28 more awesome writing prompts

  1. Aliens live in the ocean and have agreed a peace treaty with the humans. Write the peace treaty.
  2. Your character is stranded on an island without deodorant.
  3. Write 200 words that include the following words: ship; hat; treasure; tea.
  4. Dead cowboys break into an off-licence and start a poker game.
  5. Write from the point of view of a surgeon’s scalpel.
  6. List 30 things you can do better in pyjamas.
  7. Handsome is as handsome does. Write about what, exactly, handsome does.
  8. What if everyone kept their heart at home – in a box?
  9. Castles are built only in sand.
  10. Write a story about a lock pick.
  11. Examine an object in the room. Close your eyes for 3 minutes and think about something else. Then write about the object without looking at it.
  12. Ignorance is not bliss. Your character finds out the hard way.
  13. Write from the point of view of the worm that gets up early.
  14. Laughter can cure disease.
  15. Write 200 words that include the following words: samurai; storm; chicken; death.
  16. Keep your powder dry – for what?
  17. Your character meets a genie who grants them 3 wishes. None of the wishes turn out well.
  18. Rewrite a Disney movie so the villain wins.
  19. A sous-chef starts a war with a local chain restaurant.
  20. Write 500 words around the Japanese proverb ‘the relationship of dogs and monkeys’.
  21. A duck enters the story carrying a leek on its back. Cook one.
  22. Write from the point of view of a taxi.
  23. Your character tries to put a bell around a cat’s neck.
  24. Giant crickets live in the Sahara. They can only be defeated by dissection.
  25. Write from the point of view of an antique wooden table that cannot spell.
  26. The Roman Empire never ended. Write 200 words about one of its soldiers in the 21st century.
  27. The sun will turn supernova in 3 days.
  28. Write 500 words that include a hairdressing competition.

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