Writing Prompts

A neuroscientist finds data stored in human DNA. When deciphered, it appears to be a file named README.txt

A serial killer becomes a licensed psychologist and kills his victims by slowly getting them to consider suicide.

Your antagonist and protagonist wake up in an abandoned warehouse with no memory of who they are or how they got there.

Write a scene that starts with: “I haven’t told anyone this before, but I’m going to tell you now.”

No words could describe the devastation laid out before them.

Every human being is born with a birthmark signifying a great deed they are fated do in their lived. Your first child has just been born with the mark of a murderer across her face

Write a scene that involves the contents of someone’s backpack or purse

At the beginning of mankind, there were only zombies. They began to evolve and have a human apocalypse.

Write a list titled, “Things that appear to give off light.”

Write about a character who is burning, one by one, the photographs of a family album. Why are they doing this? What does their expression say that they would never speak out loud?

Write for ten minutes with your eyes closed. Start with the words, “I forget.”

Write a scene from the point of view of someone who cannot see

If you’re reading this, you’ve been in a coma for almost 20 years now, we’re trying a new technique. We don’t know where this message will end up in your dream, but we hope we’re getting through. Please wake up! We miss you.

Describe what it feels like to hold your breath for too long. Don’t use cliches – describe it like you’ve never heard before.

She no longer believed in fairies.