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Writing Prompts to Evade the Dreaded Writer's Block

Updated on January 8, 2016

Writer's Block

If you have ever tried to write anything, whether it be an essay, a short story, a novel, etc., you have experienced the horror that is writer's block. You stare at your computer screen, waiting for your fingers to type the words that are trapped in your head, or you sit at your desk with your pen in your hand and a blank page in front of you, but nothing seems to happen. It is inevitable, but it is also curable.

Below I have included some simple writing prompts. All of them come from me, so feel free to use them as you wish.

Situation Prompts

  • You usually leave your doors unlocked, but tonight, you check the door three times to make sure it's secure.
  • Your plane has crash landed in the middle of the forest, and you believe that you are the only one to make it out alive. However, when you search the wreckage, no bodies are found.
  • Yesterday, your teacher assigned a project that is worth 25% of your overall grade. You are paired up with the new kid in the class, but he/she is purposely trying to make you fail. Why?
  • A prince saves the dragon from the princess.
  • Your best friend has gone missing. After two days, you receive a text message from him/her with a set of coordinates.
  • You are sent to prison for a murder that you are convinced you did not commit. Then, you start to have flashbacks of the victim.
  • When you wake up, you are no longer in your room. You can't see a thing, but you can hear someone humming.

A prince saves the dragon from the princess.
A prince saves the dragon from the princess. | Source
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Character Prompts

  • Write a lovable villain.
  • Write a hero who is a perfectionist.
  • Write a death scene for your character involving a betrayal.
  • Write a scene where your hero has to kill his/her sidekick.
  • Write an unexpected love interest.
  • Create a character fitting certain stereotypes, then make him/her likable.
  • Write from the POV of a character who is not of your gender.
  • Write from the POV of a character who is ten years older than you.
  • Write from the POV of a character who is ten years younger than you.
  • Write from the POV of a ghost/spirit.

Quotation Prompts

  • "You never told me you were afraid of the dark."
  • "Puh-lease. With this smile, I can get away with anything."
  • "In my defense, you never said that murder wasn't an option."
  • "With a little bit of elbow grease and a lot of alcohol, you can do anything you set your mind to."
  • "When I first met you, I thought that you were stuck up, stubborn, and absolutely obnoxious. Now, I think you're stuck up, stubborn, obnoxious, and a good friend."
  • "It's still breaking and entering even if you didn't break anything."
  • "You're the kind of person who could drown in ankle deep water, aren't ya?"
  • "You let me know how that goes."
  • "I like to feel like I'm in charge, even if I'm not."

Get Writing!

Now that you have a little bit of inspiration, get to it! Good luck with all of your writing projects!

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      Gabbi Struble 2 years ago from New York

      Thank you for commenting! Writing prompts are a great way to get something out on paper, even if it won't be used in one of your projects. Good luck on all of your writing endeavors!

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      David Edward Lynch 2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      Thanks for the advice on writing prompts. I have had other commitments lately so have not got any writing done but there are other times when I'm unable to get anything out.