25 Writing Prompts

Feeling a little writer’s block – or maybe just looking to stretch your writing muscles a bit?

I was.  And so, I googled “writing prompts” and found all kinds of random stuff. And then thought, I have some good ideas for prompts…I should just come up with my own. And so, I did just that.

Some of them are silly, some of them are serious.  But they’re all better than just sitting around thinking about how you have nothing to write about. Right?!

Also, I realize this post may seem kind of random amid all the pictures of kids and donkeys and stories about Target and whatnot, but, I’m realizing that I want this blog to also address another thing I love (you know, aside from my kids and donkeys and Target) – writing.

And so, here are 25 writing prompts for your writing pleasure.
1. What is your earliest memory?
2. If you had to eat the same meal over and over again for the rest of your life, what would it be, and why?
3. What is the oldest piece of clothing in your closet that you still wear?
4. What material object do you cherish the most?
5. Tell about a lesson you learned in middle school.
6. Describe the most vivid dream you can remember.
7. Create a character ten years older than you of the opposite sex and write about their day in first person.
8. Describe an object in the room without mentioning it by name.
9. Make up a recipe.
10. Pick a controversial issue you are passionate about – and then argue the opposite stance (ooooh…I dare you).
11. Write a letter to your sixteen-year-old self.
12. Write a letter to your ten-years-older-than-you-currently-are self.
13. Start with the day of the week it currently is…and then let your stream of consciousness take it from there.
14. What is your favorite book, and why does it speak to you?
15. If you could have any skill in the world (that you currently don’t have), what would it be?
16. What was your favorite thing to imagine when you were a child?
17. Write a letter to the President.  Without mentioning politics.
18. Describe your perfect day.
19. Write a letter apologizing to someone you owe an apology to (if you don’t owe anyone an apology – make it up).
20. Why do you like to write?
21. What inspires you?
22. When do you feel your happiest and most complete?  How does it feel when you are experiencing this?
23. Describe your favorite sound.
24. What kind of work do you like best?
25. Write about the first thing that happened yesterday morning.


  1. These are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    If I wrote a letter to my 16 yr old self I’d say “Lose the banana clips!”
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  2. Hi there, I just happened upon the fresh faces from play to learn with Sarah and I am glad I saw you- I am a new blogger and I love to write so I thought it would be a good platform to start with! I am your newest follower! thanks and I like this post a bunch!

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello! :) I’m hoping to have more writing-centered posts in the future.

  3. Haha how funny that is I wrote the similar post on my blog. I have stumped on many times and it totally helps to check other blogs for ideas and such!
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  4. These are great!! I have so much trouble with writer’s block – and I love finding articles like this that I can bookmark for when my brain doesn’t feel like working:-)
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    • I know the feeling…sometimes it’s easier to just sit and stare at the computer or check Facebook AGAIN than it is to come up with something to write about.

  5. Content creation is something I struggle with because I can’t thing of things to write about. Thanks for this list!
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  6. These are awesome prompts! When I have time, I love participating in write on edge prompts, you might want to check them out too!
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  7. Awesome! Bookmarking these so I can come back when I need them!
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  8. I am always looking for writing prompts! Thanks for the great ideas! Bookmarking this page!

  9. Great topics, I am sure I will use some of these when I get writers block. Thanks for sharing.
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  10. Love the prompts! Found this posted on Pinterest. Looks like a new blog to follow!
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    • Thank you so much for stopping by! If you like to write, I’ve got some fun stuff planned starting next week…check in next Wednesday! :)

  11. This was too cute. Had to pin it

  12. Great list! Even as a writer, ‘the block’ happens all the time. I’m def bookmarking this page!

  13. Thanks so much for this. I keep putting writing aside because i don’t know what else to write about but this is a good idea. Thank you. :)

    • You’re welcome! And I hope it helps!! :)

      • 22. When do you feel You’re*. :) I know It’s a minor oversight and accept my apologies for acting like a Grammar Nazi but I thought it would look better, corrected, specifically in a blog-post on writing.

        • No apologies needed for being a Grammar Nazi around here! So honestly, I meant it more like, “at your happiest,” as opposed to, “when you are happiest,” but you totally made me read that sentence in a new light and now I am seeing it differently and not so sure of myself! Well shoot, not sure what I am going to do with it now!

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  15. Ohhh… this is so helpful. I’ve been thinking of starting to do some ‘real’ writing again (as opposed to blogging :) ) and writing prompts always prove to be invaluable.

    Thanks for linking up!
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  16. This is a super list of prompts. I’m pinning to save for when I need some imaginative topics to write about! Thank you for sharing this.
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  17. Great list Carrie! Sometimes I am amazed that when it’s time to write I often don’t have a difficult time figuring out what to write about. Still It’ s always helpful to have a list like this to pull out for those stuck times!
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  18. What a great list of prompts!
    I would love to have you hop over and share with us at Something Fabulous Wednesday!
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  19. What a great idea! I feel like my readers don’t see the personal side of my family of 7 as much as I would like. I started doing a glimpse of daily life post for Saturdays. Maybe I’ll do the writing prompts on Sunday.
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    • I love reading personal posts from bloggers…I love reading stuff I can relate to (and stuff I can’t relate to, because I think that’s interesting, too!).

  20. Very helpful! I just bookmarked it!

  21. Great post! Thanks for all the ideas! Stopping by from SITS! xo

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  22. Couldn’t help but pop by to see your post – I am an English teacher. :) Nice post. ~Kelly

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  23. Great prompts. Saved a bunch of them in drafts for future use. STopping by from sits share link up.
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  24. Great helpful hints. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again this weekend!
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  25. I always have too much to write about and never enough time!! But these look great! Thanks for linking up with the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I have pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!
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