15 Writing Prompts

During March and April I was the Emerging Writer in Residence for Stay At Home Fest. As part of that I shared daily writing prompts on Twitter. I thought I’d post them here in one place in case they can spark some inspiration for anyone! They were fun to do, so may post some more on this blog occasionally. Full thread here.

Happy writing!

You’ve inherited a book from a distant relative. Written inside are the words ‘don’t open’ accompanied by a key…

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A linguist specialist is making first contact with an alien that can only communicate in Haikus.

The first tree on Mars grows only by being fed stories.


Loki employs your help to trick Thor into leaving Asgard in pursuit of an artefact. (Prompt for Mythology Monday)

“Haunted house tour tickets: no returns”

For #FolkloreThursday write a short story based on the below picture.

Image credit: Edvard Munch (1898)

Continue the story… “We were supposed to be the first to set foot here.”

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You see your own face in a crowd. As they get closer you see that they’re holding a countdown timer.

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Imagine you’re an AI programmed to catch bad dreams. What happens? (This prompted my own short story for the residency here.)

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“The Teleportation Station is sorry to announce a delay from Platform Two.”

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Write a short story from the point of view of an object or pet in your home.

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Write a story from the point of view of a bad omen…a black cat, a magpie, whatever you can think of!

You find an artefact that can transport you to wherever you want – but everything comes at a cost…

Write a short story based on the image below.

While taking part in the first Easter egg hunt on Mars, you come across one that’s moving. (This was an extra prompt for Easter!)

Hope these have provided some inspiration! If they end up prompting stories that you submit/share in future please do let me know via here or on Twitter and I’ll be sure to share!

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