201 Writing Prompts / Writing Prompts and More–

201 Writing Prompts

201 Writing Prompts: Writing Starters to Spark Creativity and End Writer’s Block.

All writers have those days when inspiration just seems to fly out the window–when the blank screen becomes a sadly accurate reflection of the sorry state of your imagination and you start your fourth game of FreeCell in ten minutes. Or you have a day when the current writing project just sits there like an ugly pile of February slush–all memories of the lovely white snow it started out as are gone, and all it’s good for is creeping in that one small hole in your boots and making your life miserable, wet and cold.

Some people call this writer’s block. I call it a temporary pause in the creative process–I call it a lot of other things, too, but I’d have to change the rating on this book if I printed them.

The writing prompts in this book are for those days.

But they’re also for the days when you just want to play with words. They’re for those times when you need to clear your brain of the messiness of your day and warm up before tackling the project that means so much to you. They can serve as prompts for your daily writing journal, too. Trust me, if you break them down into their individual components, you’ll have enough to last a year! Maybe you could share one with your writers’ group one night and enjoy the completely different stories that emerge from the same prompt.

How you use the prompts is up to you, but I encourage you to use them for whatever purpose works for wherever your writing is right now.

Click here to buy the PDF and other editions and here to buy the Kindle version. The cover of some editions is different from the one shown—I’m still working on it, but the content is the same!

writing prompts and moreWriting Prompts and More–Ways to Spark Your Creativity and End Writer’s Block contains 100 new writing prompts, plus chapters offering other ways to find the stories you want to write. Here’s a look at the table of contents:


20 Writing Prompts to Get the Ball Rolling

Sleep is a Writer’s Best Friend

  • Sleep
  • Dreams

Inspiration in Post Cards

20 More Writing Prompts

A Little Self-Reflection

  • What are you already interested in?
  • What have you already done?
  • Where have you been?
  • What can you do?
  • What Don’t You Know?

The News

20 More Writing Prompts

Get out the Pencils, Crayons and Markers

  • Drawing and Coloring Pictures
  • Maps
  • Change Your Writing Tools

Get Moving

  • Walking and Mundane Activities
  • Go to the Library

Final 40 Prompts

Last Words

  • Any Time of the Year Resolutions

Click here to buy the PDF and other editions and here to buy the Kindle version.



18 thoughts on “201 Writing Prompts / Writing Prompts and More–

  1. Thanks, Patricia. For some reason I didn’t get a notification of your comment. Sorry to be late in replying. I hope you checked out the free prompts, too. All my best wishes for a writerly 2015.

  2. My special goal for 2015 is to finish that book I’ve promised my grandma before she went to heaven I’ll write for her. But i keep having those blocks. Your article aroused my interest and now I’ll buy your book too. Special thanks.

    • I wish you every success in reaching your goal this year. Even a page a day will mean a finished book by the end of the year. All the best!

    • Thanks for dropping by. Hope one of the free writing prompts on this site helps you find the story you want to write.

  3. I really thank you for this post. I am a young, creative writer and have had a block for a really really long time. I wrote a really twisting short story Iin January-February, but have had a pause of creativity. If you have any tips that would be amazing!!

    • Getting back in gear again can be a challenge. I suggest small steps, an idea I took from Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird. Sometimes the project seems just too big to deal with all at once, especially if you’ve pictured the whole story very clearly ahead of time. Just write one small piece at a time. Lamott uses the image of a one-inch picture frame. Just write what you can see through that small frame. If your character is going to battle with a dragon, just write the scene where she puts on her armor. Then write the next small moment and then the next. I also write scenes out of order. If I see one scene more clearly than I see the others, it write it. I can join it into the rest of the story later. Here’s a link to a post I wrote about writer’s block. It might have some tips, too: http://www.wrightingwords.com/2010/06/29/writers-block-first-aid/

  4. I’m a pre-teen and I’ve written 3 books, all with more than 200 pages. I’m in the middle of this one and I just can’t seem to get enough motivation…until reading this website. It helped me get more engaged and inspiration. Thank you for making this website.

    • Thanks for visiting my website, Katie. I’m so impressed that you have already written 3 books. Yay for you! Your kind words really made my day. I wish you every success with your writing.

  5. I love this! I was just scrolling through Pinterest and saw this! I have a kindle, and am for sure going to be buying your book. I get writers blocks all of the time!! I get that feeling where I have so many ideas it can’t just fit into one story! I am a pre-teen and have written 1 book. It’s not “amazing” but it ok! Thanks for taking your time to engage people into writing!

    • Hi! So glad that you found the link to this site on Pinterest. Hope you enjoy exploring the links and information. Yay for you for having written your first book! I know what you mean about having too many ideas at once. Jot down as many as you can, so you don’t lose them; then you can always go back and explore one a little more later. Good luck with your writing!

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