Do you find yourself struggling with writing? Is finding inspiration difficult, or do you perhaps feel out of practice? Maybe you want to get some words on a page, but have no idea where to start?
Well, whether or not you find yourself struggling with writing, writing prompts are a beautiful concept that can benefit all writers. It doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced writer or are just beginning—writing prompts are a great exercise for those who want to “warm up” their writing, get their creative flow going, or simply just practice.
At the bottom of this blog post, you will find 90 writing prompts to use over the next 90 days!
Writing prompts are suggestions for writers, and can all be very different depending on the prompt itself. Not only do creative writing prompts, story writing prompts, poetry prompts, and even essay prompts exist, but they can come in the form of anything, such as a phrase or simply a word or two.
The greatest thing about using writing prompts is that there is no pressure to create something fantastic, unique, or even good. Writing prompts are just starting points.
The 90 writing prompts at the bottom of this blog post are perfect examples of this: simple starting points that are perfectly unique, allowing you to create something awesome with ease. Perhaps you’ll create a novel with one, or your new favourite poem.
At the end of the day, writing prompts can also just be used as writing exercises that inevitably end up forgotten. Regardless, they are meant to let creativity flow and to provide inspiration for all writers: and the free Writer’s Weekly Planner you can find here is a great way to stay on track with all your writing exercises!
The beauty of writing prompts is that there’s no wrong way to use them. As previously mentioned, they are simply starting points. You can interpret them in whichever way you want, and take whichever creative liberties you choose.
When you look at a writing prompt, it will usually tell you what to write about or give you some words to use as inspiration. With that, you can take it in whichever direction you wish. Sometimes prompts will specify the kind of writing—for example poetry, fiction, or essay—but at the end of the day, the fact that you’re getting in some writing exercise is what matters.
You can create whatever you want when you use writing prompts. A prompt that is just a simple object, can influence you to create an entire world. That’s the beauty of writing prompts! They are the line from Point A to Point B. They are whatever you want them to be.
And the key to using writing prompts is exactly that: knowing there are no guidelines that you have to follow. You can create the best thing you’ve ever written, or the complete opposite.
Simply read a writing prompt, and go in whichever direction you wish to go. Does a prompt about a purple butterfly make you think of a magical world, or does it make you think of the beauty of nature? Perhaps it makes you think of something completely different.
Whatever a writing prompt makes you think of, just follow that and see where you end up. At the end of the day, you’ll have at the very least gotten in some writing practice.
Writing prompts are amazing because literally anybody can use them. Beginners, experienced writers, or even someone who wants to get into writing but just doesn’t know where to start. No matter who you are, you can and you should use writing prompts!
For the more experienced writer, writing prompts can be great writing exercises or warm-ups. Some prompts, depending on the individual writer, may prove to be more difficult than others. This makes using writing prompts a great way to get some practice or to face a fun challenge.
Fine-tuning your writing skills doesn’t have to be boring or technical either—just choose a writing prompt you wouldn’t typically choose and see where it takes you.
For those who are just starting out in their writing journey, writing prompts can be amazing in a variety of ways. They can be used to discover your writing style, or to brainstorm ideas for a novel or story. For beginners, the fact that there’s no rules to using writing prompts is what makes them so great.
You can just practice and practice as much as you want—and hey, maybe one of them will turn into something that you’re super proud of, or inspire a plot or character in a future novel!
Regardless of how experienced you are with writing, or if you’ve never really been into writing at all, writing prompts are a great thing for writers to use when they want to create something new, when they feel uninspired, or simply when they want to use them for the sake of writing something.
It’s important that you find good writing prompts, though! Prompts that are boring or that don’t give writers proper creative framework are not worth their time. Writing prompts that are unique and allow creativity to flourish are the ideal ones to go with.
The following is a list of 90 writing prompts for you to use over the next 90 days. Whether or not you want to do them in order or at random is up to you, but try to follow one writing prompt every day!
There are creative writing prompts, poetry prompts, non-fiction prompts, and more! This unique list will take you and the other writers who complete it on a journey of creativity and inspiration.
At the end of the 90 days, you’ll have 90 pieces of writing that you can use for whatever you want: and to keep track of these 90 days, as well as your other writing activities, you can download a free Writer’s Weekly Planner here! Happy writing!
Below I’ve listed some places you can go to find even MORE writing prompts when you have tried all of the above. But first a word of warning…
Sometimes when we work with prompts, our resistance will rise. We’ll look at a writing prompt and think “No, not that one…” and then go looking for a “better” prompt, or dare I say it – the PERFECT writing prompt. And of course, there’s no such thing.
Too many writers spend their time “prompt shopping” instead of getting down to the business of writing. Don’t let this happen to you!
When working with writing prompts, I recommend a method I call 1-2-WRITE. It works like this:
As you sit to write, you’ll find that something comes. But you must start to write first.
On Day 91, here are some further places you can go to pick up some additional writing prompts:
The Narrative Arc site has a Daily Prompt Generator. They’re a mixed bag, with some lending themselves naturally to reflective essays or memoir, and some with potential for fiction or poetry.
The New York Times has published a few lists of prompts intended for students writing essays. But some of them are good prompts for adult writers as well.
My friend Sarah Selecky is a short story master. She has a set of writing prompts delivered to you via email over 21 Days for just $5. You can access her 21 Days of Writing here.