30 Quick Creative Writing Prompts

 creative writing prompts

Creative writing isn’t always easy. Even the most creative writer sometimes finds himself/herself stuck on a chapter, a scene, or a paragraph.

When that happens, you can always force yourself to go on, or you can take a break. You can also turn to other things that may help bring more out of you – creative writing prompts.

Here are 30 quick creative writing prompts that are fun and “easy”. When you need a break from whatever it is that’s giving you problems, check these out.

Quick and Easy Creative Writing Prompts

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  1. Write about something ugly–war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  2. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  3. There’s a 30-something lady sitting alone at a park bench reading a book. What is she reading? Why is she alone?
  4. Write about a character who wakes up to find that he/she is invisible.
  5. Pick an object – any object – in the room. Look at it for a minute or two, and then write something revolving around it.
  6. Imagine a blind date. The guy thinks it goes wonderfully — amazing chemistry; they have so much in common. The girl thinks it’s a disaster, that he’s a real creep.
  7. The beautiful colonial house was not what it seemed from the outside. What secrets does it hold
  8. Tell the story of a robbery in the first person, from the point of view of the criminal. Have the criminal tell the story as if he were attempting to convince the reader that his actions were justified.
  9. Tell a story with an antagonist who gives a huge amount to a charity every month. What is the charity? Why does he do it?
  10. Tell a story with a protagonist who sees unicorns and believes they are real.

  1. Write about a street kid who dreams about bumping into a couple who will adopt him.
  2. They never thought they’d live a life on the run…
  3. I promised myself I would never get in between a husband and his wife, but…
  4. One thing I will forever cherish from my childhood…
  5. From the moment she opened her eyes, she knew things were going to be bad…
  6. He knew his neighborhood like the back of his hand, but he knew he’d never seen that bungalow at the end of the lane his entire life…
  7. She couldn’t see a foot in front of her in the blizzard, but she could hear his voice…
  8. If only I had listened to my instincts that morning…
  9. The most horrible childhood experience that shaped him into the cold man he is today…
  10. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…

  1. In a world where magic is real, write about a young sorcerer who discovers a hidden school of magic at the heart of a forbidden forest. What secrets does this school hold, and how will it change their destiny?
  2. Humans have colonized other planets, and a scientist in a distant world stumbles upon a mysterious alien artifact. What powers does it possess, and how does it alter the course of intergalactic history?
  3. Write about a detective who receives a series of cryptic letters from an anonymous sender, each containing clues to a cold case they thought was long closed. Who’s the anonymous sender?
  4. Transport your readers to ancient Egypt during the construction of the pyramids. Follow the life of a slave who becomes an unexpected hero in the building of one of the world’s greatest wonders.
  5. In a small, quirky town, two rival business owners find themselves constantly at odds. Write about the hilarious and heartwarming events that unfold when they’re forced to work together on a town-wide event.
  6. In a society where emotions are strictly regulated, a group of rebels discovers a way to experience forbidden feelings. Explore the consequences of their actions and the impact on their world.
  7. A group of friends decides to spend the night in an abandoned, haunted mansion on Halloween. As the night progresses, they encounter something that’s totally unexpected. What is it?
  8. A treasure map is discovered in your attic, leading to a hidden island rumored to hold unimaginable riches. What are these riches?
  9. During the American Civil War,  a Union soldier and a Confederate spy meet and fall in love. How do their loyalties and their love clash in the midst of a war tearing the nation apart?
  10. Technology and magic coexist, and a young inventor stumbles upon a portal to another dimension. Describe the bizarre and fascinating world they discover on the other side and the consequences of their exploration.

Sources: Writing Forward, Creative Writing Now






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