Pastime – 30 Writing Prompts – 25

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This writing prompt is all about doing hobbies. It is all about describing the pastimes that we enjoy and spend our time doing.

The hobby is down to you, as is the location. It could be something as simple as reading or active as skydiving – although why you would enjoy skydiving is beyond me. As you write you should describe how you do your hobby and why. What is the process, what do you need to do and how do you do it? Describing something you do regularly is harder than you think. The steps you take become obvious the more we do them, so to write them down as a full description needs you to focus.

Why you do something is to tap into the emotions that surround your hobby. What do you get out of it? Where is the pleasure and the joy? If your hobby is creative, at what stage do you get most joy, the beginning, the middle, or the end?

Fantasy writers, is your hobby something that those beyond your world will know? Do you need to describe it with invented words? The same questions apply for why, but the how may be quite a challenge.

It is good to have a hobby, a pastime. What if that hobby is writing? You could tie yourself up in a creative writing loop as you do this prompt, as your character does this prompt, as their character does this prompt, as… (At this point you may have turned into Stephen King, but then that is no bad thing – with certain caveats.)

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

Gogglebox – 30 Writing Prompts – 24

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What’s your relationship with the TV. Is it the demon that sucks away your time in the corner of the room? Is it a friend you snuggle up to and spend the late nights with? Do you even have a TV? Well, the TV is the centre of our writing prompt today, but there is no time to watch it, it’s time to write.

At some point in your day, most likely the evening, you find yourself in front of your TV, or a TV. The choice of program, is up to you. It could be a favourite drama, something you remember watching as a child, or the latest news broadcast. You may be browsing the channels, skipping from one to another, looking for something of interest. You can be watching with a friend, or on your own, the setting is down to you.

What is the program you are watching, or have caught yourself watching? How does it make you feel? Does it bring back memories? Does it shock you in a good way, making you want to see more? Do you remember how you felt the first time you ever watched your favourite program? (If you have one.) If it is the news, what events are you being misinformed about?

For those writing from a fantasy point of view, this could be a little more difficult. You could use a band of travelling performers, or minstrels. Instead of watching the TV you could watch them? In space, TV may have advanced, it could be full-immersion holographic entertainment. However, the prompt is still the same, we are exploring how an external stimulus makes us feel.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

At The Bar – 30 Writing Prompts – 23

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Today’s prompt is once again about exploring the art of conversation. However, art may be too strong a word. We’re going to delve into the conversation as it mixes with alcohol. Those times when the things we shouldn’t say are sometimes said.

The setting is up to you, but the most obvious would be to place yourself at a bar. For this prompt you’ll need another person to talk to, but, unless you really want to explore the setting, that is all you need. The conversation is down to you as well. It could be a discussion about your relationship, something that happened in the past or the latest political or sporting scandal.

Once you have your setting and discussion idea, let the conversation flow… and the alcohol! Your characters need to be on the wrong side of sober. They don’t need to be drunk, but they do need to be at the stage where their inhibitions have dropped. You’ll need to dig deep into your memories if you no longer drink. Or use your imagination if you’re not yet of that age, or have never drunk alcohol.

Try to bring out the false confidence that alcohol brings. The discussion at many a bar could solve all of the world’s problems if you listen closely. Unfortunately that false hope disappears in the new dawn, replaced by that headache and regret.

Fantasy and sci-fi writers can create their own brand of alcohol, but again explore how conversation is different when inhibitions drop. If you’re on a spaceship, what are the rules for alcohol? Have you been making your own in the science lab? Have fun, but don’t drink too much!

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

Just One Kiss – 30 Writing Prompts – 22

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Today’s prompt is all about the intimate. It is time for your character, to have a physical moment with another. It is time for a kiss!

The setting is, as always, pretty much yours to choose. It could be at the end of an evening out, or a chance meeting. It could be following a heated argument, or the realisation that there could be something more from two friends as they quietly sit and talk.

The main focus though is your description of the first physical contact. How does your character feel as they, or the person opposite, move forward and begin the kiss? Describe the physical sensations that pass through your body, and the feelings and thoughts that run through your mind. Does the action bring back happy, or sad, memories of pervious kisses? Is this the first kiss ever? What hopes of the future does this kiss bring?

If you are using these prompts for fantasy ideas, then who is it you are kissing? Is the kiss shared with the same ‘species’? If your character is alone, perhaps in space, then the kiss will be a remembered one. What if your spacefaring character is with others on the spaceship? Will a kiss cause problems for the other crew members?

Enjoy this prompt, and enjoy your kiss. Feel free to take the kiss further if you want. One kiss may lead to another, and another, and then… well you get the idea!

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

Play Away – 30 Writing Prompts – 21

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It’s time to play. Time to chill out and spend time playing a game with a child, or group of children. The idea behind this prompt is to think like a child. Get inside the head of young person as they play and put those thoughts on to paper, or screen.

Choose a game to play, perhaps a favourite from your own childhood. Draw on those memories as you write. What is the difference between how you remember the game and how you play it now, as an adult? Do you find it more, or less enjoyable?

Think of the child you are playing the game with? Do they stick to the rules? Do they question the rules? What is the most important part of the game for them? Do they make fun of you as you try to play? Does the game have ‘strict’ rules or is it creative? LEGO can be both: do you follow the instructions or build from imagination?

How easy do you find it to immerse yourself in the imaginative world of the child or children? Does the game bring out forgotten memories, times of innocence and happiness? Or memories of sadness?

If you are writing in a fantasy style, do you need to create a game? Can you describe the game without writing all the rules, or do you need to completely define a game? If you are stuck in space how do you play the game with a child? You could remember when you played a game or you could attempt to play it over video conference, or has 3D holographic video conferencing been invented?

Go forth and play, there should always be time for a little game here and there.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

The Dinner Party – 30 Writing Prompts – 20

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It’s time to eat, it’s dinner time. However, food isn’t the focus of this writing prompt. We’re going to explore the art of conversation, it’s time we had a talk. The dinner party is a great setting for conversations. In fact, it is a great idea for the creation of plays, stories and life itself.

The art of conversation is very much alive in today’s prompt. The dinner party itself is totally up to you. You could be having an intimate meal and chat with a partner, or friend. You could be having a fantasy discussion with your favourite characters or heroes from history. You could be on your spaceship and eating whilst you talk with the ship’s sentient computer.

Set the scene and then launch into the conversation. Speech in stories isn’t straight forward. It makes you think about accents, idioms and personalities. The back story of characters drives the things they say and how they act. Are they timid, aggressive, quiet, loud? All these traits are thought through, yet they may never be explicitly mentioned in the conversation. This makes you think a lot more about your characters.

The topic of conversation is up to you, but try to make the majority of what you write speech. (I’m currently writing a short story that is just a conversation between two people.) A conversation is a great way to explore science fiction or fantasy writing. As mentioned above you could be talking to a computer, but what about aliens, or mythical creatures? Do you need an interpreter?

Enjoy your meal and enjoy the conversation. Write the words that are normally spoken, and see where the conversation leads. Let your characters say things that you, the writer, wouldn’t normally say yourself. For once you are in charge of the conversation. Let the words flow.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

A Night Out – 30 Writing Prompts – 19

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The evening is ahead of you. You are going out. This can be to anywhere you want, perhaps an evening meal, or a rendezvous with someone special, or not so special? The choice is yours, however, first you have to get ready.

This prompt is about the practicalities of getting ready to go out for the night. What do you need to remember? What do you need to do? What are the things, or rituals, you go through before you go out? Do you shower, bath, rest, relax? Do you spend time fretting over what you will wear? How do you decide the appropriate clothes for the evening?

How do you feel about the night ahead? Are there things you would like to do before the evening is over? Are there things you don’t want to happen? Use your memory to write your words, drawing on the things you do and the emotions you have had in the past. Then put them into your creative writing.

For those creating a fantasy series, the same questions apply, but placed into the world you have created. Does your world include hot showers, hair straighteners and designer clothes? In a space fantasy, are there new inventions that make getting ready easier, or more of a burden?

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

Daydream Believer – 30 Writing Prompts – 18

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Do you daydream? Do you find yourself drifting off and thinking of something unrelated to what you’re doing? Today’s prompt is all about exploring those moments and using your imagination.

Set the scene by describing what you are doing. This can be anything, but my personal preference is to be drinking a cup of tea… I like tea! Once the scene is set, it is time to let your thoughts drift, and begin to daydream.

What comes to mind? Where do your thoughts head? Do you dream of that ideal relationship, that romance that you wish would happen? Do you think of what might have been, or what could be, if you made different decisions? Do you imagine yourself as a secret agent or some other world changing role?

If you are using these prompts in a fantasy setting, does your daydream present itself as a vision? Do you see something that you need to note, or act on? Is it a vision of impending doom or possible hope? Do you have a more lucid dream of events to come?

When it comes to daydreaming, you can write about anything. Let your imagination flow and your creative writing side flourish.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

What’s that song? – 30 Writing Prompts – 17

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Music can be close to our hearts. It touches our lives in ways other things can’t. Today’s prompt is nice and simple and allows us to explore our emotions and memories, through the inspiration of music.

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, you hear a song, a piece of music. This could be on the radio, your portable music player, or, if in a fantasy setting, a wandering minstrel, or similar. The song is random though. It isn’t one that you intended to play, or hear, so it comes as a surprise, or shock, when it is heard.

What is the song? What memories does it bring back? Are those memories linked to the first time you heard the song? Or do the lyrics of the song remind you of an event, a person, a moment from your past? Are your feelings positive or negative? Does the song remind you of happier or sadder times? Does hearing the song remind you of unfinished business or inspire you to start something new?

One skill that many writers use, especially, it seems, in fantasy settings, is to write their own songs, or poems, and bring them into their writing. Is this something you want to attempt from today’s prompt? Have fun, and let the music take you on an adventure today.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.

School run – 30 Writing Prompts – 16

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Your work day is over, but you aren’t the only one who has finished. The school day is finished as well. This is the focus of our prompt today, the school run, picking up the children.

Either you are off to the school to pick up the children, or you see children leaving school on your journey home. If you are using these prompts in a fantasy setting, then you can explore your own memories of childhood and how you felt having finished your learning for the day.

What are your feelings as you head to pick the children up? Do you look forward to seeing them again? What are your hopes for their future, as they leave the school building? If you are not picking up your own children, what are your hopes and fears for them as they grow up into the world? Do you wish that one day you were picking up your own kids?

How we relate and respond to the next generation, either our own, or in general, is a good source of inspiration for our writing. You could explore questions they have, or discuss something they have learnt that day. Have they learnt something you didn’t know, or are you able to add to their knowledge? If you are not picking up your own children, you can explore how much you learnt at school. Did you enjoy your time there, or were you glad to get out?

Using our own memories in writing is a valuable tool. Childhood memories often shape how we feel today. Sometimes writing about these events can be therapeutic as we review our memories and feelings.

Put pen to paper or finger to keyboard and write. Draw on your memories, the emotions, the sensations that you have and write. There is no minimum or maximum word count, just write and see where your creativity leads you. We’ll have another creative writing prompt to inspire and develop the writing habit tomorrow.