If you’re ever stuck trying to figure out what to write about, write about what you want.

What do you want writing prompt

Next time you’re stuck, use this writing prompt.

A story is about a character who wants something.

When was the last time you wanted something so badly you were willing to do anything (anything!) to get it?

When was the last time you had something you loved so much you would do anything to protect it?

What is something you want but can never have?

Great Stories Are About Desire

Desire is the best and worst part of life, and all great stories are about desire.

And so to write a good story, you need to connect with your own desire.

You don’t need to act on that desire. You don’t need to obsess over what you want.

You need to know desire, to understand it as intimately as you know yourself.

What do you want most in the world?

PRACTICE

Use the writing prompt above to write a story about your greatest desire.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments section. And if you post, please make sure to give feedback to a few other writers.

Happy writing!

Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is a writer and entrepreneur. He is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Let's Write a Short Story! and the co-founder of Story Cartel. You can follow him on Twitter (@joebunting).