Writing Prompts That Don't Suck

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Hey, this thing still works! How about a writing prompt? Use these things in your story.

a snake-oil salesman, a backyard cookout, a malfunctioning vacuum cleaner

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Use this line of dialogue in your story.

"I don’t want to fail just because other people have terrible taste."

Start your story with this sentence:

Every morning I wake up in the armpit of this alien world.

All of this stuff. Use it in your story.

Genre: tragicomedy
Person: a psychic pizza-delivery woman
Problem: There’s a funeral, but the casket is empty.

Use all of these brilliant words in your wondrous story:

jigger, lampoon, cavalcade, amalgamate, tableau, phosphorescence, paraphernalia

Write a story with these three things in it.

a slightly incompetent jazz band, a locket, a gross of plastic dinosaurs

Write about someone who’s just tired of everything and finds a positive way to deal with it.

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.

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