Creative Writing Prompts and How to Use Them

When you’re feeling like you need a little bit of inspiration to help you write your next sentence, paragraph, or chapter, turning to some creative writing prompts can be really helpful. These little nuggets of inspiration can be great for getting your creative juices flowing – sometimes, all you need is a gentle nudge in the right direction. Let’s look at some great creative writing prompts; hopefully, you’ll find a few you would like to use!

1. Where in the World?

Imagine your character closing their eyes, spinning around a couple of times, and sticking a pin in a map of the World. Wherever it lands is where they will head to next. What adventures are in store for your character? If it’s a place, you’ve never been to, enjoy doing some research into the country to make your writing feel more authentic!

2. Take a walk through your neighborhood

Pay particular attention to the buildings. Were they all built recently, or are there some older buildings that you know will have a tale or two to tell? Think about how your character would respond to these buildings. Would they be intrigued, appalled, fascinated, or neutral? This can be a great way to get inside your character’s head and understand what makes them tick a little better. In turn, this will help you to flesh out the character more, bringing them to life better for your readers.

3. A sprinkle of magic, a dash of sorcery

Bring a little bit of magic into your writing by using a magic potion to lead your next paragraph. What’s in the potion? Who is making it? What is the potion for? The possibilities are endless, so let your imagination run wild. After all, with magic, there is no right or wrong answer!

4. Is that a real word?

Some of the greatest writers have brought new words to our language – why can’t you do the same? This prompt will set your writing apart from everyone else’s and help you to put into words the exact action, sound, or emotion you want to describe.

5. Whose view are we looking at this from?

An interesting way of developing an idea is to imagine it from another perspective. The most fun way to do this is using the perspective of a character we would otherwise find it hard to understand. This might be an animal or another non-speaking character. Use your literary power to bring these characters to life!

6. The beauty of dreams

In dreams, we often experience the impossible. Imagine what your character might dream about and how they would feel about it when they woke up. This will give your readers real insight into the character’s psyche.

7. Inviting Inspiration In

Write about your character receiving an invitation. Is it for a party or a wedding perhaps? Maybe it’s from a character we have yet to be introduced to. How would your character respond to such an invitation – would they accept?

There are plenty of creative prompts out there, so keep looking for one that you like the sound of. They can help to unlock new ideas, and most importantly, can be fun to think about! I hope you enjoy using these!

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