Every writer or blogger has moments when they feel completely void of ideas and drained of inspiration. This explains why the search engines get bombarded with key phrases like 'creative writing prompts', 'creative writing ideas', 'creative writing topics' etc. The Internet seems to promise solutions for everything. It doesn't always provide them but it can be a great place to find inspiration, if you know where to look for it. This list of creative writing prompts and tips does not claim to be the ultimate cure for writer's block. It is nothing but a taster and its purpose is to stimulate your appetite and make you crave for more. Creativity is like a virus. It can be addictive. God launched it and we continue to become infected with it every day. -
1. Invent a new species of aliens. Give them a name and write a detailed description of their appearance and habits, of their planet and its position in the universe, of their language, history, values, thinking patterns, ultimate goal, etc.
2. Go through a list of phobias and choose the most interesting and unusual ones. Create a few imaginary characters and make them suffer from those phobias. Pick your favourite one and write a story about him/her. -
3. Explore the concept of synchronicity. Follow two or more threads at the same time. Reveal the strong connections between people who don't appear to be directly linked and disclose the set of coincidences that brings them together. -
4. One morning you wake up with a radio station in your head. Describe it in detail and emphasize the impact it has on your life. -
5. One morning you look in the mirror and realize you've grown a pair of horns. Write a story in which you depict your struggles to cope with people's prejudices and your efforts to adapt to this new situation. -
6. You join a religious denomination that sends its members back in time to convert the bloodiest and most cruel figures in history. Pick your own historical character and give him a chance to choose another path. -
7. You go swimming in the sea and you are kidnapped by a lonely mermaid who wants a friend/lover. -
8. A nice quiet weekend in the countryside. Nothing can go wrong. Or can it?
9. Your house turns into a palace over night. Any logical explanation?
10. A spider suggests you switch places for one day. Don't you like spiders? How about a bat then?
11. Rewrite Snow White from one of the seven dwarfs' perspective. -
12. The most unpopular girl/boy in your school becomes obsessed with you. -
13. You eat a raw egg (they've been telling you it's good for your voice) and three weeks later you discover you've got a chicken growing inside your tummy. -
14. Explore the butterfly effect and how making different choices can alter the course of the future. -
15. If I were an inventor, the first thing I would invent would be...
16. Write a story that starts like this: 'All I've ever wanted from life is...'
17. Write a story that starts with the following sentence: 'I knew somebody had been secretly reading my manuscripts.'
18. Write a story that ends with the words: 'I promised myself I would never tell anyone about this.'
19. Check out the weird news section of the online newspapers to get ideas for new stories. -
20. Start a contest for the most fascinating character. Create a few characters and make each of them write a letter to expose the reasons why they think they should win the competition. Pick up the winner and reward him/her with a leading role in your new story. -
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Mariana Wilson is the author of Eliza's Writing Jug, a blog that gives creative writing prompts and tips to writers and bloggers who find themselves in a crisis of inspiration or go through writer's block.