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  • Writer's pictureKaecey McCormick

5 Great Sources for Your Next Writing Prompt

I love writing prompts. This isn't a surprise since I also love sharing prompts I come up with on my Facebook and Instagram accounts, and I do it every Wednesday (follow me to get these!).

Here's an example:

I use a writing prompt almost every day in my writing practice, and I think about it as writing drill before I head over to my work-in-progress (WIP). I suppose it's similar to the way athletes perform sports drills before getting into the game.

Sometimes what emerges from a prompt turns into a longer piece, as if it had been there all along and just needed a little push to step over my mind's edge and drop onto the page.

Most of the time, however, it stays a practice piece, locked away in my notebook - though I do read over them from time to time and "borrow" things to use in my WIP.

I've also used prompts while writing my WIPs when I get stuck, feel bored, or am deciding between two or more possible directions.

Because I've been writing with prompts for years, I frequently get asked, "But where do you get all these prompts from?"

This question used to stump me because for me, prompts are everywhere. Anything can be a prompt. Old photographs, words from a book I'm reading, something from my journal yesterday, objects on my desks, text messages, social media posts... Literally anything can serve as a prompt.

But not everyone enjoys choosing a prompt or having such a vague prompt. I don't always like it either. Especially when I'm using a prompt because I feel stuck or the muse is sleeping that day.

At those times, I want one handed to me or one with a little more "meat" on the bones to help me get started.

That's when I go online. You can find genre-specific prompt sites, prompts for kids, prompts for adults, prompts for poetry, photo prompts, prompt generators ... you name, Google will find it.


From my prompt-related searches, I've found many sites with interesting prompts or prompt generators. I thought I'd share some along with a screenshot of what to expect when you get there.

Here, in no particular order, are five sites with writing prompts I've especially enjoyed:

This first prompt site is relatively new to me, but I love it already. The prompt consists of a character, situation, prop, and photo of a setting. Use these elements to start writing! When you land on the page, a set or elements is already there, but I find I like to click shuffle until something resonates.


I **LOVE** this page because it combines visual art with a writing prompt. Heaven! Each prompt has a picture of a painting or other piece of art, an explanation, and a prompt. I've used just the picture, just the prompt, or a bit from the explanation to get going with my writing.


Each week, the folks at Reedsy post a new prompt. You can scroll in reverse chronologic order or select a genre and get prompts relevant to it. If you create a Reedsy prompt account, you can submit your writing for a chance to win $50 and publication on their website and newsletter. I've never done this, but it might be fun!


4. 400+ Creative Writing Prompts to Find Your Next (Best) Book Idea from Self-Publishing School Like the name says, this page houses over four-hundred writing prompts so you always have something to write about. They're sorted by genre and include nonfiction prompts as well as prompts from Reddit. You can skip to a genre or scroll down and "shop" for a prompt that resonates. For each genre, the page also includes a "how-to" section on writing in that specific genre. For example, under Romance Prompts, the page includes tips in bullet point format and a video on how to write a healthy romance.


5. Writing Prompt Generator from ServiceScape A super cool prompt generator I've used for story and poem ideas that lets you search for a prompt by keyword (and sort results by genre, either SciFi or Romance) OR choose a theme by genre(s) and receive a number of related writing prompts. Some of the prompts are short - a sentence or two. Some are lengthy situations with background information. All are great fuel for the creative fires.

I hope you find these sites useful in your search for your next best writing prompt!

I know I've enjoyed them and plan to keep using them in my writing practice.

Until next time, happy creating!


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