22 Writing Prompts For When You Need Inspiration

Some days, you have no idea what to write. It happens to everyone. So what do you do in those moments?

Personally, I turn to writing prompts. I either Google them or tune into writing sprints on YouTube, which are often based on various prompts (NaNoWriMo is a good example of this).

So I’ve decided to come up with a few writing prompts of my own, and have written them all down here in case you’d like to try a few out for yourself.

If you have any prompts of your own, please share in the comments!

1. Describe the sounds – and sounds only – of your ideal writing environment.

2. Write down three different emotions you’ve felt this week, and what caused them.

3. Tell me what your most treasured object was when you were little.

4. What is your biggest issue with the world right now?

5. If you were writing in a different century, what challenges would you have faced?

6. Describe your favourite breakfast.

7. How many notebooks do you own? Describe your top three.

8. What’s one thing you like about yourself, and why?

9. Write about your last staycation.

10. Talk me through your daily morning/evening routine.

11. Think of your favourite scene, story, memory, anything, and write it from the POV of an object in the room.

12. The last message/email you sent or received, use it to create a whole new scene.

13. If you didn’t have the job that you do now, what would you be doing instead, and why?

14. You have one week left to live. What do you do?

15. What’s something you’re struggling with right now?

16. Did you have an imaginary friend when you were younger? If so, write about what they’re doing now they’ve grown up.

17. Take your favourite scene from any book. Now change one thing about it – the plot, a character, dialogue, anything, and see what happens.

18. Every time you sleep, you wake up as someone else. Write about your week.

19. Imagine you’re the villain in your story. What obstacles are you creating for the protagonist? Why? What has led you to this?

20. You’re part of the jury for a murder trial. The accused has been on the run for 20 years. How were they caught? Do you think they’re guilty?

21. Your protagonist has somehow travelled to a different era and is trying to order a drink from the nearest coffee shop/store. Write the conversation and the difficulties they encounter.

22. If you were a dessert, which would you be and why?

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