Category: daily writing prompts

prompt 1072

Your book is about a maritime museum curator who thinks the salvaged shipwreck of a pirate ship from the late 1600s is haunted. Write three versions of a great first sentence for the novel.

prompt 1071

Write a story about a homeless man who carries three small pots with him, each containing a sapling.

prompt 1070

To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most. 

                                                             ― Michel de Montaigne

prompt 1069

I awoke to the sound of shattering glass.

prompt 1068

If your character were an animal, what animal would they be? Write a list of traits and how the character expresses them through actions. If you don’t have a character right now, invent one based on an animal and do a character sketch based on that.

prompt 1067

Write a dialogue in which one character has done something that has betrayed the trust of the other character. The wronged character knows about the betrayal, but the betrayer doesn’t know they know. Challenge: don’t mention the actual betrayal. Have the exchange be about something else.

prompt 1066

Write an origin story for an unusual creature. Use the five senses in your description of its coming into being.

prompt 1065

There’s always a siren, singing you to shipwreck. Some of us may be more susceptible than others are, but there’s always a siren. It may be with us all our lives, or it may be many years or decades before we find it or it finds us. But when it does find us, if we’re lucky we’re Odysseus tied up to the ship’s mast, hearing the song with perfect clarity, but ferried to safety by a crew whose ears have been plugged with beeswax. If we’re not at all lucky, we’re another sort of sailor stepping off the deck to drown in the sea. 

                                          ― Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Drowning Girl

prompt 1064

There are those who, when you tell them your heart’s desire, will do everything in their power to make sure you don’t get it.

prompt 1063

You sit down for a cup of coffee with your grandma and she spins out an amazing tale. Write the scene.