park: Take some time to sit on a park bench and write about the sights, scenes, and senses and emotions you experience.
  261. Sonnet: Write a sonnet today.
  262. Should, Would, And Could: Write a poem or story using the words should, would, and could.
  263. How to: Write directions on how to do something.
  264. Alliteration: Use alliteration in your poem or in a sentence in a story.
  265. Poker Face: Write about playing a card game.
  266. Timer: Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. Don’t worry about it making sense or being perfect.
  267. Dance: Write about a dancer or a time you remember dancing.
  268. Write for a Cause: Write a poem or essay that raises awareness for a cause you support.
  269. Magic: Write about a magician or magic trick.
  270. Out of the Box: Imagine finding a box. Write about opening it and what’s inside.
  271. Under the Influence: What is something has impacted you positively in your life?
  272. Forgotten Toy: Write from the perspective a forgotten or lost toy.
  273. Rocks and Gems: Write about a rock or gemstone meaning.
  274. Remote Control: Imagine you can fast forward and rewind your life with a remote control.
  275. Symbolism: Think of objects, animals, etc. that have symbolic meaning to you. Write about it.
  276. Light at the End of the Tunnel: Write about a time when you saw hope when it seemed like a hopeless situation.
  277. Smoke and Fire: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Use this saying as inspiration to write!
  278. Railroad: Write about a train and its cargo or passengers.
  279. Clipboard: Write about words you imagine on an office clipboard.
  280. Shipwrecked: Write about being stranded somewhere – an island, a bus stop, etc.
  281. Quotable: Use a popular quote from a speaker and use it as inspiration for your writing.
  282. Mind Map it Out: Create a mind map of words, phrases, and ideas that pop into your head or spend some time browsing the many mind maps online. Write a poem, story, or journal entry inspired by the mind map.
  283. Patterns: Write about repeating patterns that occur in life.
  284. Scrapbook: Write about finding a scrapbook and the memories it contains.
  285. Cure: Write about finding a cure for an illness.
  286. Email Subject Lines: Read your email today and look for subject lines that may be good starters for writing inspiration.
  287. Wishful Thinking: Write about a wish you have.
  288. Doodle: Spend some time today doodling for about 5-10 minutes. Write about the thoughts you had while doodling or create something inspired by your finished doodle.
  289. Chalkboard: Imagine you are in a classroom. What does it say on the chalkboard?
  290. Sticky: Imagine a situation that’s very sticky, maybe even covered in maple syrup, tape or glue. Write about it!
  291. Flashlight: Imagine going somewhere very dark with only a flashlight to guide you.
  292. A Far Away Place: Envision yourself traveling to a fictional place, what do you experience in your imaginary journey?
  293. On the Farm: Write about being in a country or rural setting.
  294. Promise to Yourself: Write about a promise you want to make to yourself and keep.
  295. Brick Wall: Write a poem that is about a brick wall – whether literal or figurative.
  296. Making a Choice: Write about a time when you had to make a difficult choice.
  297. Repeat: Write about a time when you’ve had to repeat yourself or a time when it felt like no one was listening.
  298. Outcast: Write about someone who is not accepted by their peers. (for example, the Ugly Ducking)
  299. Scary Monsters: Write about a scary (or not-so-scary) monster in your closet or under the bed.
  300. Sacrifice: Write about something you’ve sacrificed doing to do something else or help another person.
  301. Imperfection: Create a poem that highlights the beauty in being flawed.
  302. Birthday Poem: Write a poem inspired by birthdays.
  303. Title First: Make a list of potential poem or story titles and choose one to write from.
  304. Job Interview: Write about going on a job interview.
  305. Get Well: Write a poem that will help someone who is sick feel better quick!
  306. Lost in the Crowd: Write about feeling lost in the crowd.
  307. Apple a Day: Write about a health topic that interests you.
  308. Cravings: Write about craving something.
  309. Phobia: Research some common phobias, choose one, and write about it.
  310. In the Moment: Write about living in the present moment.
  311. Concrete: Write about walking down a sidewalk and what you see and experience.
  312. Battle: Write about an epic battle, whether real, fictional or figurative.
  313. This Old House: Write about an old house that is abandoned or being renovated.
  314. Clutter: Is there a cluttered spot in your home? Go through some of that clutter today and write about what you find or the process of organizing.
  315. Go Fly a Kite: Write about flying a kite.
  316. On the TV: Flip to a random TV channel and write about the first thing that comes on – even if it is an infomercial!
  317. Fruit: Write an ode to your favorite fruit.
  318. Long Distance Love: Write about a couple that is separated by distance.
  319. Glasses: Write about a pair of eyeglasses or someone wearing glasses.
  320. Robotic: Write about a robot.
  321. Cute as a Button: Write about something you think is just adorable.
  322. Movie Conversation: Use a memorable conversation from a favorite movie to inspire your writing.
  323. Easy-Peasy: Write about doing something effortlessly.
  324. Idiom: Choose from a list of idioms one that speaks to you and create a poem around that saying or phrase. (Ie: It is raining cats and dogs)
  325. Playground: Whether it is the swings or the sandbox or the sliding boards, write about your memories of being on a playground.
  326. Romance: Write about romantic things partners can do for each other.
  327. Rock Star: Imagine you are a famous rock star. Write about the experience. What’s it like to live a day in the life of a rock star? Imagine your story!
  328. Come to Life: Imagine ordinary objects have come to life. Write about what they do and say.
  329. Airplane: Write about meeting someone on an airplane and a conversation you might have.
  330. Health & Beauty: Take some time to peruse your medicine cabinet or the health and beauty aisles at a local store. Write a poem, short story, or journal entry inspired by a product label.
  331. Determination: Write about not giving up.
  332. Instrumental Inspiration: Listen to some instrumental music and write a poem that matches the mood, beat, and style of the music.
  333. Wait Your Turn: Write about having to wait in line.
  334. Personality Type: Do you know your personality type? (There are many free quizzes online) – write about what type of personality traits you have.
  335. Decade: Choose a favorite decade and write about it. (IE: 1980’s or 1950’s for example)
  336. I Believe: Write your personal credo of things you believe in.
  337. Lost and Found: Write about a lost object.
  338. Say it: Write a poem or story that uses dialogue between two people.
  339. The Unsent Letter: Write about a letter that never made it to its recipient.
  340. The Windows of the Soul: Write a poem about the story that is told through someone’s eyes.
  341. Trial and Error: Write about something you learned the hard way.
  342. Escape: Write about where you like to go to escape from it all.
  343. What’s Cooking: Write something inspired a favorite food or recipe.
  344. Records: Go through your file box and pull out old receipts or records…write something inspired by what you find!
  345. Banking: Write about visiting the bank.
  346. Sweet Talk: Write about trying to convince someone of something.
  347. Serendipity: Write about something that happened by chance in a positive way.
  348. Distractions: Write about how it feels when you can’t focus.
  349. Corporation: Write about big business.
  350. Word of the Day: Go to a dictionary website that has a word of the day and use it in a poem, story or journal entry you write.
  351. Pick Me Up: What do you do when you need a pick me up?
  352. Unfinished: Write about a project you started but never completed.
  353. Forgiveness: Write about a time when someone forgave you or you forgave someone.
  354. Weakness: Write about your greatest weakness.
  355. Starting: Write about starting a project.
  356. Mechanical: Think of gears, moving parts, machines.
  357. Random Act of Kindness: Write about a random act of kindness you’ve done for someone or someone has done for you, no matter how small or insignificant it may have seemed.
  358. Underground: Imagine living in a home underground and use that as inspiration for writing.
  359. Classic Rock: Pick a classic rock love ballad and rewrite it into a story or poem with a similar theme.
  360. Night Owl: Write about staying up late at night.
  361. Magnetic: Write about attraction to something or someone.
  362. Teamwork: Write about working with a team towards a common goal.
  363. Roller-coaster: Write about the ups and downs in life.
  364. Motivational Poster: Look at some motivational posters online and write a poem or journal entry inspired by your favorite one.
  365. Games: Write about the games people play – figuratively or literally.
  366. Turning Point: Write about a point in life where things turned for the better or worse.
  367. Spellbound: Write about a witch’s spell.
  368. Anniversary: Write about the anniversary of a special date.
  369. Gamble: Be inspired by a casino or lottery ticket.
  370. Picnic: Write about going on a picnic.
  371. Garage: Write about some random item you might find in a garage.
  372. Review: Review your week, month, or year in a journal entry or poem format.
  373. Detective: Write about a detective searching for clues or solving a mystery.
  374. Camera: Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take.
  375. Visiting: Write about visiting a family member or friend.
  376. Trust: Write about putting trust in someone.
  377. Congratulations! Did you write a poem, short story, or journal entry every day for a whole year? Write about what you’ve learned and celebrate your achievement!
  378. Write a story about someone who has just completed a huge challenge. What have they learned? What did they sacrifice? Was it worth it?
  379. Write a story in three sections, each section recounting the same event from a different character’s point of view
  380. “Loretta’s face was hidden by the wide brimmed hat boldly covered in ribbons and one rose. Rising slowly from the fourth pew, she raised her chin towards the minister and declared, “I object.”
  381. Write a story for children. Prompt is “The Golden Rule,” treat others are you wish to be treated.
  382. Like the list story, this prompt encourages you to break the narrative rules. Let the story unfold through a series of updates, memos, social media posts, a technical manual, or some other document that creates gaps the reader must fill in. Remember that each memo will be written in real time, reporting on an event, before the character experiences the next ‘episode’ and writes about it.
  383. Someone finds two dates listed on a piece of paper. The dates are in their own handwriting, but they do not know what the dates mean. They have to find out what the dates signify.
  384. I love concept albums, albums in which a singular story is told throughout the tracks. Some are silly, some are deep, but all of them are fascinating. Write the story that comes to you out of this lyric from Eagles’ Desperado album: “The towns lay out across the dusty plains like graveyards filled with tombstones waiting for the names.”
  385. Write a story in the form of a list.
  386. Use this list of words in your story: gallery, contemplated, identity, point, behind, tastes, followed, forty, like, generations.
  387. The banging on the cabin’s door is incessant. Your character throws the soufflé into the oven and rushes to open the door. No one is there, but on the floor, they see three antique brass keys and a Tarot card (JUSTICE, MAIDEN OF CUPS, or any other card). Write what happens next.
  388. Write about the person you see on either side of the reflection.
  389. Food can trigger visceral memories and strong emotions. Think of your favorite thing to eat and also your least favorite. Today, write a story inspired by food. Maybe your character is at a grocery store, or maybe they’re cooking at home with the kids. Maybe they’ve come across a fruit stand on the side of the road. The item you choose can be of central importance to the story or not. Anything goes!
  390. Venture into an unfamiliar thrift shop or antiques market and find an object you’ve never seen before. Even better–one whose function you can only guess! Then, tell a story in which that object plays a key role. Perhaps you can explain how it arrived there; perhaps it’s a lost heirloom or the key to unimaginable power. Or perhaps the object itself isn’t as important as how it brings two strangers together–or sunders a seemingly impenetrable bond.
  391. There is a llama sitting on the seat beside you, drinking coffee. No one else finds this odd. He turns to you, about to speak.
  392. Here’s a prompt from Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem Travel:

. . . there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,

No matter where it’s going.

Create a character who cannot wait to leave their town. Why do they want to leave? What or whom will they leave behind? Will the decision to start anew prove to be a good one?

  1. It’s a sign! This prompt idea came from an episode of Valley 101, a podcast about Arizona This episode was about who writes their funny highway signs, the history of them and what sort of messages they deliver. The idea of constraints appealed to me, often it drives creativity in unexpected directions. Arizona’s highway sign messages are three lines long, with up to 18 characters per line. You can have commas, spaces, apostrophes, and dashes, which all count toward the 18 character limit. Now 18×3 characters isn’t long to tell a story, but it is long enough to deliver an important message. So the prompt is this: Your character is in the middle of doing something mundane when they see a message that causes them to change course. The message could be something they see on a highway sign, a sign on the window of a store, a dashboard displayed in an office, or even a text message, but the limit is 18×3 characters and the message causes the character to change what they were doing/going to do.
  2. Write a story where your character is half way between one thing and another — at a transition. This can be literal, emotional, or metaphorical.
  3. Your character is doing something innocuous and habitual like washing dishes or driving in a car or picking up dry cleaning or taking a walk in the neighborhood when a ghost/spirit appears to them. Whether it is human, animal, or other, what is it saying and why has it appeared to the character at this moment? (This is good for dredging up something from the character’s subconscious and also for throwing your character off track with something unexpected.)
  4. Write a story from the perspective of a character that is not a human or other animal. The character could be something from nature, like a rock or a puddle or a tree, or it could be something built (for example, a lamp or a shoe or a fountain pen). Consider:
    • How does your character think? And what do they think about it?
    • What is most important to them?
    • What happens to them and how are they able, or not able, to react?
    • How do they feel about this?
  5. “One Thousand and Two Arabian Nights.” Story as survival: Your protagonist tells a story within a story in order to avoid some kind of disaster.
  6. Write a story in exactly 100 words.
  7. Write a letter to your 14-year-old self. Address that young person’s fears, concerns, questions, and insecurities. Offer reassurance based on what you now know as an adult.
  8. Write a six-word story complete with a beginning, middle, and end. Classic example from Hemingway: “Baby shoes for sale. Never worn.” Suggested prompt word: May. Could be the month, a person, a permission request, a game (e.g. Mother May I?). Or use another word. Bonus points if every word starts with the same letter.
  9. In a mysterious valley, two rival abbeys of nuns and monks serving the same strange god play a secret game unbeknownst to their superiors. When the stakes for the game become souls, how can the game be ended — and the debts to the demon of chance be paid?
  10. Write a story that doesn’t use unhappiness as its narrative catalyst. That is to say, write a happy story, one that is textured, interesting, not overly sentimental, but that is at its core, a happy story, however, you choose to imagine that.
  11. Write an interview with a character who invented something that changed the world…years after the change took place.
  12. A character has lost an object that is of great value to someone they love.
  13. Write a 1000 word flash fiction story that ends with the line: “That’s how a small cut in her finger led to the end of the world.”
  14. This prompt comes from thinking about point of view and you could use it to write the whole story in two parts. For the first part create a character who does something that you did during that week: e.g. go to the grocery store and you buy oranges. now. Now write about it in the third-person perspective and fictionalize it. In the second part move your story 10 years into the future. Change perspective to make it a first person perspective. And it turns out that that non-momentous moment from your life (e.g. going to the super supermarket and buying oranges) ended up being extremely important to this character. Don’t forget to include how the world has changed from 10 years ago to now and how the character’s world has changed, how they think of the world, and how they move through the world differently.
  15. Write a story or a scene in a setting you have never used before. It can be somewhere you have been or somewhere you have always wanted to go. It can be real or imagined. The goal is to try something new.
  16. There is a point, in the distance, that your character very badly wants to reach. What is it? What is the point from which they’ve started out, what are they willing to do to get to that point in the distance? What will they sacrifice? The bridge is the point between those two places. The bridge is where what they must do to get there, what they’re willing to sacrifice, and the consequences of those decisions coexist. Write their story, on the bridge.
  17. Write a short story about what happens when your town digs up a time capsule from 1950.
  18. Write a short story about an outcast teenage boy who one day suddenly discovers he can fly.
  19. Write a short story about a group of friends who are reunited under unusual circumstances after many years apart.
  20. Write a short story about a mystical mirror that shows viewers something surprising—and different—each time someone looks inside.
  21. Write a short story about a young girl who struggles to keep her grades up amidst trouble at home.
  22. Write a short story about a famous historical figure—from the perspective of him or her in the days leading up to the most significant thing he or she is known for.
  23. Write a short story about a woman who has the power to communicate with and understand animals.
  24. Write a short story about a group of explorers who find what they were looking for—only to discover that they never should have searched for it to begin with.
  25. Write a short story about a news photographer who learns a shocking truth one day while editing images.
  26. Write a short story about a man who returns to his hometown after 10 years away—only to discover things are all still the same.
  27. Write a short story about two strangers who cross paths every day but never meet.
  28. Write a short story about a family reunion that takes place on a two-week cruise.
  29. Write a short story about a college student who must make the toughest decision of his or her life.
  30. Write a short story about a farmer who spends a year growing an unusual crop.
  31. Write a short story about a friendly road trip that reveals an unexpected secret.
  32. Write a poem about your body.
  33. Write a poem about your worst quality.
  34. Write a poem about someone you love.
  35. Write a poem about the solar system.
  36. Write a poem about language and the power of words.
  37. Write a poem about the best dessert you ever had.
  38. Write a poem about the feeling of a wish come true.
  39. Write a poem about dinosaurs.
  40. Write a poem that imagines what you would do if you were invisible.
  41. Write a poem about power.
  42. Write a poem about a childhood memory.
  43. Write a poem about someone who isn’t sure where they’re going.
  44. Write a poem about your first crush.
  45. Write a poem about a tactile experience.
  46. Write a poem about your favorite type of music.
  47. Write a short, dialogue-based scene between two people who are both hiding something from each other.
  48. Write a short, dialogue-based scene between a young child and his or her grandfather.
  49. Write a short, dialogue-based scene between 2-4 characters who aren’t really listening to one another.
  50. Write a short, dialogue-based scene between two friends who have just been through an exhilarating experience.
  51. Write a short, dialogue-based scene between a pair of strangers who are waiting to be rescued after getting trapped on an elevator together.
  52. Write a brief memoir or personal essay about an experience in a brand new location.
  53. Write a brief memoir or personal essay about a time when you felt like you belonged somewhere.
  54. Write a brief memoir or personal essay about a great memory with your favorite family member.
  55. Write a brief memoir or personal essay about a formative moment you had at school.
  56. Write a brief memoir or personal essay about something that always makes you laugh.
  57. Reflect on sadness through the lens of an object.
  58. Reflect on a relationship in your life through the lens of an object.
  59. Reflect on growing up through the lens of an object.
  60. Reflect on karma through the lens of an object.
  61. Reflect on a mystery through the lens of an object.
  62. Choose your own genre and write about your favorite place in the world.
  63. Choose your own genre and write about nature.
  64. Choose your own genre and write about the future.
  65. Choose your own genre and write about a special family tradition.
  66. Choose your own genre and write about your favorite book.
  67. Choose your own genre and write about the most interesting thing you ever saw.
  68. Choose your own genre and write about what you would do if you could travel through time.
  69. Choose your own genre and write about learning.
  70. Choose your own genre and write about how two people can be wildly different and totally alike at the same time.
  71. Choose your own genre and write about the first day of a new season.
  72. Choose your own genre and write about your parents.
  73. Choose your own genre and write about a celebration.
  74. Choose your own genre and write about water.
  75. Choose your own genre and write about an important truth.
  76. Choose your own genre and write about something you don’t understand
  77. Write a scene starting with a regular family ritual that goes awry.
  78. Describe exactly what you see/smell/hear/etc, right now. Include objects, people, and anything else in your immediate environment.
  79. Suggest eight possible ways to get a ping pong ball out of a vertical pipe.
  80. A shoe falls out of the sky. Justify why.
  81. If your brain were a tangible, physical place, what would it be like?
  82. Begin your writing with the phrase, “The stage was set.”
  83. You have been asked to write a history of “The Summer of [this past year].” Your publisher wants a table of contents. What events will you submit?
  84. Write a sympathetic story from the point of view of the “bad guy.” (Think fractured fairy tales like Wicked or The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs!, although the story doesn’t have to be a fairy tale.)
  85. Look at everyday objects in a new way and write about the stories one of these objects contains.
  86. One person meets a stranger on a mode of transportation. Write the story that ensues.
  87. Include something falling in your writing.
  88. Write a short poem (or story) with the title, “We don’t know when it will be fixed.”
  89. Write from the perspective of someone of a different gender than you.
  90. Write a dumb internet quiz.
  91. Finish this thought: “A perfect day in my imagination begins like this:”
  92. Write a character’s inner monologue (what they are thinking as they go about their day).
  93. Think of a character. Write a paragraph each about:
    • An important childhood experience that character had.
    • The character’s living situation.
    • Two hobbies or things the character likes to do.
    • The room where the character sleeps.
    • An ambition of the character.
    • Two physical characteristics of the character.
    • What happens when a second person and this character meet.
    • Two important defining personal traits of this character.
  94. Start a story with a quote from a song.
  95. Begin a story with, “It was the summer of ______ when ______”
  96. Pretend everyday objects have no names. Think about what you would name them based on what they do, what you can use them for, and what they look like.
  97. Start a story with the phrases “My grandparents are/were,” “My parents are/were,” or “My mother/father/parent is/was.”
  98. List five issues that you’re passionate about. Write about them from the opposite point of view (or from the perspective of a character with the opposite point of view).
  99. Walk around and write down a phrase you hear (or read). Make a story out of it.
  100. Write using no adjectives or adverbs.
  101. Write a character’s inner dialogue between different aspects of a character’s self (rather than an inner monologue).
  102. Write a true story from your past that involves light or darkness in some way.
  103. “Saying goodbye awakens us to the true nature of things.” Write something in which someone has to say goodbye and has a realization.
  104. Begin by writing the end of the story.
  105. Write a recipe for an intangible thing.
  106. Write a horror story about an ordinary situation (e.g., buying groceries, going to the bank, listening to music).
  107. Write a story from within a bubble.
  108. Write down 2-3 short character descriptions and then write the characters in conversation with one another.
  109. Write a story in second person.
  110. Write a story that keeps contradicting itself.
  111. Write about a character with at least three big problems.
  112. Write something that takes place on a Friday, the 13th (of any month).
  113. Write a story which starts with someone eating a pickle and potato sandwich.
  114. Write a short script where the plot has to do with evil dolls trying to take over something.
  115. Write about writers’ block.
  116. List five election issues that would be ridiculous to includes as part of your election platform (e.g. outlawing mechanical pencils and clicky pens, mandating every person over the age of 30 must own an emergency last rites kit). Choose one of the ridiculous issues and write a speech in favor of it.
  117. Write a children’s story that is insanely inappropriate but can’t use graphic language, curses, or violence.
  118. List five careers. Write about someone with one of those careers who wants to quit it.
  119. Write down a list of murder methods. Choose one at random from the list to use in a story.
  120. Write a romance story in which the hero must have a last name corresponding with a physical characteristic (e.g. Jacques Hairyback or Flora Dimple).
  121. Come up with 10 different ways to:
    • say hello
    • order a pizza
    • congratulate someone on a job well done
    • apologize
    • return to the store something that’s broken

Write a story involving at least one of these methods.

  1. Search for “random Renaissance painting” (or any other inspirational image search text you can think of) on any online internet image search engine. Picking one image, write half a page each of:
    • Statements about this image (e.g. “I meant bring me the BREAD of John the Baptist”).
    • Questions about this image (e.g. “How many of those cherubs look like their necks are broken?”).
    • Explanations of this image (e.g. “The painter ran out of blue paint halfway through and had to improvise for the color of the sky”).
    • Commands said by people in this image or about this image (e.g. “Stop telling me to smile!” or “Bring me some gasoline!”).
  2. Write starting with a word that sounds like “chute” (e.g. “chute,” “shoot,” “shooed”).
  3. Write about a character named X “The [article of clothing]” Y (e.g. Julie “The Yellow Darted Skirt” Whyte) or simply referred to by their clothing (e.g. “the man in the brown suit” or “the woman in black”).
  4. Write down a paragraph each describing two wildly different settings. Write a story involving both settings.
  5. Think of a fictional holiday based around some natural event (e.g. the Earth being at its farthest point from the sun, in memory of a volcanic eruption, that time a cloud looked like a rabbit riding a bicycle). Write about how this holiday is celebrated.
  6. Write a “Just-So” type story about a fictional creature (e.g. “how the dragon got its firebreath” or “how the mudkip got its cheek gills”).
  7. Borrow a character from some other form of media (or create your own). Write from that character’s perspective.
  8. Write for and against a non-consequential controversy (e.g., salt vs. pepper, Mac vs. PC, best kind of door).
  9. Choose an ancestor or a person from the past to write about or to.
  10. Write a pirate story with a twist.
  11. Have a character talk about another character and their feelings about that other character.
  12. Pick a season and think about an event in your life that occurred in that season. Write a creative nonfiction piece about that event and that season.
  13. Think of something very complicated and long. Write a page about it using short sentences.
  14. Write a story as a dream.
  15. Describe around a food without ever directly naming it.
  16. Write a monologue (one character, talking to the audience/reader) (*not* an inner monologue).
  17. Begin a story with the phrase, “It only took five seconds to…”
  18. List five strong emotions. Choosing one, write about a character experiencing that emotion, but only use the character’s actions to convey how they are feeling (no outright statements).
  19. Write a chapter of the memoir of your life.
  20. Look through the (physical) things you’re currently carrying with you or wearing. Write about the memories or emotions tied with each of them.
  21. Go be in nature. Write drawing your story from your surroundings (both physical, social, and mental/emotional).
  22. Write from the perspective of a bubble (or bubble-like creature).
  23. A person is jogging along an asphalt road. Write a story.
  24. Title your story (or poem, or play, etc) “Anti-_____”. Fill in the blank and write the story.
  25. Write something that must include an animal, a mineral, and a vegetable.
  26. Begin your writing with the phrase, “6 weeks later…”
  27. List 5-10 office jobs. Pick one of them and describe a person working in that job as if you were a commentator on an Olympic sporting event.
  28. Practice your poetic imagery: overwrite a description of a character’s breakfast routine.
  29. Write about a character (or group of characters) trying to convince another character to try something they’re scared of.
  30. Keep an eye out in your environment for examples of greengrocer’s apostrophes and rogue quotation marks. Pick an example and write about what the misplaced punctuation implies (e.g., we have the “best” meat or we have the best “meat”).
  31. Fill in the blank with the first word that comes to mind: “_______ Riot!” Write a newspaper-style article describing the events that that took place.
  32. Write from the point of view of your most-loved possession. What does it think of you?
  33. Think of five common sayings (e.g., “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”). Write a horror story whose plot is one of those common sayings.
  34. Write a scene in which two characters are finally hashing out a long-standing misunderstanding or disagreement.
  35. You start receiving text messages from an unknown number. Tell the story of what happens next.
  36. Write one character bragging to another about the story behind their new tattoo.
  37. Superheroes save the world…but they also leave a lot of destruction in their wake. Write about a normal person in a superhero’s world.
  38. Sometimes, family is who we are related to; sometimes, family is a group of people we gather around ourselves. Write a story about (some of) a character’s found family and relatives meeting for the first time.
  39. Write a story that begins in the middle of the plot’s action (en media res).
  40. Everyone says you can never have too much of a good thing. Write a story where that isn’t true.
  41. What do ghosts do when they’re not creating mischief? Write about the secret lives of ghosts.
  42. Every year, you dread the last week of April. Write a story about why.
  43. Write a story about what it would be like to have an animal sidekick in real life.
  44. Heists don’t just have to be black-clad thieves stealing into vaults to steal rare art or money. Write about a group of people (adults or children) who commit a heist for something of seemingly little monetary value.
  45. “Life is like a chooseable-path adventure, except you don’t get to see what would have happened if you chose differently.” Think of a choice you’ve made and write about a world where you made a different choice.
  46. Write a story about a secret room.
  47. You find a message in a bottle with very specific directions. Write a story about the adventure you embark upon.
  48. “You’ll always be okay as long as you know where your _______ is.” Fill in the blank and write a story (either fictional or from your life) illustrating this statement.
  49. Forcing people into prolonged proximity can change and deepen relationships. Write about characters on a road trip together.
  50. In music, sonata form includes three main parts: exposition, development, and recapitulation. Write a short story that follows this format.
  51. Begin writing with a character saying, “I’m afraid this simply can’t wait.”
  52. Write a story with a happy ending (either happily-ever-after or happy-for-now).
  53. Write about a character before and after a tragedy in that character’s life.
  54. Choose an object or concept you encounter in everyday life (e.g. tables, the feeling of hot or cold, oxygen) and write an infomercial about it.
  55. “Life is a series of quests, whether important or mundane.” Write about a quest you’ve gone on (or would like to go on, or will have to go on).
  56. List 10 different ways to learn. Choose one (or more) and write a story where a character learns something using that one (or more) method.
  57. You’ve been called to the principal’s office for bad behavior. You know what you did. Explain and justify yourself.
  58. A character discovers their sibling owns a cursed object. Write about what happens next.
  59. Write a character description by writing a list of items that would be on a scavenger hunt about them.
  60. The slogan for a product or service you’re advertising is, “Kid-tested, _____.” Fill in the blank and write the copy for a radio or podcast advertisement for your product.
  61. You find strange, muddy footprints leading up to your front door.
  62. A stranger sits down next to you on a train and gets up, leaving a package behind. Do you investigate the package?
  63. You hear news of your next-door neighbor vanishing without a trace.
  64. One day the national news channel shuts off. And the next day after that, too.
  65. One day at work, you look across the street to see a hooded figure in a black coat pointing directly at you. What do they want?
  66. You stumble upon a strange house you’ve never seen before on your morning run.
  67. You get a text message from an unknown number saying, “Meet me outside. Now.”
  68. Your parents tell you that they actually don’t know whose child you are.
  69. Someone puts a large black box on your doorstep. A note on the front reads, “Caution: may bite.”
  70. You wake up to discover a completely different, unknown face staring back at you from the mirror.
  71. The protagonist of your story discovers that there is a person who looks exactly like him.
  72. An international spy group recruits you to be their latest member.
  73. You begin to realize that your reflection is no longer appearing in mirrors.
  74. You aunt passes away, leaving you $500,000 in her will under the condition that you resume care for your hundred-year-old home.
  75. Your best friend tells you that she feels like someone’s been watching her. The next day she goes missing.
  76. Three words: Long lost brother.
  77. The day of your wedding, you wake up to find every person in your wedding party has been brutally murdered.
  78. The FBI begs you to come back to work on a special case. Your former partner has turned and is now wanted for the murders of three co-workers.
  79. Local gravestones begin disappearing.
  80. You can solve murders simply by stepping foot at the crime scene. Problem is, no one believes you.
  81. Write a short story where the protagonist has a doppelganger. 
  82. Your fingers tensed around the object in your pocket, ready to pull it out at a moment’s notice. 
  83. You’re sitting by a window watching the flakes slowly and silently fall. Suddenly, you see something outside that snaps you out of your reverie. 
  84. You’re at a huge store scouting out Black Friday deals. You start to notice that all the security cameras in the store seem to be following your each and every move. 
  85. You work for the CIA who send you undercover in the FBI, who send you undercover in M16, who send you undercover in the CIA, who are very confused that you are back after only two weeks. 
  86. A terrorist group has been infiltrated by so many agencies that it is now run by spies, unbeknownst to the spies themselves. This fact becomes apparent to an actual extremist who joins their ranks. 
  87. Ever since childhood, a dark figure no one else can see has been following you around, whispering in your ear. Today you see it lying a few feet away, screaming and asking you to run. 
  88. You’ve lived an average life up until today, your 20th birthday. You just found out that your dad is the runaway son of a doting criminal warlord, and your mom is the daughter of an equally doting secret agent. Both family businesses are looking to make you the next heir. 
  89. She has been walking for hours. Her feet are starting to bleed. But she can’t stop moving… she can’t let him find her again. 
  90. The morning after a blizzard you make your way outside and slowly start to realize everyone has disappeared. 
  91. You find a hand-written note on your windshield that says, “Drive west for 100 miles.” 
  92. You wake up in a jail cell, crusted blood covering your hands. You have no idea how you got there. The cell door clangs open, and an officer walks you to interrogation room where two detectives wait to question you. 
  93. You walk into your job and find a secret, coded note pinned to your desk. What do you do next? 
  94. Guard this with your life. 
  95. A loved one confides in you, but the secret could damage someone else you care about. What do you do? 
  96. As you’re browsing through a rack of sweaters, someone approaches you and says, “I need you to listen to me very carefully.” 
  97. Write a short dark comedy in which a long-unsolved mystery is finally cracked. 
  98. They say a picture is worth a thousand words but you knew the one you’d just taken was worth a million. 
  99. You were the oldest person still living in the town and you remembered things no one else did. 
  100. Looking through old family photos, multiple generations back, you notice there is a cat in almost every group photo. The same cat – color, pattern, one docked ear – that is currently purring on your lap. 
  101. “… and that’s why dividing by three is illegal.” 
  102. You’re a serial killer who murders anyone you see hitchhiking up your mountain. One day, you pick up a hitchhiker who kills anyone who picks them up.
  103. You are legally allowed to commit murder once, but you must fill out the proper paperwork and your proposed victim will be notified of your intentions.
  104. You hire two private investigators to investigate each other. One month later both come to you to present their findings. 
  105. 20 years after your daughter was abducted, a detective finds you to reopen the case. The detective turns out to be your daughter. 
  106. You’re shaking hands with a stranger at a networking event when you ask for their name. “I have no name,” they reply. 
  107. As you’re paying for your groceries, you mention to the clerk, “There’s a mess in aisle 16.” They give you a puzzled look and reply, “There is no aisle 16.” 
  108. The detective didn’t realize they were being foiled by a competing detective. 
  109. The first day you opened your own office as a private investigator, you didn’t expect it to be busy. You were wrong. 
  110. You are the world’s greatest detective. With your near superhuman intellect, you have never failed to solve a case before. One day, you finally meet your match: a criminal so unbelievably stupid that you cannot possibly comprehend and predict what he’s going to do next. 
  111. Left at the altar, you decide to seek revenge on your ex.
  112. You got ditched at the last minute before prom – who will your date be?
  113. A stranger texts the wrong number, and accidentally sends you a declaration of love. The message is so sweet and heartfelt that you know you can’t let it go.
  114. A divorced former couple find each other on the same flight to Paris… Sitting next to each other.
  115. After joining an adult swim league, you realize that your coach is irresistibly cute.
  116. Your husband accidentally sends you a text meant for his mistress.
  117. You and a hot stranger get trapped in an elevator.
  118. Write a love story set at the zoo.
  119. A college professor and their teaching assistant hit it off a little too well.
  120. You get to make one wish to create your dream romantic partner. What is it?
  121. Two strangers on an online chat room hit it off. Turns out they’re childhood sweethearts.
  122. A parole officer falls in love with his parolee.
  123. After their catamaran crashes, a husband and wife on their anniversary trip are left marooned on an island in the tropics.
  124. She’s a burgeoning lingerie model who needs her cute neighbor to take portfolio shots of her.
  125. An alien falls in love with a forbidden human.
  126. Desperate for cash, a med student signs up to be a nude model for a retired women’s art club.
  127. A cutthroat business woman swore she’d never find love until her best friend sets her up on a blind date.
  128. Two widowed people meet at a community garden.
  129. A chef decides to embark on an international culinary tour for inspiration and falls in love with their tour guide.
  130. A daughter tries to set her widowed father up on an online dating app – without him knowing.
  131. A Republican presidential candidate and Democratic presidential candidate fall in love.
  132. You are a popular book heroine’s love interest. You now have 60 seconds to convince them that saving the city is more important than saving you. 
  133. The love of your life is your brother’s nemesis.
  134. You fall in love with every person you make eye contact with.
  135. You’re a mail order bride arriving at her new home for the first time.
  136. After you move to a new city, you fall in love with your realtor while buying a new house.
  137. You realize that you’ve fallen out of love with your new wife while you’re on your honeymoon.
  138. You and your best friends decide to try a new dating app for the first time.
  139. At your friend’s urging, you begrudgingly attend a Valentine’s Day speed dating event. 
  140. Every day, you return to your apartment and say, “Honey, I’m home. Oh wait, that’s right… I live alone.” But then one day, a voice replies, “I picked up some pizza.” 
  141. Cupid offers to shoot an arrow into the person you love. He warns you that if the person already has a pre-existing affection towards you, it will disappear when the arrow strikes. 
  142. You meet your doppelganger of the opposite sex and find you are strangely attracted to each other. 
  143. Write a romantic comedy. Difficulty: both lovers are emotionally mature and have excellent communication skills. 
  144. In the future, romantic attraction is literal: each person is fitted with an electromagnetic bracelet which, they claim, will pull you to your soulmate. It’s the day they turn the magnets on, and you’re waiting. 
  145. A fortune teller falls in love with their client who has their palm read every month. 
  146. It wasn’t love at first sight. But now you were starting to see them in a new light… 
  147. Someone with anxiety falls in love with someone extremely adventurous. 
  148. The lives of two people are changed forever when they coincidentally meet and engage in a weekend-long affair. 
  149. They lived in a world where PDA is forbidden. One day, they slipped up and held hands on the street. 
  150. Two characters who are perfect for one another are foiled by bad timing. 
  151. Two mortal enemies fall in love when they’re trapped in an elevator together and begin to see the other person’s perspective. 
  152. Valentine’s Day at a retirement home. 
  153. Well, that was a New Year’s Eve kiss you won’t forget any time soon. 
  154. You have the ability to make anyone fall in love with you. You’ve just fallen in love for the first time. Do you use your power? 
  155. You and your partner finally have the most romantic vacation planned. Problem is, your in-laws decided to tag along at the last minute.
  156. You never would have guessed that in 48 hours you’d be married. 
  157. A dog lover and cat lover fall in love… and must find a way to get their animals to fall in love, too.
  158. You’ve been bumping into the same stranger for months. Finally, you decide to say hello. 
  159. They might have aged 50 years, but when they held you, those hands felt exactly like they did the first time. 
  160. An avalanche strands two mortal enemies together… and they start to fall in love.
  161. You wake up one morning to find out that you get to move to any planet of your choosing.
  162. Your wife is a droid.
  163. Every day, you get one hour to revisit any moment from your life. What do you pick?
  164. Gravity no longer exists.
  165. You are chosen to go on the first ever recreational space journey.
  166. After people die, their spirits can be brought back from death but at the cost of one random human life. Is it worth it?
  167. Everyone in the world has the ability to read thoughts. Except for one person.
  168. You have to power to build one separate planet. How do you build it? Who gets to live there?
  169. What team do you gather to fight the largest alien and terrorist threat on Earth?
  170. The world is dying. In order to save it, you’ve been commanded to sacrifice yourself to an invading alien group.
  171. You are the first person able to breathe in outer space.
  172. A rare form of cancer is the newest superbug. With a team of scientists, you all must find a cure before the population is wiped out.
  173. Human beings begin to find themselves growing extra limbs as global warming amps up.
  174. It turns out humans have been the aliens all along.
  175. You are in charge of a secretive government agency that aligns people’s fates. Their livelihood is entirely up to you and what you want to do with it.
  176. Technology becomes illegal.
  177. All plant life on the planet is wiped out, except for in Florida.
  178. You are one of the mechanics on the first ever self-flying airplane.
  179. Walking through the woods one day, you come across a small animal that has the ability to instantaneously clone itself.
  180. Your whole family has fought in the space military, but you’ve decided to no longer take part in it.
  181. In an alternate universe where global warming has ruined the planet, you’ve spent your entire life living in an airplane on autopilot.
  182. You’re a 15-year-old in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. However, a cure has been found that not only rids the infected person of the virus before they turn but prevents it altogether. Only one problem… Your parents are anti-vaxxers. 
  183. Nasa engineers monitor the curiosity rover’s actions. All seems normal until the robot suddenly changes its course. The scientists attempt to correct it over and over until they suddenly receive a transmission from the rover: “Will Save Oppy” 
  184. What if a nuclear submarine was ordered to launch their nuclear arsenal onto the world? 
  185. What if the world we live in is actually a computer simulation? 
  186. What if the past and present timelines began to merge? 
  187. What if your stepfather or stepmother is actually your future self? 
  188. What if the sun began to die? 
  189. What if the universe as we know it is actually someone’s imagination? 
  190. Everyone on earth begins to experience universal amnesia.
  191. The year is 2200. What does the world look like to you?
  192. In the future, we no longer require water, air, or food. We are a super efficient team of robots.
  193. What do you think happens when the grid goes down?
  194. Describe your perfect utopian world.
  195. Your penpal lives on the opposite side of the universe.
  196. Aliens who only communicate with sign language invade. To avoid war, our governments must engage a vastly marginalized portion of the human population: the hearing-impaired. 
  197. A rogue planet with strange properties collides with our sun, and after it’s all over, worldwide temperature falls forty degrees. Write from the perspective of a someone trying to keep his tropical fruit trees alive. 
  198. Ever read about the world’s loneliest whale? Write a story in which he’s actually the survivor of an aquatic alien species which crashed here eons ago, and he’s trying very hard to learn the “local” whale language so he can fit in. Write from his perspective the first time he makes contact. 
  199. An alien planet starts receiving bizarre audio transmissions from another world (spoiler: they’re from Earth). What does it mean? Are they under attack? Some think so…until classic rock ‘n’ roll hits the airwaves, and these aliens discover dancing. Write from the perspective of the teenaged alien who first figures it out. 
  200. Take anything we find normal today (shopping malls, infomercials, products to remove facial hair, etc.) and write a story from the perspective of an archeologist five thousand years in the future who just unearthed this stuff, has NO idea what any of it was for, and has to give a speech in an hour explaining the historical/religious/sociological significance. 
  201. House cats are aliens who have succeeded in their plan to rule the world. Discuss.
  202. A high schooler from fifteen hundred years in our future is assigned a one-page writing project on a twenty-first century person’s life based entirely on TV commercials. Write the beginning of the essay.
  203. Time travel works, but only once in a person’s life. Write from the perspective of someone who chooses to go back in time, knowing they can never return. Where do they go and why? 
  204. So yeah, ancient Egypt really was “all that” after all, and the pyramids turn out to be fully functional spaceships (the limestone was to preserve the electronics hidden inside). Write from the perspective of the tourist who accidentally turns one on. 
  205. Ten years from now, scientists figure out how to stop human aging and extend life indefinitely—but every time someone qualifies for that boost, someone else has to die to keep the surplus population in check. Oh, it’s all very humane; one’s descendants get a huge paycheck. Write from the perspective of someone who just got a letter in the mail saying they’re the one who has to die. 
  206. In the future, neural implants translate music into physical pleasure, and earphones (“jacking in”) are now the drug of choice. Write either from the perspective of a music addict, OR the Sonforce agent (sonance + enforcer) who has the job of cracking down. 
  207. It’s the year 5000. Our planet was wrecked in the great Crisis of 3500, and remaining human civilization survives only in a half dozen giant domed cities. There are two unbreakable rules: strict adherence to Life Quality (recycling doesn’t even begin to cover these laws), and a complete ban on reproduction (only the “worthy” are permitted to create new humans). Write from the perspective of a young woman who just discovered she’s been chosen to reproduce—but she has no interest in being a mother. 
  208. In the nineteenth century, there’s a thriving trade in stolen archeological artifacts. Write a story from the perspective of an annoyed, minimum-wage employee whose job is traveling back in time to obtain otherwise unobtainable artifacts, then has to bring them back to the present (the 1800s, that is) and artificially age them before they will sell. 
  209. Steampunk! Write a story from the perspective of a hot air balloon operator who caters to folks who like a little thrill… which means she spends half her time in the air shooting down pterodactyls before the paying customers get TOO scared. 
  210. Creation myth! Write from the perspective of a crazy scientist in the year 28,000 who, determined to discover how the universe began, rigs up a malfunctioning time machine, goes to the “beginning” of the universe, and ends up being the reason for the Big Bang. (Logic? Causal effect? Pfft. Hush, it’s time-travel, and that was never logical.) 
  211. A mysterious creature speaks to you in your dreams and tells you that when you awake, you will have the ability to see into another realm.
  212. Your pet dragon transforms into a person.
  213. You are gifted with the strongest, most elusive sword in the kingdom, but if you use it you will never be able to speak again.
  214. A magical world exists underground. To get there, you’ll need to start digging.
  215. You wake up and find out that you’re the only living person left on the planet.
  216. On her deathbed, your grandmother tells you that there’s a hidden treasure buried in her backyard. The family has been trying to locate it for decades. It’s up to you to finally find it.
  217. The ocean becomes the sky.
  218. You must save your kingdom from ruin by learning how to breathe fire.
  219. You have the power to read the lost language, making you the only person to decipher the scroll.
  220. Fairies are tired of being used for free labor.
  221. Your favorite fairy tale is now set in 2019.
  222. You are kidnapped by a knight who demands your assistance in sleighing the city’s most dangerous dragon.
  223. A man and his wife own the largest potion store in town. Little do the townspeople know, but they’re all being slowly poisoned by the potions.
  224. A magical toad begins talking to you, but you’re the only person who can hear him.
  225. You come into possession of a ring that can change the weather to whatever you decide.
  226. You’re selected to take part in a secretive, underground magic university… but you have to kill someone to go.
  227. You wake up to find yourself a member of King Arthur’s Round Table.
  228. An underwater society decides to overtake the world.
  229. Regular person by day, a shape shifter by night.
  230. Satan puts you in charge of Hell.
  231. You are the king. After your daughter was kidnapped by a dragon, you offered the standard reward to whoever rescued her. You weren’t expecting a different dragon to rescue her. 
  232. A woman has been dating guy after guy, but it never seems to work out. She’s unaware that she’s actually been dating the same guy over and over; a shapeshifter who’s fallen for her and is certain he’s going to get it right this time. 
  233. The cocky main character of a popular book is sent to the real world. He is shocked to find that the fans of his book not only like the villain more but favor his side kick over him. 
  234. You’re an immortal who lives at a beach resort. You have many summer flings with mortals on getaways. One day you see someone you had a hot romantic night with 50 years ago. They look exactly the same. 
  235. The stars have been watching you your whole life, as you laughed and cried, loved and suffered. Today, you’re finally going to do something that none of them can bear to watch. They blink out, the whole night sky turning dark, just as you’re about to do it. 
  236. A lord takes a fancy to a peasant girl and kidnaps her for his own. Little does he know that she’s a trained assassin who has been preparing to take his life for years. 
  237. You are the last person on Earth, and you are able to make one wish. What do you wish for?
  238. You and your family are on a hike when you stumble upon a group of witches in the forest, in the midst of casting spells.
  239. You have the power to transform into whatever mystical creature you choose.
  240. You and your ghost best friend are an infamous crime-solving team.
  241. No, there’s absolutely no way that ghosts are real. Sure, you just saw a mysterious fuzzy figure you appear before you in your house, but that had to be your imagination… right?
  242. You’re the one human who is capable of seeing ghosts. It’s up to you to save them from being removed from the human world for good.
  243. You were born to be a villain, but you find yourself leaning more and more towards the good as you get older.
  244. Spend some time working on world building. How can you create a believable fantasy world that readers can picture clearly? What types of characters does your world include?
  245. Dream up your own, one-of-a-kind mythical race.
  246. You and your adventurous crew on a quest for the old King’s hidden gold. Just one problem – so is the rest of your village.
  247. 10 cm of snow had fallen overnight, just as the weatherman predicted. The only thing is… the snow isn’t white. 
  248. You start realizing that at least one aspect of every dream you have comes true the next day. 
  249. You can buy a pill that lets you decide exactly what you will dream about while you sleep. 
  250. You find a polaroid camera that seems to predict the future: its pictures show what will happen exactly 5 minutes from the moment you take them. 
  251. You were on your way to see a doctor who promised to know the secret to making yourself fall out of love with someone. 
  252. Write a story that includes a character hearing their fate by a fortune teller. 
  253. As a joke, you put on a tinfoil hat. Suddenly your mind goes completely silent. 
  254. Silence is now literally golden. For every day of total silence a person completes, they receive a piece of gold. 
  255. A new candy had been invented that allowed the person who ate it to relive any memory they wanted. There was a lineup outside the shop. 
  256. It’s 1AM at night. But the sun is out. 
  257. You wake up 10 years younger. What do you do? 
  258. I wish I could skip next week, you think as you get into bed that night. In the morning, you wake up 100 years in the future. (Reesy)
  259. They found out about us. They’re coming. They were the words the kingdom had feared hearing for thousands of years. 
  260. A group of scientists on a submarine are alarmed when they spot what looks like a functioning lighthouse at the bottom of the ocean. 
  261. You’re chasing your dream of being the first person to fly.
  262. Coffee is illegal and you have to single handedly smuggle it into the country.
  263. You have to get to the bottom of your family’s deepest secret.
  264. What was the strangest thing you’ve ever seen in public?
  265. Detail the life of the person who inspires you the most.
  266. Imagine what would happen if you woke up one morning unable to see, speak, or hear.
  267. Think about what you are most proud of. Follow the story of how you got to that point.
  268. By way of a lottery system, the king chooses you to be his queen.
  269. Use five points of view to describe one situation.
  270. Describe the life of a struggling author attempting to make it “big.”
  271. Tell the story of one woman on the mission to find her lost biological daughter.
  272. Your dream is to open a restaurant and be a top chef, but how can you do that when you were born without taste buds?
  273. You’ve just returned home from war only to find your family missing without a trace.
  274. A famous shoe designer asks you to quit your job and be his latest model.
  275. You have the power to create, and star in, your own reality show. What does it look like?
  276. The dark family secret that’s always been hidden comes to light.
  277. As an 80-year-old, you decide to finally learn how to swim so you can participate in a triathlon.
  278. Write a scene detailing your greatest fear. Now imagine that has come true for your character.
  279. What’s the greatest advice you’ve ever been given? What if you lived solely according to it?
  280. You live in a world with no stress and fear.
  281. Death has been flirting with you for a long time, but they’ve become a bit annoying. After another attempting to hang out with you again, you jokingly tell them, “If I was the last person on Earth, I’d maybe give you a chance.” Death believes you and will double their efforts.
  282. When people are born, they are assigned a soulmate. They have a song in their head that only them and their soulmate know. How do you find your soulmate? 
  283. Write a story about a character waking up to something absurd. 
  284. Write a story about a character waking up to the best news of their life. 
  285. Write a short story with an unreliable narrator that readers can never quite trust. 
  286. Write a short story in which the main “character” is the setting: for example, a house. 
  287. Write a story about someone who would be described, above all else, as honest. Or kind. Or intelligent. 
  288. Using only dialogue, write a short story about a first date, a reunion between old friends, an argument that gets heated, an adult explaining something to a child, or the reveal of a long-hidden secret. 
  289. Imagine telling the story of a professional hypnotizer. 
  290. Tell a story through text messages.
  291. Tell the story of what you would do if you won the lottery.
  292. Write your own obituary.
  293. Tell a story from your favorite era.
  294. Imagine how you would help solve the greatest challenges that the world faces. What would your plan be?
  295. What would a world be like with no poverty? What would change? What would stay the same?
  296. Tell the story of the first time that you learned to do something really well.
  297. Imagine what it would be like to be a pop star.
  298. Tell a story through song.
  299. Write from the perspective of your worst enemy.
  300. Tell a story using only one sense – seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, or touching.
  301. After years on the job search, you’ve finally gotten your dream job – but it changes you for the worst.
  302. You own a tiny mom and pops-type store that you run with your family.
  303. The worst thing that you could imagine happening happens.
  304. You’re the judge of the annual pie contest in your hometown but, unbeknownst to you, one of the pies is poisoned.
  305. You go on a road trip to visit your late father’s grave.
  306. Tell the story of seeing the ocean for the first time. Or the last.
  307. You’re allergic to oxygen.
  308. Imagine what would happen if every person in the world woke up in a good mood every day.
  309. You’re put in charge of taking care of your elderly grandmother towards the end of her life.
  310. You get one chance to talk to any person in the world. Who do you choose?
  311. What makes you believe in God?
  312. God speaks directly to you – what does He say?
  313. What do you find to be most beautiful in the world?
  314. You get to build a religion of your own. What do you make it into?
  315. You must live every single day according to a holy text of your choice. What happens?
  316. Explore what it means to be religious versus spiritual.
  317. What helps you meditate?
  318. What is the greatest wisdom that you would like to impart on the world?
  319. Who is one religious figure you would like to have dinner with? What do you talk to them about?
  320. Describe your idea of heaven.
  321. Detail your favorite story in the holy text of your choosing.
  322. You live in a world where no Gods exist.
  323. What does karma mean to you?
  324. What would your ideal world look like?
  325. You have the power to make every single person in the world ether religious or nonreligious. What do you do? What changes about the world?
  326. What makes you a religious or spiritual person?
  327. Describe what a church means to you. Have you had positive or negative experiences in a church?
  328. Write a poem about your religious path in life.
  329. Write a religious comedy.
  330. What happens when a priest decides he doesn’t want to be a priest anymore?
  331. Think about what morality means to you.
  332. What is the difference in good versus evil? How do you know?
  333. How does one know what is innately good?
  334. What makes you religious?
  335. What makes you non religious?
  336. Put yourself in the shoes of someone who has completely opposite spiritual or religious views from you. Why do they think a certain way?
  337. Describe what your childhood views in spirituality or religion were.
  338. What do you hope your religious or spirituality path to look like as you age?
  339. How would you advise someone to strengthen their faith?
  340. If you could talk to God, what would you want to say?
  341. The Southern Baptist Convention elects its first woman president, though she is subsequently removed from the position due to an obscure rule. In protest, every woman leaves the Southern Baptist denomination to form an independent, women-only sect of Baptists.
  342. God needs a vacation from heaven, so he comes to earth to experience life as a dog. He is captured by animal control and is impounded, and you adopt god-the-dog after a tragedy that makes you question your faith.
  343. An opiate addict going through severe withdrawal symptoms has a conversation with the Buddha – what did they talk about, and was it the result of a fever dream, or a spiritual awakening?
  344. You record a video that seemingly shows a woman walking on water at a small rural pond. The video goes viral as proof that Jesus has returned, and Christians begin to wonder if Christ was the Daughter, not the Son, of God.
  345. A secular Jew and a devout Muslim debate food and faith on a train from Quebec to Montreal.
  346. What are your personal ten commandments?
  347. When was a specific moment where you felt a “divine presence” in your life?
  348. Have you ever felt like you’ve experienced a glimpse into the afterlife?
  349. What form do you think the afterlife will take, if you believe that it exists?
  350. Have you ever had an out of body experience?
  351. William Blake, famous British poet, thought that to love was to be in tune with the divine. Do you think this is true? How have you experienced divine love?
  352. How have you experienced the divine through love?
  353. Emanuel Swedenborg believed that there was a soulmate for every person, and that you couldn’t get into heaven until your soul mate had also passed away. Do you believe in the concept of soul mates?
  354. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  355. What would reincarnation look like to you?
  356. Some religions believe that animals and plants have souls. Do you agree with this? Why or why not?
  357. Describe a particularly spiritual moment in your life. What were you doing? Were you by yourself or with someone else?
  358. What is your most taboo religious belief?
  359. Some religions believe that human beings could never truly represent a higher power in art. Do you agree with this? What is an example of art or words that you feel represent the higher power?
  360. What are your thoughts on love languages?
  361. Write about your favorite vacation.
  362. What culture interests you the most?
  363. You get lost in a foreign city with no cell phone and no money. What do you do?
  364. Your favorite chef asks you to join them on a culinary tour of the world.
  365. What country have you always dreamt of traveling to?
  366. What’s your dream vacation?
  367. Tell the story of the worst traveling experience of your life.
  368. A country of your choosing fuses with North America.
  369. You and your best friends go on a road trip across America, with no budget and for however long you want.
  370. You are asked to review a luxury hotel on the beach.
  371. You are forced to leave your home and move to a remote foreign country. What do you pack with you?
  372. What about traveling excites you?
  373. Go back in time to the era of your choosing and describe how you live.
  374. Rate your top five favorite places in the world. What do you like about each place? What do you dislike?
  375. If you could have any travel-related job in the world, what would it be?
  376. You and your partner are kidnapped on your honeymoon.
  377. Describe a 100-day walking journey around your state.
  378. Imagine if you had never left your home in your entire life and then were forced to go outside and never come back to your house.
  379. What do you say to your family in a postcard from a new location?
  380. Describe what it’s like to sit in rush hour traffic in one of the busiest cities in the world.
  381. A journey to a new location is disrupted by natural disaster.
  382. Describe what it’s like to travel with a crippling fear of airplanes.
  383. What is it that you love about traveling? Explore that feeling.
  384. What is frightening about traveling? Explore that feeling.
  385. What stories would you most like to share about the town that you’re from?
  386. You have the opportunity to move anywhere in the world. Where do you choose?
  387. Explore what your travels in Asia have been like.
  388. Explore what your travels in Europe have been like.
  389. Explore what your travels in South America have been like.
  390. Explore what your travels in North America have been like.
  391. Explore what your travels in Africa have been like.
  392. What is the most unusual place you’d like to travel?
  393. What do you think is most misunderstood about the culture of your home country?
  394. What cultural norms are you most interested in exploring from foreign countries?
  395. Describe the foreign foods that you most want to try.
  396. Imagine that you are a successful chef in a foreign city.
  397. Describe a time when you have been excited to explore a new place.
  398. What is the most beautiful image that you have ever seen while traveling?
  399. You get to go to any museum in the world. Which one do you choose?
  400. What is your greatest horror story from traveling?
  401. What is your happiest story from traveling?
  402. Picture yourself on a foreign vacation with a person of your choosing. What do you do?
  403. If you had to move to a foreign country tomorrow, what five items would you pack with you?
  404. Set the scene for a beautiful beach that you have never traveled to.
  405. Set the scene for a gorgeous castle that you have never traveled to.
  406. A three day visit to Budapest becomes a maritime adventure down the Danube River to the Black Sea.
  407. You are a sales representative for a roulette table manufacturer. While visiting the Harrah’s Cherokee Casino for work, you decide to discard all your possessions, cash out your minimal savings, and hike the Mountains-to-Sea trail from Clingmans Dome to the Ocracoke Lighthouse.
  408. While en route to visit your college roommate in Kyoto, Japan you meet a stranger at Tan Son Nhat International Airport who needs your help finding a prophetic monk hiding from persecution in Saigon.
  409. You have to make it from Cairo to Alexandria (Egypt). You have no money. Your only mode of transport is a temperamental camel.
  410. In a high-stakes game of poker in the French Quarter, you wagered your soul to a voodoo doctor on a pretty bad hand. The only way to null the bet is to find a woman in Port-au-Prince, Haiti who has an item – the only item – the man is willing to trade for.
  411. You wake up to a world in which all prisons are shut down, releasing dangerous prisoners into your neighborhood.
  412. A masked stranger appears at your front door with a knife.
  413. A random number texts you saying, “Don’t forget, you’re next.”
  414. Someone knocks at your door. You open it to find your deceased grandfather who has come back from the dead to pay you a visit. What does he want?
  415. Animals take over the world.
  416. Strange murmuring sounds being to come from the door that leads to your basement.
  417. While watching the evening news, the anchor looks directly at the camera and begins screaming before the camera cuts to black.
  418. A polar vortex freezes the entire planet.
  419. Whatever building you enter, you can see all of the people who died there.
  420. You wake up in a strange room, tied to a chair, with a single knife on the floor pointed at you.
  421. A chilling voice appears in your head. It won’t go away. One day, it tells you that you have to run.
  422. The old cuckoo clock at your grandmother’s home is haunted.
  423. You’re driving at night when you can’t help but shake the feeling that there’s a person in your back seat.
  424. One day, while you’re in the shower, you hear your front door open and close. “Hey, roomie, I’m home!” Someone shouts. You don’t have a roommate.
  425. A strange man living down the street begins leaving presents at your doorstep.
  426. The cruise ship is haunted.
  427. While working at a clothing store, you’re closing up the shop for the night when you see five men walk in through the front door and lock it behind them.
  428. You’re in the middle of a bank robbery – hiding in the bathroom.
  429. Your dog won’t stop barking at a sunken spot in your living room floor.
  430. For the last few days, you’ve been getting ominous messages written in blood on your bathroom mirror. Turns out, they’re from an awkward ghost with a serious crush on you. 
  431. The reason no one has ever seen the real Santa Claus is because everyone who sees him dies. You just saw him and now you need to survive. 
  432. You wake up bound to an electric chair, moments before your imminent death.
  433. A woman afraid of clowns is forced to work in a travelling circus. 
  434. A treasure hunter finds a tomb buried beneath the dirt. 
  435. A bartender serves last call to the only remaining patron who is the Devil himself. 
  436. A boy’s stepfather is actually a murderous werewolf. 
  437. A man wakes up with no mouth. 
  438. Deceased soldiers return to their Civil War-era homes. 
  439. Suburbia is actually purgatory. 
  440. A man suffers from sleep paralysis at the worst possible time. 
  441. A man murders his wife while sleepwalking.
  442. What appears to be a ghost approaches your car while you’re waiting at a stoplight.
  443. It’s late at night, and you hear footsteps in the cellar—but you’re definitely home alone… or so you thought. 
  444. You’ve put that doll in the cabinet, in the closet, in the attic, but no matter where you tuck it, it always shows back up on the sofa. On Halloween night, you come out to find it watching you… 
  445. A bad-tempered businessman is driving home after a long day of work. He thinks he sees his kids trick-or-treating and stops to pick them up—but those aren’t costumes. 
  446. A young woman goes to her grandmother’s house for tea on Halloween night. They have a wonderful time together, sharing stories, joy, and the best times of family. The next day, the woman learns her grandmother has been dead for a week and no one could get ahold of her to tell her. 
  447. Aliens have just landed on Earth—and boy, did they pick a weird day to come. How do they respond to Halloween, supernatural or otherwise? Do they decide this place is just too bizarre and get the heck out . . . or do they stick around and join in the fun? 
  448. On Halloween night, lovers get to come back and spend the evening together one more time. One couple from the Roaring Twenties decides to come back from the grave to help their extreme nerd great-grandchild or the kid will never get married. (The Practice)
  449. A little boy’s lost in the woods, but at least his faithful dog is with him. As they look for the way out, the dog defends his master against terrifying monsters and animals. Finally, the boy arrives safely on the other side, beautiful green field, no more fog or night. Then the dog goes home . . . where his owner, the little boy, has died. The good doggy guarded him all the way to his final rest. 
  450. You wake up in the middle of the night to see a dark figure crawling across your floor.
  451. Moments after taking off for a flight, the entire plane begins to shake dramatically. The pilot comes on the speaker and says, “This is very bad.”
  452. You awake in a dark, small box and can hear strange noises outside.
  453. Several weeks after buying your dream house, you start getting strange letters delivered in the mail warning you to move out.
  454. Your dog has been acting very strangely recently. Some would say… almost human.
  455. You stumble across a website that contains clues to some very disturbing crimes.
  456. As you’re settling in to bed for the night, you hear an unusual scratching sound at your bedroom window.
  457. You’re on vacation in a new city for the first time. As you walk down a busy boulevard, you suddenly look up to realize you have no idea where you are or how you got there. Come to think of it, you don’t even know who you are.
  458. On your way to work, you notice that no one is driving on roads. The busy rush hour traffic is nonexistent, and there are no people walking around, either. It’s just you. What’s going on?
  459. You discover, much too late, that your downstairs neighbor is a cannibal.
  460. During a renovation of your home, you and your spouse find human remains underneath your back porch – a crime that you are now being charged with.
  461. Your dog begins speaking in a human voice one morning.
  462. The sky turns purple.
  463. Your best friend’s head turns into a mushroom.
  464. Dinosaurs come back to earth.
  465. You and your family rescue a turtle who was hit by a car and nurse him back to health.
  466. You turn into a goldfish.
  467. What would happen if you could turn any food into cotton candy?
  468. Rain turns into soda.
  469. Your family adopts a pet monkey.
  470. The new kid at school wants to be your friend, but you’re very shy.
  471. You and your boy scout troop get lost in the middle of the forest.
  472. Your parents tell you they’ll give you $20 if you eat your vegetables with every dinner. Do you do it?
  473. Write about a special memory from your childhood.
  474. What parent were you closest do? What are some of your favorite memories of spending time with them?
  475. Write about yourself at age five.
  476. Write about yourself at age ten.
  477. What was your greatest dream when you were a child?
  478. Write about your favorite childhood pet.
  479. Get inspiration for your writing by thinking about a vacation you took as a child.
  480. What would happen if you woke up one day and kids ruled the world?
  481. Tell the story of a child who has just transferred to a new school.
  482. Tell the story of a platypus.
  483. Imagine running away with a group of your childhood best friends – where would you go?
  484. Dream up your own imaginary world.
  485. Children’s books are known for their fun and creativity. What’s the craziest, kookiest new breed of animal you can imagine?
  486. Give advice to new parents.
  487. Give advice to your younger self.
  488. Imagine what it would be like to live in a world where instead of taking the school bus, you ride a dragon to classes!
  489. Write about your favorite childhood game.
  490. Tell the story of a family who decides to hire a new babysitter or nanny.
  491. Your parents tell you one day that you’re going to be a big sister – but you really like being the only child!
  492. If the world could be any color, what would you want it to be?
  493. If you could taste a specific flavor any time you ate something, what would you want it to be?
  494. Describe a trip to the zoo with your class.
  495. You and your best friends get to leave school to have lunch anywhere in town. Pizza, candy – anything! Tell the story of where you go.
  496. Tell the story of your first time at summer camp.
  497. Tell the story of your first time away from home.
  498. What if we lived in a world where kids were treated like adults? And adults were treated like kids?
  499. Take a spin at your very own Dr. Suess-esque book and use rhymes to tell a kooky, crazy story!
  500. You’re in charge of babysitting your little sibling for the first time.
  501. You decide to run away from home – what are some of the challenges that you face?
  502. Picture a world where everything is upside down! What’s life like for you?
  503. Write a book advising children on how to overcome adversity.
  504. Write a book advising children on how to be a good friend.
  505. Write a book advising children on how to be a kind sibling.
  506. Bobby the Bunny wants to make friends with a fox pup who recently lost its family.
  507. A giraffe and an ostrich live together in a zoo, where they bond over similar neck characteristics and learn how to play one another’s games.
  508. A dragon wants to be loved and befriended, but every time he farts, fire erupts from his rear end.
  509. Bruce the German Shepherd loves to run through the woods with his human. When he and his human get separated from one another, Bruce has to learn from his forest friends how to get back home.
  510. Tell the story of the tooth fairy… Imagine that she just started her job and has to be trained.
  511. It’s your first day of middle school. But when you’re half human, half dragon, that makes things a little tough.
  512. What happens when you begin working at the same yogurt shop as your crush?
  513. Both of your parents die in a car accident, leaving you an orphan who gets shipped off to your mysterious aunt’s house in Europe.
  514. One day you find out that you never have to return to high school. What do you decide to do instead?
  515. You’re chosen to go on a school trip to Africa where you’ll be helping to build wells. You’ve never been out of the country, though, and are worried.
  516. Your mom disappears one day, and you never see her again.
  517. Tell the story of the best high school summer of your life.
  518. Your boyfriend gets in a horrible car accident and ends up in the ICU. Another girl is found in the car with him, too – but she died. Who is she?
  519. You find out that your brother is adopted.
  520. During her freshman year of college, she found out that people in her dorm started to disappear. Almost from thin air.
  521. A group of high school freshmen learn that the teachers and administrators at their boarding school are actually human like AI working towards the Singularity and human enslavement. If they don’t act fast, the robots win.
  522. A group of at-risk teenagers are on an overnight camping trip with a wilderness counseling group in Badlands National Park when an arctic blast forces them out of a blizzard and into a cave. On day three, their counselors go out in search for help – and never return.
  523. Your high school sweetheart dumps you suddenly because of something you posted on social media. But you didn’t post it, and you have to figure out just how different – and difficult – your life is now that you’ve been hacked.
  524. Imagine that the world is run amok with vampires. Or zombies. Or authoritarian dictatorships in a dystopian future.
  525. In the near future, climate change has led to the extinction of butterfly and bee pollinators. A small group of teen geniuses band together to develop autonomous, robotic insects to replicate the functions of insect pollination before the global food shortage turns from disastrous to extinction-level.
  526. You find out that your best friend’s dad is responsible for the growing number of missing people in your hometown. How do you get everyone to believe you?
  527. You did it – after years of hard work and try outs, you finally won the coveted spot on the football team. But here’s the thing – you’re the first girl to ever play.
  528. One night you wake up to find yourself levitating over your bed. The next morning, strange wings start to grow from your shoulders. Are you turning into some sort of mystical bird?
  529. It was pretty freaky to wake up for school one morning, only to see that my parents were literally frozen into blocks of ice in the kitchen. Even freakier? Every adult in town is frozen solid, too.
  530. A boy pursues his list of wildly ambitious New Year’s resolutions, with hilarious and touching results. 
  531. A girl on the swim team transforms into a part-time mermaid. 
  532. A group of “outsiders” become a clique that eventually excludes others. 
  533. A girl’s favorite author plagiarizes her fanfiction. 
  534. A boy learns who believed his sister died finds out she’s very much alive.
  535. A teenager’s best friend goes missing—and is widely believed to be the murderer of a family member. 
  536. Two teens begin to write a fantasy novel together and then cross over into the world they’ve created. 
  537. In a dystopian future, college admissions boards have access to video footage of students’ entire lives. 
  538. A girl always hangs out at a particular little nook at the library. Then the same boy starts taking the space every day. 
  539. A boy learns something terrible about his parents.
  540. In a modern-day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, three girls ditch class for a day filled with adventures. 
  541. 35. A girl who wants to be a virgin until she gets married faces social pressure about her decision. 
  542. A teen gains the ability to take the form of any other person she chooses. 
  543. A girl’s science fair project yields results that attract the government’s attention. 
  544. A teen’s suspicions about a teacher lead him to conduct a private investigation. 
  545. A girl struggles with the decision to tell authorities about what the star quarterback did. 
  546. Soon after a boy was born, his father went missing. Now, a skeleton has been discovered in the basement of their former home. 
  547. You check out a book from the library and discover that it’s telling the story of your life. Do you decide to read ahead and find out what happens, or let it be a surprise?
  548. Your beloved dog goes missing, resulting in a cross-country chase to reunite her with your family.
  549. Put yourself in your favorite anime or manga series. What type of character would you play?
  550. You and your best friends have been playing in a band in your mom’s garage for years. Now you’ve gotten discovered by a major Hollywood scout, but they only want you to go on to fame.
  551. Some friends go to an escape room only to discover it’s being run by one of the most elusive serial killers in history.
  552. After going to see the circus with your parents, you decide to run away to join the troupe. What act do you take on?
  553. What would you tell your younger self as a teenager? What do you wish you had done differently, or not done at all?
  554. What would your younger self tell you now? What would they think about your life?
  555. Tell the story of someone who switches places with themself as a 14-year-old.
  556. Think Princess Diaries – you’ve just found out you’re part royal with a massive inheritance to look forward to. What changes about your life?
  557. A small spaceship crash lands in your backyard with nothing inside but an instruction manual on how to rebuild the aircraft. Do you take it back into space?
  558. You have the power to shift into whatever creature you want – bear, wolf, etc. When do you choose to utilize your powers?
  559. What would happen if you changed places with a rockstar?
  560. Your big brother has always been the more successful, studious one of the family. You’ve finally got a chance to prove yourself and one up him – how do you do it?

Monthly Prompts

January

  1. What is something you want to achieve this year?
  2. Write five goals for January.
  3. Make plans for Spring.

February

  1. What are your goals for February?
  2. Write about your dream Valentine’s Day date, you can try some Valentine doodles too.
  3. Have actionable steps for your big year goals.
  4. Talk about how your year is going so far. 

March

  1. Make a spring cleaning plan to declutter your life.
  2. Do you have all the important dates and birthdays in your journal?
  3. Write how each season affects your mood and energy levels.
  4. If you could sum up March with any one word or phrase, what would it be?
  5. Describe your perfect way to celebrate a holiday this month.
  6. What are you most excited for this spring?
  7. Describe a perfect day spent with your family.
  8. List 5-10 things that remind you of spring.
  9. If you could only work to accomplish one goal this spring, what would it be?
  10. How can you improve your mental health this spring?
  11. What are some easy ways you can improve your nutrition?
  12. What memories do springtime flowers bring you?
  13. What are some recent challenges you have overcome?
  14. If you could go anywhere, where would it be?
  15. What do you love about the rain?
  16. Will your morning routine change this season?
  17. What are healthy habits you want to start?
  18. List some activities that can get you outside.
  19. What has been making you happy lately?
  20. List 3 ways life is different this year compared to last year.
  21. Who are 3 people you can make spring plans with?
  22. What is a recent memory you don’t want to forget?
  23. What is one habit you want to leave behind?
  24. List your best family memories this spring.
  25. What is one thing you can cross off your to-do list this month?

April

  1. Make a plan for your dream garden.
  2. What summer plans do you have?
  3. Write the perfect way to spend Easter.
  4. Are there any important birthdays or dates to remember in April?
  5. What do you love to do when it rains?

May

  1. How would you make a rainy day amazing?
  2. What is a challenge you would like to overcome?
  3. Plan all the holidays you celebrate.
  4. You’re almost halfway through the year – how is it going so far?
  5. Name one challenge you want to overcome in May.
  6. What do you want to do over the summer?

June

  1. How are you progressing with your year goals?
  2. Name a fear you would like to overcome.
  3. What are you grateful for in your life?
  4. If you could trade places with anyone, who would it be?
  5. Talk about your June plans and goals.

July

  1. What have been the best summer vacations you have had?
  2. Write about your dream summer vacation.
  3. If you went back to school, what would you study?

August

  1. What are 10 affirmations you could say daily?
  2. What are you looking forward to in August?
  3. If you are a parent, plan an amazing day with your kid/s.
  4. Write a poem or short story that takes place in the fall.

September

  1. What is your favorite thing about Fall?
  2. Write a poem about Fall
  3. Make plans for celebrating Halloween
  4. What are your plans for the fall season?
  5. Describe your experiences when you were in college.
  6. If you are a parent – what would you love to do with your kids this month?

October

  1. What was your all-time favorite Halloween costume?
  2. What food really puts you in the Fall mood?
  3. List some mood lifters for when the weather starts to get colder.
  4. Have you accomplished any goals yet this year? If not, list something you can get done in October. 

November

  1. Create an amazing memory. Plan it and write about it afterward.
  2. The year is nearly over, what is something you want to achieve before it ends?
  3. Make a Plan for the Christmas Holidays. Write about how the Holidays make you feel.
  4. What is your favorite fall treat? 
  5. Make a memory – show your family your favorite movie, and write about the experience.

December

  1. What is your favorite winter activity?
  2. Did you reach your goals? Why? Why not?
  3. What is a skill you would like to learn next year?
  4. Talk about Christmas or another holiday you celebrate – are you excited? What are your plans?
  5. Your day. What did you eat, where did you go and who did you talk to? What did you think about today?
  6. Your to-do list. What are you working on at work or in your job search, and at home? What’s on your plate? Get your to-do list out of your head and write about it. What could you shuffle around or push off to a later date in your to-do list, and how will you reward yourself when you’ve accomplished each item on your list?
  7. Your plans. What are you planning to accomplish and experience next year? What are you excited about for this new year?
  8. Your hopes for the next year. What elements of your life and career would you like to see change next year, and how would you like them to change?
  9. Your future. When December 31 arrives, how would you like your life to be different than it is now? Where do you want your life and career to go in the following year?
  10. Your concerns. What’s bugging you or stressing you out? What are the biggest stress factors in your life right now? Write about them and look at them. What steps can you take to ease your burden this year and make your life easier and more rewarding than it is now?
  11. Your health. How are you and your body getting along these days? What would you like to see change in your health, and how can you take steps to gradually make those changes?
  12. Your relationships. Who is important to you at work and at home, and how do you and they support one another? Who do you rely on at work, and at home?
  13. Your creative life. What do you do for your creative spirit, or what can you begin doing this year? Maybe this journaling practice is the start of something really cool in your creative expression. How can you make small changes to allow more of your creative side to shine through next year?
  14. Your memories of the past year. What events, people, learning or experiences made an impression on you and affected your feelings and/or your path going forward?
  15. Your career path. Is your current career path still supporting who you are and want to be, or is it time to look at your path from a higher altitude?
  16. Your long-term goals. What do you want from your life and your career overall — to experience, to accomplish, to learn, to teach or to bring about? This is the high-altitude view from the Cloud Level. What is your life about, and if like most people you’re not sure, how could you begin that exploration?
  17. Your memories. Lots of us live our lives and then seldom if ever think about the past, but your path so far is a goldmine for understanding of yourself, other people and the world. Write about your memories from childhood, from your school days and from the days since then.
  18. Your tastes. What are your favorite movies? Who are your favorite musical and visual artists? If you are a theater-goer, dance aficionado orlive music buff, what kind of theater, dance and music do you like most? What have been your creative influences so far in your life?
  19. Your intellectual life. What do you read if you like to read, and what do you listen to on the radio or online? Who do you share ideas with and formulate your viewpoints with? How do you get the intellectual stimulation you need, and if you’re not getting it now, how can you begin to do so next year?
  20. The news and current events. What kind of news do you follow and what are your thoughts about events and people in the news?
  21. Fun. How do you celebrate good news and how do you relax and have fun? Do you relax in a boat on a lake or in a movie theatre or doing yoga on your dining room floor? What is a fun day in your opinion, and how can you arrange one of those very soon?
  22. Ideas. What ideas swirl around in your head — ideas for your life or parties you’d like to throw or the screenplay you want to write or that crazy idea about getting a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. Write about your practical and out-there ideas. Look at them and ask “What is this idea telling me?” Maybe you are meant to get a puppy after all.
  23. Your journey. It isn’t easy being a grownup. There are way too many things to deal with. How are you holding up in your journey? What are you thinking about? What’s in your way, and how can you tunnel under it, vault over it, make a hole through it or sail right by it?
  24. Dreams and signals. Write about your dreams and daydreams, the images and sounds that catch your attention and the little synchronistic things that happen in your life and give you a little buzz, like static electricity. The more awake you get to your own existence and your path the more you’ll notice interesting coincidences and themes emerging. Write about them!
  25. Your persona. Who are you at work, and who are you with your friends? How are those people different? Are the differences healthy and fun for you — like playing different parts in different plays at the same time — or are the gaps between your home-self and your work-self stressful for you? How could you bring yourself to work next year and speak with your own voice?
  26. If you knew that you could choose any career you wanted to and knew you’d be successful at it, what career would you choose?
  27. If you could choose the lifestyle you wanted and design it down to the smallest detail, what would that lifestyle be?
  28. What’s stopping you?

One-Word Prompts

  1. Infinite
  2. Commence
  3. Discover
  4. Flourish
  5. Sleek
  6. Radiant
  7. Lily
  8. Resort
  9. Blossom
  10. Solstice
  11. Tend
  12. Drift
  13. Balm
  14. Sprinkle
  15. Choose
  16. Adventure
  17. Plump
  18. Honor
  19. Glide
  20. Blush
  21. Wrestle
  22. Harbor
  23. Goal
  24. Spray
  25. Indulge
  26. Tumble
  27. Magnify
  28. Sultry
  29. Distill
  30. Yield
  31. Torrential
  32. Spring Break
  33. Emerge
  34. Meditation
  35. Secure
  36. Imminent
  37. Finite
  38. Thievery
  39. Clarity
  40. Renewal
  41. Mint
  42. Triumph
  43. Nourish
  44. Surrender
  45. Peep
  46. Syrup
  47. Startle
  48. Fierce
  49. Overwhelm
  50. Gentle
  51. Tease
  52. Strive
  53. Token
  54. Unveil
  55. Crush
  56. Spruce
  57. Guard
  58. Tender
  59. Primitive
  60. Fast
  61. Celebrate
  62. Flutter
  63. Inspiration
  64. Persist
  65. Reduce
  66. Bright
  67. Unrestrained
  68. Conceal
  69. Affirm
  70. Spring Clean
  71. Feast
  72. Seek
  73. Improvement
  74. Tulip
  75. Breakthrough
  76. Raven
  77. Compose
  78. Shed
  79. Tousled
  80. Burst
  81. Pursuit
  82. Disclose
  83. Stream
  84. Reject
  85. Muse
  86. Power
  87. Fling
  88. Allure
  89. Tight
  90. Captivate
  91. Bloom
  92. Smooth
  93. Resolve
  94. Competition
  95. Breathe
  96. Trim
  97. Bleak
  98. Promise
  99. Slash
  100. Blanket
  101. Polar
  102. Refresh
  103. Envision
  104. Protect
  105. Erase
  106. Bare
  107. Stumble
  108. Sharp
  109. Blaze
  110. Grace
  111. Minimal
  112. Determination
  113. Blizzard
  114. Conquer
  115. Schedule
  116. Engagement
  117. Kindness
  118. Tidy
  119. Cocoa
  120. Retreat
  121. Huddle
  122. Amaze
  123. Cloak
  124. Relate
  125. Howl
  126. Adore
  127. Introspection
  128. Approach
  129. Prolific
  130. Snuggle
  131. Endless
  132. Stolen
  133. Chatter
  134. Nurture
  135. Jagged
  136. Pine
  137. Restless
  138. Smoke
  139. Confront
  140. Hunger
  141. Glimmer
  142. Simplify
  143. Diary
  144. Endure
  145. Sculpt
  146. Connect
  147. Shiver
  148. Craft
  149. Imperfect
  150. Soothe
  151. Crisp
  152. Humility
  153. Latte
  154. Harvest
  155. Burn
  156. Pumpkin spice
  157. Beyond
  158. Drip
  159. Full moon
  160. Color tour
  161. Apple
  162. Riot
  163. Pause
  164. Donut
  165. Chill
  166. Homecoming
  167. Glow
  168. Stalk
  169. Rest
  170. Confidence
  171. Bonfire
  172. Fall
  173. Natural
  174. Gaze
  175. Prepare
  176. Spook
  177. Champion
  178. Web
  179. Carving
  180. Appear
  181. Creep
  182. Gratitude
  183. Pumpkin
  184. Shift
  185. Gourd
  186. Journal
  187. Timer
  188. Bounty
  189. Reveal
  190. Gather
  191. Whipped
  192. Generous
  193. Portal
  194. Flicker
  195. Recline
  196. Deep
  197. Friend
  198. Elect
  199. Football
  200. Consistent
  201. Hidden
  202. Comfort
  203. Photograph
  204. Welcome
  205. Stack
  206. Enfold
  207. Company
  208. Attraction
  209. Cycle
  210. Remarkable
  211. Handwritten
  212. Humble
  213. Reflection
  214. Sparkle
  215. Twinkle
  216. Cabin
  217. Cozy
  218. Passage
  219. Social
  220. Elevate
  221. Cardinal
  222. Untold
  223. Escape
  224. Believe
  225. Select
  226. Browse
  227. Embrace
  228. Basket
  229. Guest
  230. Persistence
  231. Joy
  232. Fluff
  233. Consideration
  234. Treat
  235. Flurry
  236. Despair
  237. Review
  238. Eager
  239. Brittle
  240. Sign
  241. Rush
  242. Prosper

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