Writing Prompts


heron in flight illustrating and article with FREE writng prompts and help for writersWriting prompts are triggers – words, phrases, or even little exercises that develop your imagination and help form new ideas.

Writing prompts really help when you are not sure what to write about or when you are feeling ‘blocked.’.


These are sentences or paragraphs that suggest ideas or starters for stories.

For example: the body was still warm, or he wasn’t sure what was round the corner.

There is more about narrative writing prompts here.


Story starters are sentences or segments of stories with more detail than narrative writing prompts. These usually end on a cliffhanger so you can continue the story in which ever way takes your imagination. For example:

He thought of dropping what they wanted but instead dropped the thought. He would never give in. He had already risked his life and he would do it again.

If you would like to try using these openings to prompt your writing you will find story starters here. 


Some writers like to start with endings. If you like, the ending is like a large clue and it’s up to you to work out the story that led to that particular end.  For example:

As the airplane took off he avoided looking out. He had no desire for a last glimpse of the place he would never see again. He was alive – that was enough.

In the last example you have a lot of creative freedom.

It’s up to you to figure out who ‘he’ is. You also decide why the character didn’t want a last glimpse of the place he was leaving.

That leaves a lot of story to tell – some writers love the process of working backwards towards a resolution.

If this is you then try these story ending ideas.


Writing challenges are more than prompts. They are strong suggestions which force you to focus:

Write everything you would do – if the world was going to end at noon tomorrow.

Writers should be challenged if they want to develop their writing skills. You will find plenty of writing challenges here.


a woodland path illustrating a post about writing promptsWriting prompts may come in different forms but they are ways of generating new ideas.

These exercises might bring you along various paths, but they are all leading you in the right direction – the direction of ideas.

Choosing the best idea to work up into a story is a really important task.

For a writers it is really comforting to realize that you can easily develop more ideas if one is proving difficult.

Writers spend a lot of time and effort writing so choosing the idea that intrigues you most is important.

So try following which ever method you find the most inspiring and pretty soon your biggest problem will be which idea to choose.

Keep writing and remember:

‘Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. ‘

John Steinbeck

Try these inspiring exercises and keep those ideas flowing.

Wishing you the very best of luck with your writing.


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