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Writing to Prompts

| January 6, 2020

Last week, I talked about writing to a theme. This week, I’m talking about writing to prompts. The two things are related, but not entirely the same. Writing to prompts comes up frequently if you’re looking to challenge yourself to write a daily, weekly, or even monthly story, when you don’t necessarily have an end […]

Fun for Friday: January 2020 Writing Prompts!

| December 27, 2019

2019 is coming to a close, so it’s time for the January 2020 writing prompts! Most of the words for this month are themed to the season, but there are also a good handful of really random things, so that you can have some non-seasonal prompts! You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with […]

Fun for Friday: Writing Prompts with a Twist

| December 20, 2019

Sometimes, you’ve got an idea for a story but you just need the right twist to make it different from stories that have come before. Whether you’re looking for a twist or a whole idea, here’s a list of 30 short story ideas with twists! The ideas are meant for middle school students, but that […]

Fun for Friday: December 2019 Writing Prompts

| November 29, 2019

It’s time for the December 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for December weather and events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. You could also integrate the photo I’ve included with this post as a part of your prompt. Leafless trees along a […]

Fun for Friday: NaNoWriMo (or other writer’s block) Help!

| November 15, 2019

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you may very well be surfing past my website because you’re stuck. Your characters and plot have gone off the rails (if they even had rails to begin with), and you’ll do anything other than try to work on you novel right now. You need these prompts, which the […]

Fun for Friday: Multi-Genre Writing Prompts

| November 1, 2019

If you’re out of ideas for your stories, check out this list of 200+ short story ideas! The ideas are from several different genres, and they add new ones each week, so you should be able to find something that works for you. One of their suggestions is to change the genre on some of […]

Fun for Friday: November 2019 Writing Prompts

| October 25, 2019

It’s time for the November 2019 writing prompts, which are a mix of random prompts with some themed prompts for November events this month. Hopefully, they’ll provide some fun options for you. If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this November, you could try to work one or more of the words into your writing each day of […]

Fun for Friday: Scary Story Prompts

| October 4, 2019

With it being October, it’s time for some spooky story prompts. As a warning, if you scare easily, you might want to skip these links. Here, you can find 101 terrifying horror story prompts in a general list, and here, you can find 101 MORE terrifying horror story prompts in various categories, some of which […]

Fun for Friday: October 2019 Writing Prompts

| September 27, 2019

October is my favorite month of the year, because it culminates in Halloween. It’s also a month with a whole lot of art challenges themed to the spooky season. So this month’s writing prompts come from Mab’s Drawlloween Club, Inktober, and Sari’s Artober. There’s a little bit of repetition amongst the lists, but for most […]

Fun for Friday: September 2019 Writing Prompts

| August 30, 2019

After doing months of my writing prompts as images, but no longer having access to the image creation software I once used, I’m changing things up a bit. First, I won’t have the writing prompts in a cute little image. Second, I really like doing things in threes, so … I’m changing to a list […]