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Writing Prompts: Creative Writing Ideas

Updated on March 25, 2012

Are you in need of writing prompts or creative writing ideas? There are days when ideas seem to flow from everywhere. The mind is flooded with overwhelming passion and enthusiasm to express all these things on a blank paper or on a computer screen. But then again there are days when nothing happens. No thoughts. No mind boggling things screaming for attention. Just dead silence.

When these things happen, I don’t force the issue. I accept that I need to be away for awhile and allow myself to bask in that silence. For sometimes in that silence, I am made to accept my emptiness and find my peace. And in that peace and stillness, I allow myself to open up and be filled once again. The sparks come back and I find my inner voice.

So there may be certain reasons why you arrived in this hub today.

  1. You are out of ideas and browsing around for topics
  2. You want to write but can’t seem to muster yourself to pick up a pen or type
  3. You feel like doing some writing exercises
  4. You just want to know what I am up to (duh!)

Whatever reasons you may have, just grab a prompt and write something today. Let’s get started!


Write anything that comes to your mind. You may begin just by writing words or phrases and if you feel like it, a paragraph. No pressure. Keep it short and sweet.

  1. Rain
  2. Joy
  3. Blanket
  4. Smile
  5. Bankrupt
  6. Miracle
  7. Pregnant
  8. Dream
  9. Headache
  10. Birthday
  11. Time
  12. Toes
  13. Itchy
  14. Vacation
  15. Playground
  16. Books
  17. Wrinkles
  18. Bones
  19. Bloody
  20. God

Now I would love to write all the one letter words I could think of right now. But I believe that is not plausible here. If you like this writing exercise, you may find this blog interesting: The One Minute Writer. This blogger added an extra challenge. As she gives off the writing prompt for the day, set your timer to one minute and write. It’s pretty cool. Try it!


Answer these questions without being too logical or practical.

  1. What if you have three arms instead of two?
  2. What would you do if a man approaches you on the street and gives you a dozen flowers?
  3. What if you were a princess stuck in the form of a frog, how would you make your prince fall in love with you?
  4. What if your goose lays golden eggs?
  5. What if you have super powers?
  6. What would you do if you were in a department store and suddenly find yourself accused of robbery?
  7. What if you find your nose growing long every time you say a lie?
  8. What if you wake up one day and see that you are a leprechaun?
  9. Would you dare walk on the streets with curlers on your hair and wearing mismatched shoes?
  10. What if ice cream comes out from a volcano instead of lava?
  11. What if you are so excited and you pee in your pants?
  12. What would you do if you discover that your wife/husband/girlfriend/boyfriend has a secret – they keep their cut toenails as a hobby?
  13. What if you don’t brush your teeth for a week?
  14. What if everyday is your birthday?
  15. What if you have wings?
  16. What if your eyes are found at the back of your head?
  17. What if you have 50 million dollars on your bank account?
  18. What would you do if you sleepwalk?
  19. What if you are the president of your country?
  20. What if today is the last day of your life on earth?


Everyone has their own story to tell. What is yours? Here are just a few sample prompts. Feel free to write anything that comes to your mind.

  1. Your earliest memory of your childhood
  2. Your favorite room in the house
  3. The playmate that you had a crush on
  4. Your first kiss
  5. To cheat or not to cheat
  6. My most favorite teacher
  7. Why I sleep with my teddy bear
  8. An angel who saved me
  9. The father I never knew
  10. My best friend, my enemy
  11. The man and the rose
  12. Inside this box
  13. Miracles of my life
  14. Dancing in the moonlight
  15. The laundry woman
  16. The voice that I miss the most
  17. Bitten by an alligator
  18. The stranger that saved me from death
  19. Life of an estranged daughter
  20. Escape from boredom


Remember the incidents when you felt…

  1. Embarrassed
  2. Frightened
  3. Joyful
  4. Sad
  5. Surprised
  6. Ashamed
  7. Doubtful
  8. Anxious
  9. Jealous
  10. Angry
  11. Sexy
  12. Cheerful
  13. Hopeful
  14. Horrible
  15. Inspired


Look at the photos below. What comes to your mind when you see these photos? Write it down. It may be in whatever form you like - a paragraph or two, an essay or even a story.

There are many ways to stimulate and prompt your creative juices. If you are a hubber, you can read the hubs of your choice and leave a comment. Sometimes reading other people's work will inspire you to write something of your own. Or you can opt to join sites like facebook or friendster or myspace and communicate with friends.

Words and phrases can stimulate your senses. Photographs and sceneries are feast for the eyes. The sounds of life heard everywhere can perk up your ears. Your experiences and your own imagination will take you far and beyond. Keep sharing. Keep writing.

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...and there she was talking about the monkey in the zoo when out from nowhere came a big BOO! Huh?

Choose a prompt above and write something below... Enjoy writing!

By: Michelle Simtoco


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    • trusouldj profile image

      LaZeric Freeman 

      7 years ago from Hammond

      Amazing how looking at photos can spark ideas.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much for your sharing and for the votes! And viola...I suddenly feel like writing the topic on the power of praise and encouragement. hahahah Thanks again and more power to your writing.

    • Levertis Steele profile image

      Levertis Steele 

      8 years ago from Southern Clime

      I like what you wrote: "Write anything that comes to your mind. You may begin just by writing words or phrases and if you feel like it, a paragraph. No pressure. Keep it short and sweet."

      A student once exclaimed, " I can't think of anything to write about!" The teacher responded, "Write that down, and tell me why you can't think of anything to write about." The student wrote down her complaint followed by several pages of grievances. She accused others of everything that caused her writer's block, but she WROTE! The outcome was a valuable lesson for the student.

      I have PARAGRAPHS FROM PICTURES--The Pictoparagraphic Writing Series," Scribe Edition, Copyright 1987, by the Perfection Form Company, Logan, Iowa. It was a winner when I used it years ago.

      Sometimes, as you have indicated, a person only needs a prompt to help shed writer's block. Your writing ideas are super!

      I am reminded of Walt Disney's account of his creation of Mickey Mouse. He was sitting in his office(?) one day when a mouse skittered about the floor. This amused him, and he began to sketch him. Naturally, he soon began to write something about him, too. There, in that place the great Mickey Mouse was born! How much has been written about him since?! So, doodling or sketching will also prompt some great writing ideas. Young children love to draw and write. So do I, and I have not been young in many decades.

      I love this hub. Thanks for sharing. I am clicking all positives and sharing.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Glad to hear your feedback everyone! Thanks so much!

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      Chuck Nugent 

      8 years ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Wow. This is a great Hub with some good ideas for coming up with things to write about. While my usual problem is finding the time to write and publish a Hub. Normally I don't have a problem with coming up with things to write about but it usually takes considerable time to research the topic, write the first draft and then proof read frequently do extensive re-writes as I proof read, then copying and pasting the text from my final draft into modules in a Hub, find and upload pictures, etc. I do my best writing early in the day so I get up early and generally have about an hour and a half to write before having to leave for work.

      One thing I think I will do with your great suggestions is see if I can get ideas that don't need to research and can quickly develop the idea and publish it.

      Thanks for a good resource and ideas for a new approach to writing.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Michelle,

      With your imagination and joy of life I find it hard to believe that you ever run out of ideas of things to write about. Just look at what you did here in this hub! You are correct in that reading other hubs often prompts ideas as well as looking at photos. Loved the ones you used...especially that last one with the bridge. Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing this one also.

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      8 years ago

      Wow, this really is a great article. All my suspicions are now clearer than ever. Thanks for the tips

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      8 years ago

      This is really helpful. I love your suggestions. Good hub.

    • kuroneko52 profile image


      8 years ago from Astoria, OR

      I really love some of the prompts that you have listed here, especially the photo prompts - you just don't see them as often as you would think.

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      Ashraf Mir 

      9 years ago from Dhaka

      So inspiring. Thanks a lot for sharing.

    • Tatara profile image


      9 years ago from Asia

      This has to be one of my favorite hubs ever!

    • Jaynie2000 profile image


      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas, Ripplemaker. I always love reading hubs on creative writing. I get all kinds of new inspiration from stuff like this. You might enjoy one of my related hubs and my new blog as well. Maybe we can get great ideas from one another. Keep writing!

    • EmilyWallace1981 profile image


      10 years ago from Southern U.S.

      Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      10 years ago

      You've definitely nailed down the pertinence for creative writing...along with the helpful tips for dealing with the formidable "writer's block." Thanks for the well written article and best of luck to you, as well.

    • tracykarl99 profile image


      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Great ideas! Will have to try some of these the next time I get stuck in writer's block. Thanks!

    • dongately profile image


      10 years ago from Sana Clarita, California

      Lots of ideas here, but if I have to try to think about what to write about, I don't think it would be as valid as if an idea or inspiration came to me without the effot.

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      Beth Morey 

      10 years ago from Montana

      Excellent hub, excellent ideas. Thanks!

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      Story Plot 

      10 years ago

      A great Hub with some sound advice on offer. Well written, well presented - thanks for sharing.

    • Dobson profile image


      10 years ago from Virginia

      What a truly rich resource you provide for us. I imagine that the total of hubs created from this to be astronomical. Perhaps you should seek royalties!

    • mboosali profile image


      10 years ago from Minneapolis

      I like the personal experience one. Good Hub.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Wow...that is nice to hear..thanks so much! :) Thanks for all the comments. I appreciate the feedback.

    • gf899 profile image


      10 years ago from Central Florida

      Thanks for the great article. My next hub about childhood came from your ideas. :)

    • maggs224 profile image


      10 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I loved the hub the title caught my attention and the hub lived up to the title. I think I will book mark this hub as it is full of good ideas which I look forward to using.

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      10 years ago

      Great hub! Looking forward to using some of your ideas! Thanks.

    • BEAUTYBABE profile image


      10 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

      I learned so much from this hub. It is certainly food for thought and hopefully will ignite some imaginative and creative juices inside me. I don't think I am up to the 30 day challenge yet, but I will keep trying to write more and interesting and exciting hubs. Thanks a lot for all the tips. I have taken them all on board. BB

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      Jeff Davis 

      10 years ago from California

      Great content with excellent ideas. I posted a link to this hub on one of my creative writing hubs...hopefully it helps you get the traffic you can check it out

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Smireles :)

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      Sandra Mireles 

      10 years ago from Texas

      You have a fun, and helpful hub to get the writing juices flowing. Good hub!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thanks Arthur and Lissa! :)

    • Lissa Lynn profile image

      Melissa Simmons 

      10 years ago from upstate NY

      Great hub! Very informative!

    • Arthur Gulumian profile image

      Arthur Gulumian 

      10 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Truly an amazing and poignant idea - envisioning can inspire the greatest of ideas and you've done a spectacular job of finding a way to relate images to the human subconscious.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by and having fun with these writing prompts. :)

    • Steffani Maxwell profile image

      Steffani Maxwell 

      10 years ago from Brooklyn, NY

      Excellent ideas! I look forward to using these prompts to jumpstart my creativity again. I was especially compelled by the photo and life experience prompts.

      I always have ideas, the problem I run into is having the patience to turn them into a full-length story. I get so excited to see how things will unfold, and end up getting in the way of the process. I want my stories to tell themselves, and for the characters to be themselves.

      And sometimes it's just plain laziness or busy-ness.

    • tinarathore84 profile image


      10 years ago from India

      thanks for this very useful hub. i particularly liked the Life Experiences and photo prompts..Though i find writing under pressure (where prompts are given and you are suppose to write in a given time or words)doesn't really work for me...

      to me it happens in a spark..suddenly a word, a phrase, a common face reveals something..a kind of epiphany and i have to pen it down or else it hounds me..the pic out there in your hub that says "some dreams are made of pages" moved me..that's where the spark is.

      will bookmark this hub and try getting to some of these prompts.

    • snookiecollins profile image


      10 years ago from SmallTown, USA

      Wonderfully refreshing hub - Great content, Great ideas (prompts) for topics. I will personally be bookmarking this for future referral! have a great weekend.. =D

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      jonillynn: Thank you too! :)

      Ladman: Glad you found this helpful. :)

      Loveofnight: Hope this will prompt wonderful things inside you to create something beautiful. :)

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      11 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

      i needed this...thx

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      11 years ago

      this is very helpful. THIs is wonderful

    • jonillynn profile image


      11 years ago

      Very helpful,thanks!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      rebecca and nicomp: Thanks for reading and commenting. Hope this hub sparks your imagination. :)

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      nicomp really 

      11 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Great stuff. Thanks for contributing your secrets.

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      Rebecca E. 

      11 years ago from Canada

      This is definitely one hub I'll be bookmarking

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi lorlie, I do read my email! :) Might skip a day or two esp. if the internet connection is lousy and running at turtle neck speed. Hahaha Thank you for leaving a comment. I always love to hear from other hubbers and even non hubbers their thoughts and ideas and perspectives. You can do it - be a wonderful writer. Thank you for allowing me to share my light with you as I in turn receive yours. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 

      11 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Although these comments all are dated three months ago, I hope you, ripplemaker, still read your mail! :o)

      I am a new writer, well, actually I am a writer who has only recently screwed up the courage to even call herself one. Either way, I am new to the world of computers, as well. HubPages, I joined only yesterday.

      Who would think I can think of nothing to write about with all this 'newness' surrounding me? Well, it seems that the more my life surprises me, the less I have to say about it...Perhaps I need to mentally digest first, then compose a summary!

      Whatever the reality is, I want to let you know that your words are inspiring and welcome to a newcomer such as myself.

      You are a ray of sunshine!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I will cheer you on...go Cindy something grand. May you find your inspiration! :-)

    • Cindy Letchworth profile image

      Cindy Letchworth 

      11 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      This is great. Since I've started a new job, I feel like my writer's mind is mush. Hopefully these ideas will inspire something grand.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Vanja, I visited your site and thanks for including the link here. :-) I am sure those who need it will find the resource helpful.

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      Vanja Kovacic 

      11 years ago

      Hey, fanastitic hub! Some truly great creative writing ideas and amazing picture prompts. I have a site which is all about creative writing prompts and you're all welcome to come and check it out.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Shamel, surviving. Hahaha Thanks for asking. :-)

      Hi Motherhubber, that is so cute of you. I would love to read what your 6 year old son's answer would be. I bet it would make me smile a lot. :-) Kids are so witty and smart and think really differently. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Much appreciated.

      Hi cobraski, hahahaha :-)

      Hi frogyfish, oh me too, I love that photo too. It just seems to beckon to you and invite you to cross and discover and have an adventure of your life. :-) Thanks frogyfish.

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      11 years ago from Central United States of America

      Such good shared ideas - just all over the place. Thanks. And I just LOVED that 'bridge to somewhere beautiful' picture!

    • cobraski profile image


      11 years ago from Maryland

      Very informative. With this great info. I could write 30 in 30 days, now only if I had the time. Good job!

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      11 years ago from Southern California

      Ripplemaker, I loved this. I am bookmarking it both for myself, and for my son, who is 6 and beginning to show an interest in Creative Writing. I think I am going to ask him to write a story about what happens when a volcano overflows with ice cream instead of lava. Fantastic! Keep up the good work!

    • shamelabboush profile image


      11 years ago

      Hi dear ripplemaker, wish all going alright with you? Good luck for your Hub challenge :) Thumps up!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Nana, I love how you said that :-) Thanks for being here!

      Hi Dottie, I had to laugh at your sharing. :-) When I was a child, I did remember wondering how come adults seem to know if we have been guilty of something. LOL Now I know better. (wink) Thanks for the support sis!

      Hi Shamel, that is great news. I'm off to read your hubs. :-)

    • shamelabboush profile image


      11 years ago

      Thanks dear for this prompt. I thing I got a push to write about anything since I haven't for a long time!

    • Dottie1 profile image


      11 years ago from MA, USA

      Great writing ideas Michelle.

      You had me in stitches at a few of them. Like what if your eyes are found at the back of your head. When my kids were young and they did something wrong they would ask me how I found out. I ALWAYS told them that mothers have eyes in the back of their head. That worked for a while.

      When they got older and wiser, I started telling them that Gods eyes were everywhere and his eyes are MINE! They had to think twice about that one! And still do! LOL. Thumbs up on this hub, sis - WAY TO GO!

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      Kathryn Skaggs 

      11 years ago from Southern California

      Beautiful Hub. I am always inspired to write about something outside of myself, that has affected me within. Inspiration is always a two-step process at the minimum.


    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      11 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi KCC, that was quick!  Hahaha Thanks for sharing that activity.  That sounds pretty neat... :-)

      Hi Cailin, me too... I squeeze writing in between work and family duties. :-) Now you gave me another idea. Here's another topic we can write about.

      Where do I find the time to write? LOL Thanks!

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      Cailin Gallagher 

      11 years ago from New England

      Great hub! I'll bookmark this for my next session of writer's block. Usually, it's more about not finding the time to write with me, instead of what to write. I need more time! Thanks for your hub!

    • KCC Big Country profile image


      11 years ago from Central Texas

      Great hub! Writing something inspired from a picture is a great idea!

      I took a short creative writing course at a local junior college last year and one of the first exercises we did was to pretend you were in a car stopped at a traffic light. Your job was tell a story about the people in the 10 vehicles around you. You had to tell where they were going, what they were doing, etc. Then, the following week, you picked two of them that you especially had a fondness for (you do that when you create them) and have them end up at the same place and continue the story. It was fun.


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