Greetings, fellow writers. This month, I wanted to challenge you a little. I recently found a book in the back to school section of the store called “500 Writing Prompts.” It contains lined pages and on each page, there is a question or prompt to get your creative side working. It’s thought-provoking and fun, so I thought I’d share some of them with my friends here. It’s also good for a party game, or potential questions for those bloggers who do author interviews.
Have fun—and no, I won’t share my answers. I’m interested in seeing how you respond to some of these.
1 – While at the beach you decide to write a message in a bottle. What would it say? Who would you like to find it?
2 – Name the top ten things on your bucket list.
3 – If you wrote a song about your love life, what would the title be? Write the first verse.
4 – Write ten original thoughts that would be stuffed inside fortune cookies for strangers to read.
5 – What one rule from your childhood do you not agree with now that you’re an adult?
6 – An alien has just abducted you. Give three reasons why it would return you to Earth.
7 – Name a fictional character or monster you would love to have as a friend. Why do you think they would be a good friend to you?
8 – If you found yourself in Oz, what would you do different than Dorothy?
9 – Finish this sentence: “I would love to jump into a pile of…”
10 – If you knew it would be published, name someone (alive or dead) whose biography you would love to write. You would have full access to their life.
11 – You’re running for President of the United States. What thing(s) from your past could your opposition use against you?
12 – What do you consider to be boring?
13 – Write a nursery rhyme featuring an apple tree.
14 – Describe your perfect romantic date (scene, setting, and person).
15 – Do you think with your heart or your head? How has this helped or hurt you?
16 – If love could talk, what would it say?
17 – Write three original fitness-related motivational quotes.
18 – Is there a novel you wish you had written? What do you love most about it?
19 – Have you ever wished upon a star? What did you wish for?
20 – Do you have any fetishes? If so, what are they?
21 – Write a short book in the style of Dr. Seuss.
22 – Name three positives and three negatives of social media. Do you think it’s a fad or the way of the future?
23 – Come up with five catchy names or phrases for “bathroom.”
24 – You are a children’s book writer. Write the first few lines of your new book.
25 – Write ten new sayings for Confucius that he has not said.
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Tim Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author whose books range from romantic mystery/thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.