Writing Prompts To Get You Out of a Writing Slump

Every great writer faces a creative block every once in a while. Find yourself in a writing slump? Check out these writing prompts for every genre! Then, head to our create page and start your own story.

Writing Prompt: Thriller

Her eyes scanned the abandoned foyer. Suddenly it all started coming back in flashes. The duffel bag, the broken glass, the hooded figure walking away into the darkness . . .

 

Writing Prompt: Romance

It was over. She was caught in the abyss of his gaze and, for a moment, thought she may never escape.

 

Writing Prompt: Sci-fi

Sitting on the hard plastic chairs of the city bus, headphones blaring, he felt a sharp prick at the nape of his neck.

 

Writing Prompt: Fantasy

Her heart pounded. She could barely make out the faint shadow of the princess, kneeling before the guards whose swords were drawn.

 

Writing Prompt: Coming-of-age

How many summers had he passed by the same run-down ice cream shop, where time seemed to slow to a halt?

 

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