Writing Prompts That Don't Suck

Use all of these things in your story. Your story that you should have already started writing:

a snarky introvert, the basement of a pizza place, a mysterious piece of metal


Use this line of dialogue somewhere in your story, even if you don’t want to:

"I’m just doing what the fortune cookie said. Who am I to stand in the way of fate?"


Broaden your linguistic horizons and use these seven words in your story:

insidious, blanch, narcotic, fealty, jamboree, ephemera, pussyfoot


Jesus and a unicorn walk into a party. Jesus brought some deviled eggs for an appetizer. The unicorn is bored. Write about what happens next.


Three amazing nouns. Use them all in your story.

a community college librarian, a beauty pageant, a bar cart with a magical chalice on it


Write a story about a reality show star who turns out to be (a) an android, (b) from the future, (c) an evil twin, or (d) all of the above.


Three things. Use them all in your glorious, glorious story.

a bucket filled with a mysterious pink substance, a unopened letter, an elderly white horse


Start your story with: Jenna stared wistfully at the carton of strawberry ice cream behind the glass.

End your story with: She knew Dave would never forgive her for such delicious cruelty, but she was OK with that.


Pick and choose whatever you want and use it in your brilliant story. Use as many or as few as you want. Who am I to tell you want to do?

time travel, kittens, an expired library card, foreign currency, a saloon, existential despair, muzak



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