Writing Prompts to Inspire You

Write a short story where the protagonist has a doppelgänger.

Thriller

Write a short story about a professional hypnotizer.

Comedy

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Write a short dark comedy in which a long-unsolved mystery is finally cracked.

Mystery

Write a short story with an unreliable narrator that readers can never quite trust.

General

Write a short story in which the main “character” is the setting: a house.

General

After paying for your coffee, you dropped some pocket change into the coffee shop’s “tip jar.” You had no idea this small act would change someone’s life.

Drama

“Find a penny, pick it up. All day long, you’ll have good luck.” You thought of the old adage as you spotted a penny on the ground, picked it up, and put it in your pocket. You hoped the luck part was true.

Drama

“It was just here!” you shouted, frantically searching your pockets for the missing thing.

Comedy

Your fingers tensed around the object in your pocket, ready to pull it out at a moment’s notice.

Thriller

While cleaning out your attic, you reach into the pocket of a long-forgotten coat and discover an old ticket stub.

Drama

Write a story about someone who would be described, above all else, as: determined.

General

Write a story about someone who would be described, above all else, as: honest.

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Write a story about someone who would be described, above all else, as: kind.

General

Write a story about someone who would be described, above all else, as: intelligent.

General

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