Five Writing Prompts for Generating Story Ideas – Day 3

Writing Prompts - Day 3 - thewritersmentor.comHello! Were you able to generate a short story based on yesterday’s writing prompts? I hope you reserved time for yourself to write for fifteen minutes. Or, maybe you dictated your story?

What I have for you today are five more writing prompts. Let’s get started!

Five Writing Prompts for Generating Story Ideas – Day 3

  1. Think about the possibility of you waking up one morning and looking at your clenched hand. You open your hand and inside is a key. What? How did it get there? But more importantly, what does that key unlock? Write your story about this moment.
  2. Imagine that you open your eyes and you’re inside of an emergency aid car headed to the hospital. What are your thoughts? Tell us.
  3. Describe your reaction when you look at a lottery ticket and realize that you’ve matched all numbers and you are insanely rich.
  4. Imagine that you are awakened at 3 o’clock in the morning. You hear glass being shattered on what you think is a window in the next room where you live. What is your reaction and what would you do? Write it down as fast as you can, believing that this moment is really happening to you.
  5. If you were allowed to have one “do-over” in your life, what would it be? Describe it in the most emotional and heart-felt way that someone reading it would want to do the same thing in his/her life.

I’m going to ask you this before ending this post today…

Looking at the 15 writing prompts presented to you in the past three days, which writing prompt got you the most excited to write something? Come on…share. Please? We’d like to know.

Five Writing Prompts for Generating Story Ideas – Day 2

Hello! Were you able to generate a short story based on yesterday’s writing prompts? I hope you reserved the time for yourself to just type for fifteen minutes. Or, maybe you dictated your story?

What I have for you today are five more writing prompts. Let’s get started!Day 2 Writing prompts

Five Writing Prompts – Day 2

  1. How old were you, or at what stage of your life were you in when you realized you were an adult? Write about this for five minutes.
  2. Think about an important decision you made five years ago. Write your thoughts about what would have happened if you would not have made that decision.
  3. Think about what the word Christmas means to you. Write about it and explain your feelings and how that day impacts your life…or not.
  4. Did you ever say “no” to someone who asked you out on a date and years later you wondered what would have changed in your life if you had said yes? Explain why you said no.
  5. With the following three words, create a little story, using the first word as the sentence starter, and then use the next two words in the next paragraph: sunshine, lake, bee.

Get ready for tomorrow, because I’ll have five more writing prompts for you. Leave a comment describing if this process is helping you to write for a short spurt of time.


Five Writing Prompts for Generating Story Ideas – Day 1

Writing prompts are powerful short snippets of ideas, which are designed to get your mind motivated to create a short story while helping you flex your writing muscles. Maybe you’re having a horrible time of thinking up story ideas. And stories are not limited to children’s literature or adult fiction. Even when you’re sitting down to write a nonfiction book, a business book, or you’re creating the introduction to a cookbook, you need words to start the typed conversation with your reader.Writing prompts are ideas that become story starters

Clever Story Starters = Writing Prompts

Some authors have such creative imaginations that they have a journal filled with topics they want to write about. While others know they have a story to tell, but they keep staring at the blank screen and the flashing cursor wondering why they’re sitting there waiting for the light bulb to flash an idea over their heads.

The goal of writing prompts is to get you into the mindset of writing every day, even if it’s just for fifteen minutes. If you’re not a fast typist, or you aren’t good with putting pencil to paper, you might have to push the record button on your phone and speak your text, based on the writing prompt that you’ve chosen. Then later, you can transcribe those words into a document.

You will probably hear me saying this a lot:

If you can talk, you can write. <Candace Sinclair>

Five Benefits of Using Writing Prompts

Until you’re a firm believer of using writing prompts, I’ve created five benefits or reasons why I feel writing prompts will get you out of the trapped feeling of thinking you can’t write. Here’s my list of five benefits:

  1. Writing prompts stop you from becoming discouraged when you think you have nothing to write about.
  2. Writing prompts kick-start your writing muse.
  3. Writing prompts enable you to generate a short story based on just an idea that stimulates your imagination.
  4. Writing prompts are fun, because you don’t have to come up with the initial idea.
  5. Writing prompts can help you generate a story that you didn’t think you could write about, which helps to squash out that fear monster who used to hang around your writing room.

Here are Today’s Five Writing Prompts

Today is Day 1 of providing you with five writing prompts. Review each writing prompt to see which challenge speaks to you and gets you motivated enough to write. Then open up a new page in your word processing program, copy and paste the title of the writing prompt, and then start writing.

The goal is to get as many words on the page as you can without having the editing part of your brain trying to take control. Ready?

  1. Write about one person’s obsession with collecting something.
  2. Write about a person you met who you could easily see being diagnosed as insane and describe what s/he did in one moment of craziness.
  3. Imagine you’re standing outside in the rain and it suddenly feels sticky. What would you do and how would you react?
  4. Cut out a picture in a magazine of a man or a woman. Hang the paper on your wall. Look at it, and write a short story about what you think that person did that day when s/he first woke up.
  5. Think of someone in your life that you really like. Write one paragraph that describes all the things you like about that person and how each characteristic or quality makes you feel.

Stay tuned. Tomorrow I will have five more writing prompts waiting for you.