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25 Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

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Becky writes for a hobby and is an animal lover. She is a biological science technician.

Need to get the creative juices flowing? As with any skill, the more you practice, the better you become. Writing is no different! Whether you're experiencing writer's block, have just finished a major project and are unsure what to do next, or just enjoy writing, it's important to practice. Most authors spend a certain amount of time writing every day.

Use these creative writing prompts to spark some ideas!

Have your pen at the ready!

Have your pen at the ready!

Prompts for Creative Stimulation

1. Neighborhood gift exchange . . . The neighbors I like get food, coffee, or other treats. The neighbors I don't like, well, they get a flamingo yard ornament. Now, most of the neighbors have pink, plastic birds in their front yards.

2. A big company has finally released a big product called "rose-colored glasses". Once put on, these glasses make the wearer perceive the world more positively.

3. A child's beloved pet tortoise escapes its outdoor pen early in the summer and goes missing. The tortoise isn't found until early autumn. Tell the story of that summer from either the child's or tortoise's perspective (or do both!).

4. A woman with depression is offered a new, experimental medication that works by turning off all a person's emotions. What goes through her mind as she makes her decision, and what does she decide?

6. Use a photo for inspiration!

5. How does choosing whether to use a blue towel or a red towel to dry his hands that morning affect the rest of his day?

7. A superhero needs to save the world with one of these three objects: a tree frog, a pack of sour candy, or a tin box.

8. Everyone's lives are documented in journals, and these journals are stored in massive library archives once a person has passed away. A very aged librarian has devoted her entire life to these memoirs, and she's spent decades carefully tending the archives. Now it's finally time for her to catalog her own journal into the collection.

9. What if cockroaches could talk?

10. A young country girl ventures into the big city for the first time. She doesn't like the city, but she's searching for someone very important.

11. A professional puzzle-builder prepares to build his final puzzle.

12. A haunted house or treasure hunt!

13. The teacher thought it was a great idea to have a bring-your-pet-for-show-and-tell day for the kids. But as he watches one child carry in a tarantula, another lead in a goat, and a third child drag in a cardboard box (with scratching and growling noises coming from within), he decides that perhaps it wasn't such a great idea after all.

14. This would be the crossword puzzle of a lifetime. It would make people fall in love, have the power to start or end wars, and it would push civilization decades into the future. But first, it needed to be written.

15. Write a love story inspired by all three of these quotes:

  • “You don't love someone because they're perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they're not.” (Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper)
  • "We accept the love we think we deserve." (Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
  • “We’re all a little weird... And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.” (Robert Fulghum, True Love)

16. Radishes are the best vegetable in the world. Why, you ask? Because on the day I accidentally bought a radish at the supermarket (I thought I was grabbing a cherry tomato), I was robbed . . .

17. A complete stranger hands a signed, blank check to a homeless person, smiles, and then leaves without saying a word.

18. Knife and fork: friends or foes?

Friends, enemies, or frienemies?

Friends, enemies, or frienemies?

19. A man is stranded on a deserted island. The only other living creature on the island is an old, cranky goose with a broken wing.

20. Your character lives in a tower that goes infinitely up and infinitely down. What is his/her life like? Is this tower a prison, or is it wonderful?

21. Wait, dragons don't exist. So what the heck is that thing flying overhead? Is it ... is it spewing fire? That's gotta be the weirdest airplane ever created. Or maybe it's a hot air balloon? It certainly isn't a dragon.

22. The head chef of a new fine dining restaurant is finally ready for opening night. There's an important critic there, and she orders an expensive signature dish. Oh crap. The main ingredient for that dish is nowhere to be found! How does the chef pull off a good opening night?

23. The world's climate is changing at a rapid rate. The people of Florida know how to deal with hurricanes and tropical storms. But what about blizzards? What happens when the southeast United States is buried under six feet of snow?

24. Photo: You're standing at the top of a rusty, abandoned staircase.

A rusty staircase can serve as an interesting basis for a plot.

A rusty staircase can serve as an interesting basis for a plot.

25. Nuclear fallout threatens. One little town has a small bunker that can hold only two families. Who gets to use the bunker? What do those two families find when they finally emerge?

Bonus prompt: a photo of mysterious shed.

Bonus prompt: a photo of mysterious shed.

Share what you wrote!

If you used one of these writing prompts and would like to share your work, leave a comment with an excerpt or a link to your blog post. I'd love to read them!


Snappy mouse on November 12, 2018:

I think it is good to keep writing. these have helped me write Some Short Stories. thank you So much Keep up the good work.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on December 01, 2016:

That took a lot of effort to come up with the prompts. Thanks for sharing and helping to get the creative juices flowing. Well done. Take care.

Travis come on November 25, 2016:

Some of these writing ideas are really good keep up the good work