Creative Writing Prompts

A collection of creative writing prompts focused on different types of fiction and various techniques for improving your craft and inspiring your muse.

For many of us, when we hear the word writing, the first thing that comes to mind is fiction. We think of Hemingway in a café in Paris, or Stephen King in a small town in Maine.

We also tend to think that creative writing talent is an innate quality. You're either born with it, or you're not. There may be some truth to this belief, but it's certainly not the whole story.

Success is ten percent inspiration and ninety percent perspiration. Regardless of your innate ability, you need to practice your craft a lot in order to achieve any semblance of success.

Luckily, you've come to the right place. Check out the following pages of writing prompts, and incorporate them into your writing schedule. You might want to grab a quick espresso first, as there's a lot of material here.

Creative Writing Prompts Pages

Sometimes all you need as a writer is a gentle push in the right direction. This list of 100 creative writing topics might be all you need to trigger a chain reaction in your neurons.

When you're done with that … or if you need a stronger shove to get your literary feet unstuck from the mire … try out this collection of 50 creative writing ideas.

Just about everyone you ask will tell you that the best fiction is character-driven. Go through these 25 character writing prompts to practice creating the unforgettable inhabitants of your fiction.

Readers need a lot of help to visualize the people and places in fiction. Use these 25 descriptive writing prompts to hone in on that happy medium between too much (boring) and too little (vague) description.

And no story is complete without a plot. Here's a list of 25 narrative writing prompts, which explore various tried-and-true narrative techniques to liven up your storytelling.

Finally, for those really brave souls among you, give these 25 poetry writing prompts a whirl. Even if you're not a poet, it never hurts to practice writing a variety of types of fiction.

Next Steps

After you've gone through the pages of creative writing prompts shown above, head over to these other pages to continue your journey.

Short fiction is an excellent way to practice your writing skills and to build up experience. These pages of creative writing story prompts will provide you with endless hours of inspiration and a plethora of tools and techniques.

Explore different genres of fiction to build up your skills in a wide variety of writing styles. Add these pages of fiction writing prompts into your writing schedule to liven up your writing practice.


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