Let’s talk about creative writing prompts

Creative writing, for anyone unfamiliar with the premise, suggests its purpose directly within its title; it is the act of writing creatively, meaning there isn’t a right or wrong way to do it, and further, the writing itself can occur in a variety of forms. For one person, creative writing might resemble a short story, while for another, it may take the form of a poem.

I firmly believe a lot of us would significantly benefit from engaging in creative writing regardless if we consider ourselves a writer or not. Any outlet to express and explore the concept of creativity can be incredibly advantageous, and I imagine a lot of us doubt our creative potential.

In an attempt to encourage anyone who has ever considered trying creative writing to actually give it a go, I thought I would come up with some of my own creative writing prompts to inspire you. Trust me when I say that whatever first comes to mind when you read a creative writing prompt is the direction you should allow your writing to follow. Try not to overthink it.

“When I opened my eyes, it was dark.”

“‘Stop!’ he yelled. I ignored him.”

“Nothing could have prepared me for what I found when I opened the envelope.”

“This steak is phenomenal. How did you prepare it?”

“The sun carved a path through the meadow. Ahead in the distance, I spotted a looming shape.”

I’m hoping you’re realizing how arbitrary these prompts are, much like the concept of creative writing as a whole; it is arbitrary until you decide where your writing is going, and the sort of story or poem you choose to tell.

Creative writing is beneficial, enjoyable, and offers the person practicing it the utmost creative freedom. Seize the opportunity to surprise yourself and give creative writing a shot.

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