Where to Find the Best Writing Prompts
Are you lacking inspiration for a story? Something to spark your imagination? Here are writing prompt resources gleaned over many years, just for you.
1. One Word (www.oneword.com)
One Word is an excellent tool to get the creative juices flowing. When you reach the homepage, click ‘go’. Then, you will be given one word, and sixty seconds to write about that word in whatever way you choose. The time limit encourages you to write whatever you’re feeling, without putting too much thought into how good it will be.
The word prompt is updated every day, so you can use this tool whenever you need it. Not only that, you can choose to display your responses to prompts and read the work of other writers on the site.
2. Writing Prompts Blog (https://writing-prompt-s.tumblr.com/)
This is a Tumblr blog that I've found very useful for bright ideas. The user updates it daily with opening sentences, story summaries, or character profiles that you can use to start something amazing. If you're a Tumblr user, reblog the prompt with a response, and you may get noticed for your idea!
3. Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.co.uk/)
Pinterest is a place for users to save anything they love or need in a tidy place. It's got everything, including writing prompts. Simply type 'writing prompts' into the search bar and it's amazing what you'll find. Whether it's a quote, a photograph, an opening sentence, or a piece of dialogue, Pinterest is full to the brim of inspiration.
4. 365 Creative Writing Prompts - ThinkWritten (https://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/)
365 days in a year. Why not have 365 prompts for each of those days? This list provides you with simple ideas to work with: a phrase, a word, or a situation, but they're incredibly effective if you need a starting point for a story or an anecdote. Use one every single day, and you'll find that your creativity strengthens the more you write.
5. @writingprompts - Twitter (https://twitter.com/writingprompts)
A simple Twitter feed, updated daily, with a word or series of words that might give you a spark. Again, try and use prompts like these every day.
Now get writing!
These sources will definitely provide you with great material, so use them when you can, but don't forget that there's plenty of inspiration in the outside world too. Take a walk, look around, and anything you see could turn into a story.
by Amber Martin