Best Creative Writing Prompts

18 Of The Best Creative Writing Prompts To Help You Break The Cursed Writers Block

Sharpen your pencils and get ready to start feeling like yourself again.

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So, you have writer's block?

We all have it. It's the fate of everyone who decides to pursue writing as their professional or academic goal. Sometimes we stare at blank pieces of papers just begging for something inspirational to come, blow our minds and be able to perfectly execute it into the written word. It's not always that simple. Actually, it's never that simple.

I had a teacher tell me once that there was no such thing as sitting alone in the cabin in the woods and writing the next great novel. Ideally, this sounds romantic, intellectual and charming but truly, it's not possible. Writing is a craft that is controlled by your human thought. If you can't think straight, you can't write clear thoughts. And why yes, sometimes inspiration hits us like a truck, other times it takes a while to breathe until we can finally write the story we want to tell. How do you figure out what to write? That's where the writing prompts come in.

The purpose of a writing prompt is a developed thought, tone or idea is to allow your mind to start functioning as a writer. The idea may not be at all what you are seeking to write, but it will allow the gears in your brain to start to work again. There are no rules to the prompt either. You can write a paragraph, a page or a complete short story. The prompt can be centered around a plot, a setting or a character. You don't have to follow the prompt word for word either. You can adjust and weave as you go.

There are also different types of writing prompts and most likely when you think of the idea, you think of your middle school English class where the teacher will tell you what to write by putting a prompt on the whiteboard. "Write about a kitten lost in a tree. What does the kitten look like? What does the tree look like?" To me, those are lack-luster prompts that just ask you to describe events. As creative writers, we are tasked to describe so much more than fluffy kittens in tall oak trees. That's middle school writing. You, my friend, are a creative writer. These prompts are grown up, just like you.

These writing prompts provide a one to two line piece of dialogue or description. These style of prompts are aimed to inspire the deeper meaning of writing. The emotions and the voice of a character. The feeling and sounds of a place. The tone and mood of a piece. Digging deeper than adjectives in front of nouns. You're better than that.

Your story can either begin or lead up to these prompts. Like I said, there are no rules here. Just close your eyes and pick a prompt. Or write to which one speaks the loudest to you. Or give them all a shot. Set up some music if you need to focus and most importantly, have fun.

Happy witting!

1. The person of mystery.

Mystery prompt

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2. The pure children.

Children

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3. The future ya thriller

YA Promt

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4. The brutal betrayal

Betrayal

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5. The summer horror piece

Summer horror

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6. The calm before the storm

Before the storm

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7. The story of the person who wants the normal life

Normal Life Prompt

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8. The comedy Halloween story

Halloween humor

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9. When the good turns bad

Good promt

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10. The library love story

Library Love

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11. The king seeking his queen

King Love

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12. The not so innocent school crush

School Crush

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13. The dark humor piece

Dark Humor

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14. The sassy female character

Eye Contact

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15. The broken man

Broken

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16. The playful bickering

Shut up

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17. Once upon a romance

Sad part

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18. The truth of it all

Somethig is wrong

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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