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You get better at any skill through practice. Prompts are a great way to practice writing (as you might imagine, we’re really into practice here), and in this post, I have ten of our best creative writing prompts.

Try a few out, and if you’re ready to take the next step in your writing, check out our 100 Best Short Story Ideas.

10 Best Creative Writing Prompts

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How To Use These Creative Writing Prompts

At the end of every article on The Write Practice, we include a writing prompt so you can put what you just learned to use immediately. And we invite you to share your writing with our community so you can get feedback on your work.

The Write Practice is more than just a writing blog. It’s a writing workbook, and we think it’s the best one on the Internet (of course, we’re a bit biased).

One of the most important parts of practice is getting feedback, and we want to help YOU get feedback on your writing. To do that, below each prompt on this page is a link to share your practice in the comments section on a page dedicated to that prompt.

After you share your writing, please be sure to give feedback to at least three other writers there in the comments. That way everyone can get feedback!

And if you want even more prompts, you can download our workbook, 14 Prompts, for free here (it’s normally, $5.99).

Our Most Popular Creative Writing Prompts

Why not try using two or three of these creative writing prompts in your writing today? Who knows, you might even begin something that becomes your next novel to write or short story. It’s happened to Write Practicers before!

Enjoy the writing prompts!

My 3 Favorite Writing Prompts

  • Write about a time you felt out of place, awkward, and uncomfortable. Try not to focus on your feelings, but project your feelings onto the things around you.
  • Write about a ghost. How do they feel about the world? What do they see and hear? How did they become a ghost?
  • Your characters haven’t gotten any sleep. Write about why, and how they respond to being sleepless.

1. Grandfathers

Write about a grandfather, maybe your grandfather or your character’s grandfather. What memories do you/does your character associate with him.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Grandfathers

Creative Writing Prompts

2. Sleepless

Your characters haven’t gotten any sleep. Write about it.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Sleepless

Creative Writing Prompts

3. Out of Place

Write about a time you felt out of place, awkward, and uncomfortable. Try not to focus on your feelings, but project your feelings onto the things around you.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Out of Place

Creative Writing Prompts

4. Longing

Write about longing. How does it feel to go about a normal day when your character wants something else?

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Longing

Creative Writing Prompts

5. Write About Yourself

Write about yourself.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the writing prompt: Write About Yourself

Creative Writing Prompts

6. Ghosts

Write about a ghost. How do they feel about the world? What do they see and hear? How did they become a ghost?

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: 3 Reasons to Write About Ghosts

Creative Writing Prompts

7. Road Trip

Write about a roadtrip. Is your character escaping something? Is your character looking for something? Hint at the thing without telling us while describing what the character sees.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the writing prompt: Road Trip

Creative Writing Prompts

8. Morning

Write about the morning. What are your character’s morning routines? What is special about this morning?

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Morning

Creative Writing Prompts

9. The Beach

Write about the beach. Is your character reflecting on something important that has happened to them? Describe the memory while overlaying the sights, sounds, and smells of the beach onto them.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: The Beach

Creative Writing Prompts

10. Autumn

Write about autumn. Natural surroundings can bring up old memories and odd feelings. Describe what your character sees, feels, and most of all does.

Write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished, post your writing practice in the comments section on this page. If you post, be sure to give feedback to three other writers as well.

See the prompt: Autumn

Creative Writing Prompts

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Do you use writing prompts in your writing?

PRACTICE

For today’s practice, choose one of these prompts and write for fifteen minutes. When you’re finished with your practice, share it in that post’s comments section.

Happy writing!

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Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting
Joe Bunting is an author and the leader of The Write Practice community. He is also the author of the new book Crowdsourcing Paris, a real life adventure story set in France. It was a #1 New Release on Amazon. You can follow him on Instagram (@jhbunting).
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