Writing Prompts 






Stephen King On Writing Quotes: 

  • “Description begins with the visualization of what it is you want the reader to experience. It ends with your translating what you see in your mind into words on the page” (173). 

  • Must you complete sentences each time, every time? Perish the thought. If your work consists of fragments and floating clauses the Grammar Police aren’t going to come and take you away… “’Unless he is certain of doing well, [the writer] will probably do best to follow the rules’” (120).


Non-fiction Centered: 

  • In what ways are you a trendsetter in your social circle?  

  • Have you ever felt upset at the outcome of something to the point it pulled a strong reaction from you?

  • What color looks best on you and why? 

  • Consider a few silly things you do or have noticed other people do.  

  • How do you read between the lines? 

  • What is more romantic to you: moonlight or sunset? Why? 

  • What is something that fascinates you, and why? 

  • Can you think of an emotion you have had throughout the year and write about how it’s impacted you overall?

  • Is there a recipe you have that tells more than just the story of food? 

  • What is something that you avoid? Something you hate? 

Fiction Centered:  

  • What has been an eye opening event that made you realize how truly evil the world could be?

  • If you could talk to Mother Nature, what would you say? 

  • What if you woke up in the hospital and had no knowledge of how you got there, except for one small mark branded into the skin on the palm of your hand?

  • A translator doesn’t want to translate what she’s just been told.  

  • Write a story from the point of view of a homeless person who falls asleep on the bus and wakes up “on the other side of the tracks,” in a quiet neighborhood. 

  • Start a story with the line, “My mother broke every plate in the house that day.” 

  • Imagine looking in a mirror instead of looking at your reflection something else was in the mirror. Write about what you saw in the mirror.

  • Rewrite a scene or a story with yourself in it


Words & Fragments:

  • Invisible woman 

  • Control 

  • The argument 

  • Food fight 

  • Binary oppositions 

  • Child's play 

  • Looking backwards 

  • Coloring books

  • Struck by lightning  

  • The smell of a place you love 

  • Time 

  • Play and games