Category: writing practice

prompt 935

Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the reader’s.

                                        –Stephen King, On Writing

prompt 934

There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they’ll take you.

                                                           –Beatrix Potter

prompt 933

Give your character a physical gesture, a “tell,” that reveals something important about them. Why do they have this particular habit? Under what circumstances are they likely to do it?

prompt 932

I shouldn’t be alone at a time like this.

prompt 931

Choose a contentious topic and write a dialogue about it between two people, one of whom only speaks in short sentences, and one of whom only speaks in long sentences.

NanoWriMo 2017

To all of you who are doing Nano this year, don’t forget to search through our archives here at daily-prompts when you get stuck. We have lots of scene ideas for you, character development prompts, and MUCH more.

May the wind be at your back!


prompt 930

Write a list of your traits. Do this quickly. Include both big things and small, such as:

Fiercely loyal

Loves chocolate


Plays by the rules

Loves to win

Then sketch out a separate character for each one. What kind of character would best embody the trait? Have fun with this one and see what happens.

prompt 929

Here are five good reasons you should stay.

prompt 928

How did you get in here?

prompt 927

People don’t go there anymore.