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Fun for Friday: Short Story Ideas

| December 14, 2018

If you’re looking for some creative short story prompts, I’ve found a list of 72 at Bookfox! There are some for nearly any genre you can think of, and some that could be used in a multitude of different genres with just a few tweaks. The ideas are each a sentence or more, giving all […]

Fun for Friday: December Writing Prompts

| November 30, 2018

December begins tomorrow, which seems far too near. But it also means that this year is almost over, which is something of a relief. The prompts this month are taken from December holidays and words associated with winter. As always, feel free to interpret the words in the way you like. I’ve tossed in some […]

Fun for Friday: Hundreds of Writing Prompts

| November 16, 2018

If you’re stuck in a rut or need a prompt to get you started on a new story, have you checked out Penguin Random House’s Writer’s Academy prompt list? The list includes prompts for fantasy, horror, mystery, romance, and sci-fi, and you could always pick elements from multiple lists if you want to do something […]

Fun for Friday: Autumn Writing Prompts

| November 9, 2018

If you’re looking for some seasonal writing prompts for autumn, check out this list from Bustle. Not all of them are speculative fiction oriented, but you could take some of those non spec fic prompts and twist them a little to point them in the direction you want to go. They also invite you to […]

Fun for Friday: November Writing Prompts

| October 26, 2018

November is still almost a week a way, but not quite. So it’s time for November’s writing prompts. The prompts this month are taken from November holidays, words associated with autumn and the month of November, and words derived from the word “November.” As always, feel free to interpret the words in the way you […]

Fun for Friday: Speculative Fiction Writing Prompts

| October 12, 2018

If you’re looking for a list of speculative fiction prompts that can last you a good long while, check out this list from author Eric J. Krause! There appear to be maybe 100 different prompts here, and they’re all over the place in terms of theme and content! This is going to become my go […]

Fun for Friday: Drawlloween as Writing Prompts

| September 28, 2018

Normally, today’s the day when I would post my list of prompts for the month of October. But October is Drawlloween, which is a great month of prompts for artists to draw a spooky thing every day of the month. And I like to use Drawlloween prompts as writing prompts, because I love spooky things! […]

Fun for Friday: September Writing Prompts!

| August 31, 2018

It’s already September, and I hope that my readers in the Northern Hemisphere are seeing cooler temperatures after the scorcher of a summer than many of us had. I’m sure the parents among you are looking forward to the kids going back to school. This month has some prompts inspired by the back-to-school time, some […]

Fun for Friday: Sci-Fi Writing Prompts!

| August 24, 2018

I typically have an easy time coming up with fantasy story ideas, but I’m rubbish when it comes to sci-fi story ideas. Luckily, Mandy Wallace has 58 sci-fi writing prompts on her blog. There’s a wide range of ideas here, so you’re sure to find something that sounds good. In the meantime, I’ll definitely be […]

Fun for Friday: 365 Writing Prompts!

| August 3, 2018

It may be past the midpoint of the year, but that’s no reason why you can’t get started on writing every day. This list gives 365 writing prompts, so you could start at the beginning and work your way through, or you could start on the number corresponding to the day of the year (today […]