1. A man is locked in a room with a orangutan. He is not a trainer
2. After the gun fell out of his pocket…
3. Write a story about this picture:
4. The man sneezed in the crowded subway car…
5. Diving over the edge of the cliff meant he had to aim for the small well below. It was his only hope of surviving the fall
6. He held on tight to the car door, trying to hold himself steady, as the world spun past the window…
7. He wasn’t sure he could eat the hand of a fellow human being, but he was dying….
8. He took one look over the side of the high cathedral walls, took a couple of steps back and leaped over the edge…
9. The bright harvest moon began to get smaller and smaller as the two celestial bodies began to drift away from each other
10. She was still blind folded as she felt along the ground, but she could smell the stench…
11. It was Christmas after all, the lights might have been extremely unsafe but…
12. He was so tired. When he jolted himself away for a third time, he was face to face with the headlights….
13. She balanced herself on the limb looking into his bedroom window she saw…
14. Without his big toes it WAS incredibly difficult to walk.
14a.Writing a prompt about this picture:
15. Write a story about a time you were late for now good reason.
16. Empty your pocket/purse onto the table.
17. Write a blasphemy.
18. Nick was watching tv when the news anchor said, “Nick you really shouldn’t be watching tv. You need to go talk to Carol right now. Call her.”
19. Nick was watching tv when the news anchor said, “Nick you really shouldn’t be watching tv. You need to go talk to Carol right now. Kill her.”
20. Write a prayer.
21. This is one I’ve just made up, would be interested to hear how anyone gets on, might try it myself ? Takes just over 30 minutes to complete
22. Write a story about a time you were late for now good reason
23. Think of any television, movie, book, or historical character that inspires you. They can be living or dead. Write a journey story with this character as your guide.
24. Write a story where you have to decide to save the life of one loved one or another. You can only save one.
24a. Use the following picture as your writing prompt:
25. You’re reading my mind. Fellow John S. and I sat down three weeks ago and decided that we, too, would write a book of prompts. He had picked up a neat book of prompts at a writer’s conference. We thought that we could create our own. But I like to share, too. So, here are a couple, for what it’s worth.
26. Your cell phone rings with an unknown number. You recognize the prefix. You answer and the voice on the other end says, “I’m the sister that you didn’t know you had. Want to know more?”
27. You’ve had a really rotten year financially. Your friends give you nice gifts, but you can’t afford it. What do you do?
27A. You are stopped by law enforcement on a not-so-traveled road. He claims that you were speeding and broke several other traffic laws. He can take you to jail and impound your car. But you can go free without a ticket if you perform oral sex on him. What do you do?
28. Describe the perfect meal. Who made it? Where do you eat it? Who’s with you?
29. It was Christmas morning. The sidewalks were empty except for a lone man walking a kid’s bike to…
30. You wake up at 4 am, and there is a man you have never met standing over you.
31. You get a phone call from the president of the United States…
32. Write a letter to a dead world leader. The letter will be sent through a newly invented time machine.
33. You turn the bathroom light on in the morning and there is a ghost floating behind you in the mirror…
34. Write a short story that is less than 25 words.
35. Write a poem that is 16 words and 4 lines long.
36. Find a hotel lobby. Sit there for at least 30 minutes. Write a story about the people you see there.
37. Write a story about the tallest man in the world winning a subcompact car.
38. Find 10 items around your house. Write a poem with all 10 items in it.
39. Write a story about making a deal with the devil.
40. Write a story about this picture:
41. Write 50 word short story that does not have the words, a, an, or the.
42. First line: He fell out of the plane….
43. “This virus kills 1 in 3 people, and it has an infection rate of….” is how the news broadcasts starts when you wake up.
44. You are the secretary to the personal aid to President John F. Kennedy.
45. Use a dictionary. Find the first word of each section A-J, and use each of those words in a poem.
46. Write a 26 sentence short story that goes in alphabetical order using all the letters in the alphabet.
47. You decide to poison your husband…
48. High in the mountains, you finally decide you must eat your best friend…
49. (Emma Swan) I have an idea. Use these names of songs as titles, chapter titles or ideas for your writing:
50. Your dog is killed while chasing a car. When the man knocks on your door to tell you, he has the bloody dog in his arms. He smiles I hit your dog…
50a. Use the following picture as your writing prompt:
51. You wake up, upside down. Your seat belt is holding you in place, you smell smoke.
52. Write story that has at least 26 sentences. There can be more than 26, but there must be at least 26 sentence and those 26 sentence MUST go in alphabetical order from a-z. For example (this is a very rough draft):
A pain exploded inside Lester, but he was unaware of how he got into this position. Cautiously he looked around the corner. Dangerous sounds were coming from the alley. Effort was what he needed to move his legs after the long fall. Fatigue was setting in. Great effort went into him pulling himself around the corner. His legs dragged behind him dead. It was all he could manage. Just a few moments before he had been sipping a Jack and Coke aboard American Jet fight 331. Karen had been talking to him. Little did they know the plane was going to clip the side of the antenna. Moments seemed like hours as the rush of air pulled him out of the seat and then falling, falling, falling. No sound. Oceans of silence rushed over him as he fell. Pounding, pounding, pounding finally moved from his chest into his ears. Quasars burst in his eyes and then darkness. Realizations about what had happened didn’t come until he was crawling into the empty alley. Surely someone had seen him fall and would come help. That didn’t seem to be the case. Utterly exhausted he saw people rushing by at the end of the alley. Varying in the speed of their walking no one even looked down the alley. What madness, no one had seen him fall! Xanthic fingers pulled him along the asphalt. Yawning suddenly he could not keep his eyes open. Zapped of all strength his last image was of people rushing, maybe going to work, maybe going to eat, maybe something that he would never know again.
53. This one is very easy and very hard at the same time. It is not so much the writing you do but the imagination you will use to get there. The prompt: “What are the last 10 words you hope to ever write?”
54. Start a 50 word story with “She was dead before I got there….”
55. Write a juxtaposition. A juxtaposition is when 2 very unlike things are placed beside each other. Find 2 very unlike things and then write a short story based on how those two unlike images or objects go together. For instance an agoraphobe in a metoer shower. Maybe it banans and terpentin or fireworks and terrariums, anything that doesn’t seem to fit together just right. Use this to write?story to show how to the two objects or images come together.
56. Write a poem or piece of flash fiction about a day that you witnessed something violent. It might be a fight between two other people, or a fight you were in. It might also be a car accident or some other traumatic event. Start the work in the MIDDLE of the action.
57. Write a short story, any length, about a tramatic event that you have put into slow motion. For instance a character seeing his life in review as he is crashing his car. Describe what it looks like as the shattered glass floats close to his face and eyes.
59. Finish this prompt with story 100-500 words: You’re are walking to a friends house and trip over the body of a dead alien….
60. Write a 50 word story about the end of the world.
61. Begin a short story or a poem with the line “I couldn’t find my shoes, and she woke up.” Suggested story length 500 words.
62. Write a 20 word story that begins with the word Atom(s) and ends with the word Fungus.
63. Write a short story or a poem about the picture abote. It is titled Girl in the Rain. Make either the poem or the story as long as you like.
64. Write a 50 word story that does not use the words the, a, an.
65. Write a story/poem where 2 very famous people meet for the first time and hate each other. You know, Brad Pitt gets in a fight with Jay Leno.
67. You are having lunch with a blind date. You think it’s going well. Right before the check arrives, a horrible buzzing sound starts. Everyone in the restaurant begins looking at your table. Your date opens his/her mouth and a wasp the size of a soccer ball crawls out onto her face….
68. At your child’s birthday party, in your back your, her friends are all playing pin the tail on the donkey. You are talking with the parents of your daughter’s friends when you hear the children laughing. You venture out in to the backyard, and see that the kids are watching a clown perform. You did not hire the clown. You go back into the house and ask if anyone hired the clown, and everyone stands shaking their heads. Then you hear screaming.
71. You’re been itching the small bug bite for weeks. You have been very nervous about the presentation and you’ve been itching it furiously over the last 12 hours.
72. Write a story about falling out of an airplane and surviving.
73. As you are getting things out of your bag, you realize you must have mixed things up. Somehow, this looks like your bag, but it’s not. As you open it something is moving inside….
74. Writing about someone falling in love with you. You can’t stand them.
75. You see the helicopter headed toward your home. It is flying very low, out of control, and you can tell exactly where it’s going to crash…
76. You have to cross a bridge that is 150ft off the ground, but it is very old and falling apart. Describe how you feel, and what you do to get across…
77. You find yourself floating through outer space. You have 2 hours of air. What are you last thoughts.
78. You slip and fall, you land in something sticking. When you pick yourself up, you realize you have landed in the middle of a giant bee hive.
79. At one point you realize that the new yogurt going around, is actually an alien species infecting the human race. You’ve never liked yogurt, so you haven’t been affected. Now there are yogart zombies everywhere. What will you do….
81. You had a fight with your significant other. you are on vacation in a strange city, Chicago, New York, some place big. It’s your first time in this city. You walked out of the hotel in a rage. You weren’t thinking. It’ late now, and for some strange reason, you feel the man, who has been following you for at least 3 blocks, is a vampire.
You’re reading my mind. Fellow John S. and I sat down three weeks ago and decided that we, too, would write a book of prompts. He had picked up a neat book of prompts at a writer’s conference. We thought that we could create our own. But I like to share, too. So, here are a couple, for what it’s worth.
* Your cell phone rings with an unknown number. You recognize the prefix. You answer and the voice on the other end says, “I’m the sister that you didn’t know you had. Want to know more?”
* You’ve had a really rotten year financially. Your friends give you nice gifts, but you can’t afford it. What do you do?
* You are stopped by law enforcement on a not-so-traveled road. He claims that you were speeding and broke several other traffic laws. He can take you to jail and impound your car. But you can go free without a ticket if you perform oral sex on him. What do you do?
* Describe the perfect meal. Who made it? Where do you eat it? Who’s with you?
* Comfortably numb
* Where were you last night?
* Doll parts
* Midnight confessions
* Liar, liar
* Accidents never happen
* Crash about to happen
* Does your mother know?
* Anyone for tennis?
He was only four years old, and he was on his own. He took action based on his childish perspective of reality.
The glass smashed against the wall and shattered. They rushed towards eachother.
– The stone was gritty as sand paper and the oxidized pale grey oversaw the…
– I followed until the thickening consumed every bodily sense, it turned…
– It felt like cool putrefied watermelon and I was knees deep, my lungs burned…
– His wondering eyes were too slow for her first, one closed lock tight around that shimmering karat, the other…
“Wait a moment.”
“Get up.” — “No.”
“You have a visitor.”
“I am not to be reckoned with, sir.”
“Don’t move. It sees you.”
“Take the mask off, son.”
“No, you’re not!”
“He’s a cruel one. I mean to say, he is evil.” — “Perfect.”
“Please don’t do this. Please. Oh, please . . . please . . .”
“I’ll have a Coke, please. . . . No, Pepsi is not okay.”
“Third time’s a charm, right?”
“Hey, don’t throw that paperweight! WHAT DID I JUST SAY?”
“Oh my goodness.” — “I think ‘oh my goodness’ may be an understatement.”
“I’ve always wanted to take a shower in a waterfall.”
“Excuse me, but your paintings are speaking and I felt you ought to know.”
“I thought I told you to STOP THROWING THE PAPERWEIGHT!”
“It’s raining, it’s snoring, the old man is – wait, I think I messed up . . .”
“. . . And did you feed the cat?” — “You have a cat?!”
“I’m 80% sure I’m allowed in here, and 77% sure you’re allowed in here.”
3. One-word prompts:
4. Two-word prompts:
5. Fantasy prompts:
“Your highness, we have carried out the order. The king is dead.”
The dragon saves the princess from the prince. (This one can be twisted in several different ways, e.g. the prince saves the dragon from the princess.)
Modern-day witches keep their potions in Tupperware containers with the potion’s use scribbled on the lid in Sharpie.
“Well, call me crazy, but I swear there’s a unicorn on my scanners.”
But – I couldn’t possibly be one of . . . one of them. Mermaids aren’t real. (Replace “mermaids” with your favorite mystical being.)
A dragon dies, and the prince(ss) is mistaken by his/her kingdom to have killed it.
Cloaks of Invisibility have been growing in popularity, which means more crimes are going unnoticed and people are claiming to have “lost” their loved ones who wear a Cloak.
There’s a monster under your bed. You feed it every night, and in return he protects you from the shadows.
One could scarcely tell it was daytime, what with all the dragons blotting out the sky . . .
The king and queen pass away. There is no other royal family other than the prince, a ten-year-old boy, so the kingdom had no choice but to choose someone from a neighboring kingdom to take control until the prince comes of age. The prince marries and passes away soon after, telling his princess that she has every right to the kingdom, so she waits patiently until she comes of age. The problem? The current leader refuses to give it over to her.
6. Futuristic / science fiction prompts:
Art and time can no longer coexist. (Ex: you cannot depict time in your books or music.)
You live in a world where there are no natural water sources, and everyone has to drink machine-generated water.
The government has discovered a new planet in your solar system. The catch is, it’s the largest planet ever discovered, and it somehow went unnoticed for all these years.
Aliens invade earth. Everyone is ready – they’ve been expecting this for centuries. But when the aliens land, they have only one thing to say: “We’ve come home.”
World War III begins, but no one in your county realizes it until three years later. Why?
“In light of recent events, we have completely discontinued the making of plastic . . .”
A new type of coffee hits the stores, that allows the drinker to unknowingly slip into a daze until stress subsides. (“Overworked? Stressed? Tired? Try StressAway™, your new favorite coffee!”)
Marriage is proved to be the greatest source of stress, debt, and mental issues. A movement has started with one mission: make marriage illegal. You’re part of the movement.
When the clock struck midnight, the beginning of a new year, everyone on earth went blind. Except you.
His roses grew no longer, choked by the smoke that hung like a cloud over the city. Interestingly enough, he didn’t care; he had other things to worry about.
7. Ominous / mystery prompts:
There were feathers on the ground and not a bird in sight.
The cat dish was overflowing. The old man did not own a cat.
The only thing that calmed the monster: music.
Suddenly, the words leapt off the page . . .
The velvet curtains were drawn back by a clawed hand.
Why bother purchasing an umbrella when it isn’t raining at all?
She was beautiful, that figurine in the glass ball.
The Thanksgiving turkey remained uneaten . . .
Makeup can hide a lot of things; you can tell a lot about a person by the amount of makeup they wear.
Tea has never been my favorite, but yet a fresh cup showed up on my doorstep every morning.
8. Seasonal prompts:
A spring wedding on the day of a storm. The bride walks down the aisle in galoshes, and the priest holds an umbrella over the couple.
“Hey, you don’t know me, but you pick my flowers everything Saturday. Who’s so special that you feel the need to uproot my tulips?”
The city has announced a major drought. The whole neighborhood lounges at your place, because you have a ton of fans and it’s hot out there!
A little boy opens a lemonade stand to raise money for his dog’s surgery.
“In our defense, officer, we didn’t know our bonfire would turn into a wildfire.”
Yet another group of trick-or-treaters shows up at your door. Once the kids have their candy, a parent says, “I love your witch costume.” You smile, “It isn’t a costume.”
“Your tree keeps leaving leaves in my yard.” — “Oh, I’m sorry. I’ll just uproot my tree and move it to the other side of the yard so that a few little leaves don’t drift over the fence. So sorry that my leaves upset you.”
You and the neighbor have upheld an unspoken Christmas lights competition for years now.
“Are you aware that it’s October? Then why are you selling Christmas decorations? Okay, may I speak to your manager?”
Rewrite the story of Santa Claus.
9. Sequel prompts:
The main character’s S/O is kidnapped/goes missing.
The villain has been manipulating your main character’s thoughts and actions for months now.
Home base is destroyed.
Everything went wrong the moment the previous book ended . . .
The main character’s life is in the hands of those around her.
Bring back a character that died/left the previous book within the first chapters.
Introduce a familiar threat.
A rescue mission. (Note: this normally works best if the person being rescued is a character from a previous book, and someone who is important to the main character.)
The main character joins the enemy.
An important character dies, but for a good cause . . .
10. Prompts for writing about yourself:
Your earliest memory.
Your first love (not necessarily in a romantic sense).
A day you remember like it was yesterday.
An object you cannot live without.
The last thing you would ever do.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where/to whom would you go?
Describe your S/O (significant other) in a way to make me fall in love with him/her.
Describe yourself as an animal.
Your greatest talent.
Your ultimate goal in life.
The Girl Who Frosts the Cakes
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