Are you trying to make a career as a writer but suffering from writer’s block? Here are some useful writing prompts to make you want to take up another vocation.

Weather: What is the weather doing outside your window? Why is it doing it? What is its motivation?

Voyage: You are about to go on a romantic voyage to a faraway land. Write about the experience of getting your passport photo taken.

Memory: You are an aphasic amnesiac with no memory of how to operate a computer keyboard, typewriter, pen, or pencil. Go!

Detective: Your mother has hired a private detective to find out whether you’re still flossing now that you have your own apartment. How do you feel about that?

Wishes: A genie grants you three wishes, as long as you can express each one in proper Latin hexameters. What are your wishes?

Otherworldly: You wake up in an alternate universe where everything mauve has become something more like puce. How do you keep your sanity?

Religion: You have a chance to meet God for coffee at Crazy Mocha. Make a list of complaints to bring with you.

Visitors: Space aliens show up at the gymnasium while you’re on the stair stepper. How do you explain what you’re doing before they decide the merciful thing to do would be to put you out of your misery?

Horror: You wake up in the middle of the night with the sickening realization that you have been wearing your baseball cap at a very uncool angle. What will you do when you have to go out the next morning?

Museum: You are a museum curator and you want to mount an exhibit called “A Century and a Half of Cotton Swabs.” Write the grant proposal.


  1. Daniel says:

    “… everything mauve has become something more like puce.” Wow. I can’t taupe that!

  2. tom says:

    Helpful tips, but nothing said about the detective or the murder. What kind of a book is that?

  3. John Salmon says:

    Cotton Swabs, Ahoy!

    The Sage Academic’s Cri de Coeur RE: Heteronormative Colonialist Practices Among Racially Naïve Mulatto Dentists in Antebellum New Orleans.

    A musical tragedy in three acts by Britney Spears, sung/performed by the author, to be accompanied by an installation/exhibition of dental work done without proper anesthesia.

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