Writing daily, as I’ve said before, is a monumental task, and one that should be given thought and care. Some days, however, it is hard to get the creative juices flowing and you might need a little nudge in the right direction. Here are some of the best websites to find writing prompts to get you started on your writing adventure!
There is a subreddit called /r/writingprompts that deliver on what they are: writing prompts. Users submit different writing prompts and commenters detail the story from there. You can sort by “hot,” “new,” “rising” or “top” in order to get the fullest experience. I usually look through the “hot” posts of the day and pick out one I like or one that speaks to me. I don’t usually comment (I’m a lurker, I know…) but I will write based on the prompt in my personal files.
Example: “[WP] When you die, you appear in a cinema with a number of other people who look like you. You find out that they are your previous reincarnations, and soon you all begin watching your next life on the big screen.”
This Tumblr page gives you creative writing prompts every day, along with a little more description and nudging than Reddit or the other sites. They often give you a secondary option on how to write the story (fiction, narration, etc.), and there is also a variance of length in the prompt. I like to use Tumblr on those days that I don’t want to think too much — I just want to write exactly what I need to write. And there will be days like that, but if you push through it, your writing will get stronger. Tumblr gives you a good out, and the ability to keep on writing.
Example: “You have one month to make a new fashion trend go viral. What’s the fashion trend? And what is your plan for making it happen?” Narrative option: “Tell the story of someone who tries to make a fashion trend go viral and how that works out for them.”
These writing prompts are organized based on month and day, giving you a full year’s worth of prompts. They focus more on the creative side and help you explore different writing styles. It is meant for students in classroom settings for daily writing activities, and if you’re just wading into the writing world, I recommend this site.
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Reedsy offers a multitude of writing prompts that appeal to every kind of writer and their experience level. The prompts are short, no more than a sentence, and really give a spark to your inspiration. While these are very vague prompts, allowing the writer to explore and expand on their stories, they are perfect if you just need a small push forward in your daily writing. Reedsy also offers contests for writing based on the prompts.
Example: “Write a story where a piece of chocolate cake plays a significant role.”
Looking at Pinterest for writing prompts may seem a little odd, but, it’s like Reedsy and Tumblr had a little baby — short, sweet writing prompts that fuel creativity. Going through the prompts, they vary from actual scenarios to random phrases to snippets of a conversation. It’s up to the writer to flesh this story out. I like to use Pinterest when I’m looking for new writing styles, because of the ability to really branch out on the vague topics.
Example: “Write About: An Accidental Villain.”
Now, this may seem really odd. I took a creative writing class in high school, and the best exercise I ever did was when the teacher pulled out blown-up pictures from the internet and had us write a story about one of them. I loved it. If you go to writingexercises.co.uk, they will randomly generate images pulled from various places for you to write about. That way, there is no backstory or context given to the image, allowing you to pioneer the story with absolute creative freedom.
Writing is an art form, and you should practice daily, but sometimes it is difficult to get the words onto the paper. I find that writing prompts help give me context, help give me something to grasp at, and it makes for stronger, more creative writing.
If you have other writing prompt websites or different ways to get the creative juices flowing, leave a comment down below!