You’ve heard a lot about this writing thing, or you want to explore your passion once and for all. But where do you start?

Take this list of writing prompts, specifically geared for new writers.

Don’t worry if you don’t stick to the prompt–the whole point is to just get going.

  1. Write a story based on the following sentence: “She opened the door to find a mysterious package sitting on her doorstep.”
  2. Imagine a world where emotions are physically visible. Describe a scene where two characters are experiencing contrasting emotions.
  3. Write a letter from a character to their past self, giving advice and encouragement.
  4. Create a dialogue between two inanimate objects, such as a pen and a notebook, discussing their purpose and dreams.
  5. Write a descriptive piece about a favorite childhood memory. Explore the sights, sounds, and emotions associated with it.
  6. In a dystopian society, invent a new form of rebellion that challenges the oppressive regime.
  7. Imagine you wake up with the ability to speak and understand any language in the world. Describe the adventures that follow.
  8. Write a story about a character who discovers a hidden magical power within themselves. How do they learn to control and use it?
  9. Describe a scene where two strangers meet on a train journey and strike up an unexpected friendship.
  10. Write a letter to your future self, describing your dreams, aspirations, and goals. Reflect on the steps you’re taking to achieve them.
  11. Create a short story inspired by a famous painting or photograph. Describe the scene depicted and explore the emotions it evokes.
  12. Write a suspenseful scene set in a haunted house. Use descriptive language to build tension and create a sense of unease.
  13. Imagine you have the ability to time travel. Write a journal entry about your journey to a significant historical event.
  14. Write a poem that captures the beauty and tranquility of nature. Use vivid imagery and sensory details to bring it to life.
  15. Describe a character who possesses a unique superpower but considers it a burden rather than a gift. Explore their struggles and growth.

Remember, writing prompts are meant to ignite your creativity and get you started. Feel free to adapt and modify these prompts to suit your preferences and writing style.

Happy writing!

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