Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts

creative writing prompts

What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let’s find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 21 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books’ 642 Tiny Things to Write About. Each prompt was created by a writing teacher at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to be done in 10 minutes or less. For a bigger creative challenge, do one writing prompt a day for 21 days.

21 creative writing prompts from 642 Tiny Things to Write About:

  • Write a eulogy for a sandwich, to be delivered while eating it.
  • Write the ad for an expensive new drug that improves bad posture. Now, list the possible side effects.
  • Think about your day so far (even if it’s still morning). What’s the highlight at this point?
  • Write the first communication sent back to Earth after humans land on Mars.
  • Finish this sentence: The smell of an orange reminds me of….
  • A genie grants you three tiny wishes. What are they?
  • It’s 1849, and you’re headed West along the Oregon Trail. Describe the safety features of your state-of-the-art covered wagon.
  • Write the passenger safety instructions card for a time-travel machine.
  • An undercover spy is about to impersonate you in all aspects of your life. Write instructions.
  • Write your life story in five sentences.
  • It’s 2018. Where did you last see your jetpack on Saturday?
  • Which is the oldest tree in your neighborhood, and what has it seen?
  • At a banquet in Kazakhstan, you are greeted as a guest of honor and served the traditional sheep’s eyeball. Respectfully, you decline. You are then offered the sheep’s tongue, instead. What’s your excuse this time?
  • Fill in the blank and keep going. “I really ought to eat more_____.”
  • Aloha! You’re a lost tourist on a locals-only beach in Hawaii. Talk your way out of a night mugging, using only surfer slang and sea turtle metaphors.
  • Find a photo and write what’s not in the picture.
  • As a talking Chihuahua, what would you tell your humans about the new crying baby who now lives with you?
  • Pick a place you’ve never been to. Explain why you are moving there.
  • What piece of advice do you most often give and least often follow?
  • If you were given one extra hour today and you weren’t allowed to use it for anything you’d normally do (e.g.; eat, sleep, etc.), what would you do with that hour?
  • How’s it going? Write the honest answer.

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