Need a writing prompt? I know you do, O creative geniuses striving to please the inspiring muse of creation! Get a prompt, grab a spare, we’ve got prompts, prompts, prompts all the way to town.
|Misha Burnett||You are driving cross country when it suddenly starts raining octopuses. What do you do?||Leigh Kimmel|
|nother Mike||She kissed a toad, hoping to get a prince, but instead, she became the toad princess…||Misha Burnett|
|Fiona Grey||The woman with the red, cat’s-eye sunglasses leaned back and blew a smoke ring. How did she manage this without smoking?||
|Becky Jones||The little tree in the small tree plot in the sidewalk right in front of your house (this is a city sidewalk tree) is putting out small pink flowers, leaves are budding and the tree is clearly ready for spring. But it’s mid-January. What’s going on?||nother Mike|
|Leigh Kimmel||Happenings in interval between preliminary sound and striking of clock— ending— “it was the tones of the clock striking three”.||Fiona Grey|
|Cedar Sanderson||You have a new camera. When you look at the photos you took that day, you see the lens captured more than you intended.||
Spare visual prompt: The cold depths of space.
|Spare Prompt||You see a stranger in your neighborhood getting out of a taxi with three heavy laundry bags. You know the nearby laundromat is closed for renovations. As you walk over to tell the stranger, you realize one of the laundry bags is moving, as if someone is struggling inside it. What do you do?|
|Spare Prompt||The last entry in the Captain’s Log read: “Tomorrow, I will test the humor of these aliens with a simple joy-buzzer handshake.” Tell us about that fateful day…|
|Spare Prompt||“Potato, potahto,” your boss sneered at you, ignoring your concerns. What’s the situation? How will he receive his comeuppance in the most epic, disastrous way possible?|
|Spare Prompt||There’s a castle with a moat. Magic is real. Everywhere you look, there are storybook fantasy details. Including the quest…|
|Spare Prompt||In this world, crocodiles and ____ are best friends.|
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Header image by Fiona Grey, King’s Garden, Ticonderoga, New York.