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Writing Prompts for All Occasions

Writing prompts to stimulate your imagination. Resources to help you hone your craft. Inspiration from great writers to supercharge your productivity.

Welcome to ePrompts.com, a website dedicated to helping people become better writers. Here you'll find hundreds of free writing prompts, advice and techniques, and inspiration from the world's great writers.

The purpose of this website is twofold …

  1. To help people improve their writing skills.
  2. To help teachers supplement their writing curriculum.

ePrompts.com serves an expanding community of writers and teachers. If this is your first visit, start your exploration by browsing through these pages of creative writing prompts.

Improve Your Craft

Why do people speak of writing as a craft?

In the past, people typically thought writing talent was an innate quality. You were either born with it, or you weren't. Such thinking dissuaded most from even attempting any serious writing longer than a letter. Even today, this belief is prevalent, despite vast amounts of empirical evidence to the contrary.

The truth is … writing talent is a learned skill. No one is born a great writer. You learn through imitation and repetition. As Stephen King put it … you read a lot, and you write a lot.

Hitting the Wall

Improvement comes over time. Writing a lot, writing on a schedule, practicing the craft … that's where most aspiring writers drop the ball. (I've been guilty of this myself.)

The biggest reason people don't write a lot (and thus don't improve) is simple. They find it increasingly difficult to come up with ideas of things to write about. They hit the wall, like a marathon runner, and don't persevere through to the other side.

Writing Prompts

In order to get your second wind in this writing marathon, you need to keep writing. What people call writer's block should really be called thinker's block.

When the stream of ideas dries up, you have two choices. Stop writing, or use the tools available to get your imagination rolling again. The collection of writing prompts on this website is a tool, just like a dictionary or a thesaurus is a tool.

The key to success in writing (just like in every other part of life) is persistence. Keep writing. No matter what. Make it a habit. By incorporating writing prompts into your writing schedule, you absolutely will improve your writing over time.

Recent Updates

  1. January Writing Prompts

    Free daily January writing prompts. Use these photo-based writing prompts in your daily journaling to explore a wide variety of themes and ideas.

  2. Easter Writing Prompts

    Twenty-five Easter writing prompts. Stretch your writing muscles by exploring the many nuances of how bunnies hatch out of chocolate eggs every spring.

Recent Updates

  1. January Writing Prompts

    Free daily January writing prompts. Use these photo-based writing prompts in your daily journaling to explore a wide variety of themes and ideas.

  2. Easter Writing Prompts

    Twenty-five Easter writing prompts. Stretch your writing muscles by exploring the many nuances of how bunnies hatch out of chocolate eggs every spring.

Who Are You?

Do any of these descriptions sound like you? If so, you're in the right place.

* Aspiring Writer … You just finished reading the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (all fourteen books, plus the prequel). You've caught the writing bug. It's your destiny. You dropped out of engineering school to sink or swim as a writer.

* Author … You've been writing for a while now. You feel pretty confident in your craft. But you know there's always room for improvement. (Hey, maybe the inspiration for your next bestseller is waiting for you here.)

* Middle School Student … Your teacher gave you a writing assignment. It's due tomorrow. You're stuck because it's so vague. Something like … Write an essay about the French Revolution. All you can think about is getting some french fries.

* High School or College Student … That annoying standardized test is coming up. Your mom told you she'd buy you skis and a season pass to Aspen if you pass the test. But you know it's mostly essay questions. You're determined to hit the slopes.

* Teacher … You're tired of the writing assignments in your government-issue curriculum. They're about as exciting as the IRS tax code. Your students regularly turn into mindless zombies whenever they hear the word writing.

* A Lost Soul… You recently moved to Bakersfield in an ill-fated attempt to find yourself through journaling and hanging out in honky tonk bars. (Who knows? You might be the next Merle Haggard.)

Who Are You?

Do any of these descriptions sound like you? If so, you're in the right place.

* Aspiring Writer … You just finished reading the Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (all fourteen books, plus the prequel). You've caught the writing bug. It's your destiny. You dropped out of engineering school to sink or swim as a writer.

* Author … You've been writing for a while now. You feel pretty confident in your craft. But you know there's always room for improvement. (Hey, maybe the inspiration for your next bestseller is waiting for you here.)

* Middle School Student … Your teacher gave you a writing assignment. It's due tomorrow. You're stuck because it's so vague. Something like … Write an essay about the French Revolution. All you can think about is getting some french fries.

* High School or College Student … That annoying standardized test is coming up. Your mom told you she'd buy you skis and a season pass to Aspen if you pass the test. But you know it's mostly essay questions. You're determined to hit the slopes.

* Teacher … You're tired of the writing assignments in your government-issue curriculum. They're about as exciting as the IRS tax code. Your students regularly turn into mindless zombies whenever they hear the word writing.

* A Lost Soul… You recently moved to Bakersfield in an ill-fated attempt to find yourself through journaling and hanging out in honky tonk bars. (Who knows? You might be the next Merle Haggard.)

Who Am I?

In no particular order, I'm a … father, son, uncle, brother, computer programmer, student of Classical Greek, lover of coffee, avid reader, native Californian, anarchist, amateur astronomer, Gemini, guitar player, and writer. For more information, please visit: About Richard Ewald.

For a sample of my writing style, check out Sierra Girls, a suspense novel I wrote several years ago. It's available on Amazon, where you can read the first seven chapters for free.

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