The Writing Prompt Archive

I love writing prompts, so I try to put out a new one everyday. I post them to twitter some time in the morning, but in case you miss that this is where you can find them all HashTag #WPOTD


Prompt 71

“He died in the living room?”
“ironic huh?”

Prompt 70

The manual was 1000 pages long. The Standard Operating Procedures were 2000 pages long. All I want to so was start the enigne

Prompt 69

“Giver her your sword.”
“But I need it.”
“Trust me, she knows how to use it better than you do. Give it to her.”

Prompt 68

“If these walls could talk,” She said.
“Actually we can. What would you like to know.” The walls said.

Prompt 67

Access denied, Insufficient permissions.
I expect that when I’m on my computer, but on the gates to hell?

Prompt 66

“Don’t forget your shoes/”
“You’ll understand when you get there.” Her smile was almost evil.

Prompt 65

The world ended on Tuesday, but by Wednesday afternoon, we were all back at work.

Prompt 64

When the wooden things came alive, we accepted that. They were living things. When the steel things walked away we worried

Prompt 63

Riding high in his saddle, Mick knew in his heart of hearts that this time when he rode into town things were going to be better.

Prompt 62

You are deep inside the library in Alexandria. You had spend three days looking for the scrolls you came here to find, and you smell smoke.

Prompt 61

This time King Arthur pulled the wrong sword out of the ground.

Prompt 60

Your Dragon just burned down your entire subdivision and ate your Home owners Association rep when he tired to complain that pets were not allowed.

Prompt 59

John looked at Jamie and shook his head as she tossed him another bag. “Just how many bags of jelly beans do you think we are going to need on this trip?”

Prompt 58

At his sisters urging, Tom had picked up a copy of the book. She said it might help him get his personal life in order, and at this point he would take any help he could get. But, the book of the dead did seem like an odd read to him.

Prompt 57

For Oscar, that was the day that he stopped living and started dying.

Prompt 56

The Earth had birthed three space faring species, first the Elves, then the Dwarves and finally after long last the humans. The Trolls, of course, would never leave, they were the first and they planned to be the last.

Prompt 55

As the Galactic Council’s flagship ripped through spacetime to enter the solar system, it momentary created a flash of light so bright that it hid the nearby sun. Went the people of Earth recovered from their momentary blindness, what they saw looked more like a fleet than a flagship, and then the battle fleet arrived. Thousands upon thousands of ships surrounding each planet and large body. Just a handful of them would be capable of wiping out every life on Earth.

Prompt 54

Doug looked at the broken bits of metal on the ground, and spread all over the workshop, shaking his head.
“The Gremlins have started early this morning.”

Prompt 53

I no longer knew where the monster ended and I began, or if there was even a difference.

Prompt 52

The Witch stirred the pot and lifted the smells into the air with her hands. Julie braced herself for the onslaught on her olfactory senses, but instead found herself pleasantly surprised. It smelled like beef stew.

Prompt 51

You have just bought a Greek island

Prompt 50

Woohoo we made it to 50 prompts!

You are driving down the main street of the town where you grew up, far faster than is allowed, in a beat up Honda with a rotted muffler, just praying that no one steps of the sidewalk in front of you.

Prompt 49

tell a story about “Lessons learned from the last time civilization crashed,” from a future perspective looking back at our culture.

This prompt was inspired by a headline from NPR. I didn’t read or listen to the article though it is something I plan to do before the civilization crashes.

Stuck on this one? Let me give you a little perspective. I had heard stories about this when I was younger but I didn’t really understand it until I heard Dan Carlin’s Hard Core History – Thor’s Angels. Somewhere between 100 and 150 years after the Roman empire pulled out of Britain and Northern Europe stories started popping up about giants who had walked the earth. These stories were inspired by the crumbling aqueducts, roads and other structures of immense size left by the Romans, who not only took the resources and the armies with them, but also the engineering knowledge of how to build and repair these great structures. Within just a few generations the people left behind could not comprehend that these structures could have been built by mortal men because that knowledge had been totally lost to them. It would be another 400 years for that knowledge to be regained and at the expense of the so called Dark ages.

Prompt 48

Devin was having trouble concentrating. He could not shake the feeling that someone was watching him. If only he knew how right he was.

Prompt 47

Casey had never disobeyed orders, and she was not about to start. But in just this one case, maybe she could bend the rules just a little bit.

Prompt 46

Welcome to my own personal hell. I would offer you a seat but then I would have to offer you coffee and everything, and you know how well that worked out for Persephone.

Prompt 45

This is pseudo quote from “Burn Notice”
“Mike you done things, and you have reasons. They are good reasons. But you do so many things, so many bad things, and then you become the bad guy.”

Starting to day I am just going to put the prompt number, no more dates. Really it does not matter what day it came out and it makes making the tags easier on me.
Prompt 44

This is a new world. There is nothing here ever touched by humans. We have the entire world to ourselves. Let’s try not to screw it up.

August 12, 2014

Because he, it, is not human. Do you really need another reason?

August 11, 2014

We knew it would only be a matter of time before we all went mad, but before then we had a job to do, and we were not let something so small as slipping into madness stop us from saving the world.

August 08, 2014

Jacob put on the coat of many colors and the dreams of the world filled his mind

August 07, 2014

“We have been a sea 16 weeks, we have not had wind in three weeks. It is time to start drawing lots.”
That is what the captain said yesterday before we killed Roger, today we made landfall.

August 06, 2014

“Of Course it is Ugly, It is a bridesmaid dress.”
“But it is not even for the right species. It does not have the right number of holes and support apparatus.”

August 05, 2014

You know the least you could do is save my life once in a while. That would be the gentlemanly thing to do.
It is not like you are not going to recover. Being immortal and all.

August 04, 2014

It was the bell bottoms, it always had been them it always would be them. Everything Evan hated about this whole star ship, the whole fleet, the whole universe could be boiled down to the fact that he hated the bell bottoms on his uniform.

August 01, 2014

Tell the origin story of your super hero

July 31, 2014

“They’ll fix me in post right?”
“That is what they tell all of us but they never do.”
“Well they will fix me, I am the premier product.”
“You keep believing that if it makes you feel better.”

July 30, 2014

The smell of melted plastic and burnt electronics was everywhere. They were making the final approach to the moon, and they were going to have to do it without the computer.

July 29, 2014

“Wise up you old fool. The captain is dead, the first mate has vanished, the cabin boy has left us, and he is not coming back with the medicine. If he is smart he is as far away from there as possible.”

July 28, 2014

You just poked and nest full of killer bees and then promptly twisted your ankle, just as they were starting to get really angry.

July 25, 2014

“Given that the airlock door is still open, I suggest that we not go out of the atmosphere.”
“Well that makes this space travel thing a lot more difficult.”

July 24, 2014

“Sure, wisdom is great, but you have to have all those life experiences, and learn so much. Who has time for all that.” Dave said as he leaned against a rock.

July 23, 2014

The Devil has just shown up at your front door. He says he has a deal for you, if you will hid him for just a couple of hours.

July 22, 2014

Sandy smiled warmly, but Bill could tell that underneath that smile, was more venom, bile and hatred then should ever be contained within a single person.

July 21, 2014

Today’s prompt comes from my friend Zack Ricks and his book Battle Hymn:

“It is important to remember that even though not even a sparrow falls without notice, sparrows do still fall.”

July 18, 2014

Your main character has just fallen in love with your villain. Head over heals in love.

Kate, you have just fallen in love, with the villain, you know that right. Everyone knows he is the villain here.”

This Prompt was inspired by @KMWeiland (Again)

July 17, 2014

“You Collapsed the sun?”
“Well Yes but it was an accident.”
“But you collapsed the sun.”

This prompt was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke. In his book 3001: The Final Odyssey he suggested that Super Nova were industrial accidents instead of Natural events.

July 16, 2014
Tell a story where it turns out, that the villain is the one who is right, and the hero has been fighting for the wrong cause, or it turns out that the hero is more of a villain than the “villain.”

July 15, 2014

The space station spun slowly, and everything looked peaceful. Still Hank felt that there was something wrong. Everything seemed to be too prefect.

Bonus writing prompt

The hard part was not sorting out the thousands of voices that came to her every moment of every day, the hard part was convincing the people who didn’t hear any voices, that she was hearing them.

July 14, 2014

He had never killed anything before, but the rooster was now dead.

July 13, 2014

Two polar bears just entered your home, and you have only three fish sticks in the freezer.

July 12, 2014

When you said bronto-byte I thought you meant the new computer buzzword. Not a bite from a brontosaurus.

July 11, 2014

As the speaker droned on more and more smart phones came out, and everyone was ok with it until someone yelled bingo.

July 10, 2014

The Windshield had been cracked, and we were lucky that was all that had happened. The yeti like creature laying beside the road, had not fared so well.

July 09, 2014

The Garden of Eden, once we had found it, was a nice place to visit, but I am not sure I would want to live there.

July 08, 2014

If there was a West Nowhere, the colony on Ida was three miles down a dirt road past it.

July 07, 2014

As the klaxon sounded I tried to squeeze my extra large frame into and extra small EV suit. The inventory inspection sheet lay on the floor in front of me, and I promised myself if I made it through this, I would find out whoever M. Thompson was and squeeze them into a extra small foot locker.

July 06, 2014

Charon froze, pole hovering above the water as his boat glided to the shore, as he stared at the man standing there. “You living, with your beating hearts, and your breathing lungs, you always creep me out.”

July 05, 2014

Ned came to me, empty coffee cup in hand. I knew it could not be good. Never trust a man with an empty coffee cup.

July 04, 2014

You have just found an empty coffin.

July 03, 2014

During one of the moon landings, a fender fell off the buggy. This does not sound like a problem until you realize that it is like driving through baby powder and without that fender the moon dust would get in everything. To fix the problem them tore up their flight manual, and used duct tape to make a new fender. Tell a story where you use duct tape or superglue or something like that to fix something “out of this world.”

July 02, 2014

“Cookies and milk, the salve that heals all wounds.” She said as she walked into brother’s room.

July 01, 2014

The artificial gravity cut out, only a second before Bob hit the floor, Unfortunately didn’t work like the movies and momentum carried him into the floor anyway

Jun 30, 2014

The box even said live animal right on it, How it had gotten past security Ginger didn’t have a clue

Jun 29, 2014

It was arguably they first time in history that man had set foot on another planet. Of course there were those who still lauded the moon landing, but that couldn’t really be called another planet. It was a moon for crying out loud. Now Mars, that was a real planet.

Jun 28, 2014

The three men walled into the bar like the owned the place, and out again less than an hour later, like beggars

Jun 27, 2014

“I don’t have any more money James, you spent it all on breakfast with the queen.” Roger said as they got into the taxi

Jun 26, 2014

The king stared at you with a look that explained just how many years you were going to rot in prison and walked away

Jun 25, 2014

An alien craft sets down in your backyard with a broken landing leg and tips over smashing your new grill.

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