Stuck For Writing Ideas? Try These

By on January 25, 2017
Stuck For Writing Ideas? Try These - Writer's

While some writers believe in writer's block and some do not, however, it’s fair to say that there are times in most writers lives where they feel a little stuck for ideas. This happens to the best of us; it doesn’t mean that suddenly you have lost all your creativity and imagination, you just need something fresh, something to kickstart your writing once more.

So if you are feeling stumped for new writing ideas what you can do about it? Here are some starter story ideas to help you get going.
1. You have been granted three wishes - what are they and where do they lead you?

2. You are on a road trip (it could just be you, or you and friends) you pick up a hitchhiker - tell a story about what happens next.

3. Write a letter to your younger self. What would you tell yourself if you knew what you know now? What would you do differently, what would you warn yourself about?

4. Write a letter to your older self. Write a letter to future you. What are your hopes and dreams for yourself?

5. Pick and animal, any animal, now write a story about how that animal took over the world.

6. If children were in charge, what would the world be like?

7. Get a dictionary, open it at random and pick ten words. Use all these words in your story.

8. The worst fight you have ever had.

9. The happiest day of your life.

10. The closest you have ever been to death.

11. You wake up one morning, open your curtains and find the sun hasn’t come up - write about living in a world where the sun never shines.

12. Write about your biggest fear.

13. Go to an art gallery, pick a painting that inspires you and write a story about it.

14. Rewrite fairytales from the perspectives of other characters in the story - red riding hood from the viewpoint of the wolf and so on.

15. You walk through your front door, and your whole house has been trashed - something is missing, what is it?

16. You walk through your door, and your house is completely different, the decor and furniture aren't yours, no one else is home, what do you do?

17. Get on a bus or train and eavesdrop on other people’s conversations, write a story about what you hear.

18. You walk past a telephone box; it starts to ring - who is on the other end of the line?

19. Read your local newspaper, pick a funny, serious, shocking or obscure story and write about how it came to be.

20. Someone steals your identity. You try to get people to see it is you, but when you look in the mirror, you don’t look like yourself anymore.

You may love these creative writing prompts; you may hate them. However, it’s easy to make up some of your own, and once you get into the swing of it, you’ll find you can come up with lots of ideas to get you inspired. Then all you’ve got to do is sit down and write!

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

Bethany Cadman -author of 'Doctor Vanilla's Sunflowers'

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  1. Kathy

    March 1, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I like these ideas for a launch pad for new writing material. The one about going to an art gallery and finding a picture that calls to me sounds like a great way to start a story and find words to frame a story about the inspiration that produced this work of art. I have finished my novel and doing the first draft has been tiresome. A change of direction and a new story might do the trick to get my creative juices flowing. Thanks for all these different scenarios to jump start my writing.

  2. john Stapleton

    January 5, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Perfect, that is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you

  3. john Stapleton

    January 5, 2019 at 1:57 am

    hehe I didn’t end up using any of the above but I have created a chapter outline and have 6 characters. it’s comming together remakably fast

  4. Ano

    May 17, 2019 at 7:24 am

    What do you think about Story Cubes? It might help too? (Short stories are my ‘thing’.)

    • Bethany Cadman

      June 20, 2019 at 4:52 am

      I have story cubes – they can be quite useful – good point!

  5. Marcus Ford

    July 17, 2019 at 1:37 am

    You can also get story ideas from newspaper and social media. People post various status and pictures telling a whole new story of their life which can be a good plot for a writer to write a unique piece!

  6. Mark

    November 13, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    I often find, observing nature around you, can give you some good insights into what you can write on. Not specifically nature per se, but the ideas and ideals behind its working.

    Besides that, I also join relevant social media groups and check what topics people are discussing.

    These 2 work best for me.

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