Writing Prompts That Don't Suck

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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?"


Write a story that takes place completely in someone’s mind. Make sure it involves a haunted house, a gonzo journalist and a talking paper bag.


Use all three of these things in your story:

an ambivalent cheerleader, a convenience store, one of those roses made out of panties

What? You’ve never seen those panty roses before? Truly, you don’t get out much.


Your protagonist can never grow old, but he or she also can never speak to another human being. Figure out how that works.


Write a story that centers around an outdated dance fad, like the Lambada or line-dancing or the electric slide or the Hustle. The dance must be pivotal to the story! Lives must hinge on whether or not your protagonist can really do the Mashed Potato.


Write a story with these three things. Why three? Because four would make the man nervous: tentacles, rose petals, a broken locket


Use all these words in your story. Yes, ALL OF THEM!

charisma, succulent, granite, queen, blender, taxi, obscene


Write a story about a princess. Throw some dragons and angels and evil stepmothers in there, too.

Wait, did I say dragons? I meant drag queens. Now write!


And I feel fine.

End your story with this sentence: When she looked in the mirror, she finally realized why she had such a hard time finding a date for the prom.


Use these three things in your story, even if you don’t want to:

a Renaissance faire, a rainbow, a stupid frat boy

And for the love of Jesus, please no double-rainbow jokes!!!!


But I am anyway. So, the husband got this pointless little proverb in his fortune cookie the other night:

"A crab wonton a day keeps the doctor away."

Write a story that somehow demonstrates this. Be sure to throw in an ironic twist or something.


Use this sentence somewhere in your story: It was just another day of killing zombies on the beach for Veronica.


Write a story where, instead of customer support and production jobs, executive jobs are outsourced to India, China, or Singapore.

Life imitates art! Or, at least we can hope so!



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