Here’s a quick and dirty list of free prompts sites/pages that will hopefully spark a truckload of creative writing:
- 100 word story gives you a monthly photo prompt and provision for you to attach your 100-word story in the page comments.
- Riding Light delivers a monthly writing prompt 300-word stories. Take part in this one, and you may be fortunate enough to see your efforts in print.
- The Sun magazine features prompts each issue–and also publishes responses in future issues, in a segment called ‘Readers Write’.
- Language is a Virus has its own prompt generator! I can’t vouch for its awesomeness above that, but there is something about a random-anything generator that has me mesmerised.
- 150 Amazing Writing Prompts Pictures features 146 off-kilter and often misadventurous images to use as writing prompts. Think ekphrasis. Be prepared for weird.
- Poets & Writers has a writing prompts page that is split into non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. I like to think you might be able to add some spice by taking on a non-fiction prompt for poetry, or a poetry prompt for fiction.
- Writing Prompts is a tumblr that does what it says on the packet.
- A possible ditto for this one–Writing Prompts That Don’t Suck–but I haven’t road-tested them to make sure they truly do not suck.
- Have a new writing prompt sail into your Inbox each day with Sarah Selecky’s 10-minute writing prompts. This looks like a wonderful way to kickstart a daily writing practice.
- Daily Writing Tips gives examples of prompts and recommendations for prompts sites, all of which I have strategically left off this list–so your list of ten sites is actually 19 sites long! Cool, eh? It’s like a free gift. The proverbial set of steak knives. A ‘buy ten, get nine free’ scenario, except that you didn’t have to spend any dollars to start with. Any way you look at it, you’re ahead.
Be bountiful and enjoy,