Jul 18, 2014

66 Writing Prompts a Day Keep the Doctor Away

What’s the least you can expect of a writing prompt? That it will fire your imagination. That it will stretch your mind somehow — a writing prompt should get your gears turning, your pistons firing… It should be at least as inspirational as the smell of that cherry pie that you just took out of the oven.

Pie explodes when hit by a marble traveling at high speed.
Photo by Alan Sailer.

So when I see people offering writing prompts that clearly took them zero effort, I lean back in my chair and ask myself, am I working too hard? and the answer is, Yes, I am.

And you know what, it doesn’t matter. Dedication is key. Coming up with story prompts deserves no less effort than baking cornbread or mixing a vodka martini, yet I see people slapping a caption on a picture, adding a couple of Twitter hashtags, like #creativity (barf), and calling it a day.



Am I angry? Am I pissed off? Hell yeah, I’m angry and pissed off. Others may rant about the new Fantastic Four movie ruining their childhood because they decided to cast an African-American as Johnny Storm, or because the new Thor is a woman while the old Thor gets to wield a hammer called “Iron Bear.” (Yeah, that’s what järnbjörn means.) I have other concerns. To those people I say, your childhood gets ruined way too easily and frequently.

Iron Bear, eh.

But the best way to get my point across w/r/t the lousy, ineffectual word salads that pass for writing prompts on the Internet and presumably elsewhere, is to fight fire with fire. Therefore, let me show you how you can just pump out any number of story prompts when you don’t give two shits about making them good. Are you ready?


1

Now.

2.

A rock.

3.

Nothing.

4.

Too.

5.

Seventeen.

6.

Huh?

7.

Cosplay.

8.

What —

9.

Six.

10.

For.

11.

Verb.

12.

Blank.

13.

Much.

14.

Do you even

15.

Moth.

16.

Scientist.

18.

Metamorphosis.

19.

Glib?

17.

Percussion.

18.

Oink.

19.

Sauerkraut.

20.

Bananas.

21.

Badge.

22.

Two glasses.

23.

Five elephants.

24.

Twenty-four.

25.

How!

26.

I stubbed my toe.

27.

Hooray

28.

Time.

29.

Chastity.

30.

Numbers.

31.

Obsess.

32.

Saints Row III.

33.

Architect.

34.

Rules were made to be broken.

35.

Not yet.

36.

Dig.

37.

Water.

38.

Also water, but different water this time.

39.

Also water, but not like the water from #38.

40.

Also water, but not like the water from #39.

41.

Funnel.

42.

Chocolate.

43.

Punctuation.

44.

Water, water everywhere.

45.

Iron Maiden.

46.

Arbutus.

47.

And not a drop to drink.

48.

Fichu.

49.

Bingham.

50.

Et in Arcadia Ego.

51.

More water.

52.

Thirsty.

53.

Prolegomena.

54.

Bonjour.

55.

Ghost Rider.

56.

Simpleton.

57.

Brood mare.

58.

Write about a—

59.

Preposition.

60.

Troilus and Cressida.

61.

Sambuca.

62.

Dash.

63.

Where.

64.

Shite.

65.

Lollygagging.

66.

Over there.

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