There are no rules. Write a poem. Write a short story. Write an essay. Aim for a hundred words or aim for a hundred thousand. Just start writing, and have fun.

You may choose 1, or 2 or several of the topics below. Simply write.

Creative Writing Prompts

  1. You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
  2. Write about something ugly–war, fear, hate, or cruelty–but find the beauty (silver lining) in it.
  3. The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
  4. A kid comes out of the bathroom with toilet paper dangling from his or her waistband.
  5. Write about your early memories of faith, religion, or spirituality; yours or someone else’s.
  6. There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
  7. Write a poem about a first romantic (dare I say: sexual) experience or encounter.
  8. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
  9. Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
  10. The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
  11. There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
  12. There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician…
  13. And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
  14. Write about nature. Include the following words: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard.
  15. The doctor put his hand on her arm and said gently, “You or the baby will survive. Not both. I’m sorry.”
  16. The nation is controlled by…
  17. You walk into your house and it’s completely different–furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
  18. Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
  19. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
  20. I believe that animals exist to…
  21. A twinkling eye can mean many things. Start with a twinkle in someone’s eye and see where it takes you.
  22. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?

10 thoughts on “JUST WRITE

  1. It is an anecdote. One night my sister and me were eating at McDonalds. Suddenly my sister, Lily, started laughing out loud and she couldn’t even continue eating because of it. I didn’t know what was happening, so I asked to her “What is the matter?” but she couldn’t stop laughing to talk to me and she just pointed with her finger to a woman who was coming out the bathroom, she was walking as she were Madonna in the red carpet, she was wearing a luxurious jacket and extravagant heels, but she has toilet paper in one of them! Jajajajaajaj. The woman was with some friends, but nobody told her about the toilet paper and my sister laughed for about 30 minutes more.

    I think animals are the best company a human can ever have, they are too loyal, friendly, sweet, honest and intelligent. Through my all life I have had animals, when I was a little girl and I lived in my grandomther’s house we had dogs, chickens , birds and geese, so can infer that I really love them. Today, I have two pets who are my babies Lalo y Lola, they are dogs. Lalo is a big dog, if you look at him you’ll think he is going to bite you, but if you look deep into his eyes you’ll see how sweet he is. Lola is a little dog, because she has short legs jaajaja, she is not very sweet with other people, but she is a sugar cube.

  2. December

    Carrie thought she was safe. She was trying to life her life as normal as possible but something was haunting her. More than something, it was someone. She was sitting in her bed, looking through the window, looking to nothing. Her eyes were big, her breath was slow; she was somewhere else in her mind. Then she started reminiscing about that December night. Everything started with a fight, as usual. She supposed it was going to end with an “I’m out of here” or “we’re done,” but nothing of that happened. Instead, Robin got aggressive; he had just come home from work. He never really loved Carrie; no one has ever loved Carrie. It was not the first time Robin punched Carrie, it had become the usual. She never knew other thing; she thought it was what she deserved. Once Robin got tired of punching her face, he went to their room upstairs. Carrie stood there, next to the fireplace praying to God he would end her pain. God had never answered her prays and he was not going to do it now, so Carrie decided to take action.
    She waited for about two hours before Robin went to bed, “he must be asleep.” And he was. In complete silence, Carrie took the baseball bat that was beneath the bed, “just in case,” as Robin used to say. She knew it would mean the end of her freedom, but she just could not stand it anymore. Carrie lifted the baseball bat and hit Robin’s head until her arms got numb and her vision was blurry because of the blood from the one who used to be her husband.
    Carrie managed to take the body out of the house and leave it on the road. She took the wallet out of his jeans so it would seem like a robbery. Carrie went home in hope to start living, but she could not. The memories were always there, ready to come back anytime.
    The detectives started to investigate the case and Carrie was afraid they would find out who the murderer was. She was interrogated many times and she was always trying to say the same she said the last time “we had a fight and he left home really mad, like he used to.” But in the inside, Carrie just wanted to tell the truth, the secret was killing her.
    The next day, Carrie went to work as usual, she was a waitress of a small restaurant on the road. It was the only thing she could find with her 52 years. It looked like a normal day of January, it was cold as usual and the snow had stopped falling two hours ago.
    Detective Fanning was driving to his office when he saw the restaurant where Carrie works. He decided to stop, he saw his opportunity. As he came in, he looked for the old lady with red lips. She was attending some costumers when he got closer to her and grabbed her arm, in the moment she turned around and saw him, she went pale and her eyes got bigger. “I’ve found the murderer.” Carrie was about to start crying, she was going to go to jail until she dies – “it’s a 17-year-old boy from Oklahoma. He confessed it all.”

  3. “ANIMALS”
    I believe that animals exist to make of your life a happier life. Animals live in a so simple way. They respect each other; they unconditionally love and care their children and they are really respectful with the nature, because they really realize that the nature is what keeps animals alive, In contrast with the human beings.
    Human beings do not care about nature and animals, we even do not care about others human beings and we do not respect each other at least that the other person is someone that you really love, actually there are people that hurt to their wife and children, situation that you will never see between animals. Animals just follow the nature rules; Animals just kill to feed and protect themselves, only if is indispensable and they just kill animals of others species; but animals could be friend and love each other even if they are of different species, for example, I watched a video which show the friendship between an elephant and a dog, that video is wonderful because it makes you realize that two animals so different could play together and love each other without worry about what other animals could say or if they are different or not; That is something that human beings always do, we discriminate against people that are different color, different country or because they have different political thinking that me and it suppose that human beings are who have reasoning, not animals.
    Definitely, I totally believe that animal exist to teach us about the life. They teach us about how simple could be the life if we do not worry about what the color or country of other people are and we just worry about love and respect each other. They teach about the value of the nature in their life and in our life too. I think that if we understand this, we could be happier than we are now, that is because I believe that animals exist to make happier your life.

  4. I just opened my eyes and I saw it, I felt deep down in my soul that I have never seen something similar and that certainly no men alive has ever seen it as I saw it, close, warm and delicate. I took that marvelous feeling and I keep it for myself with miserliness and I decided that I would fight to death to keep it in front of me, looking, judging and embracing me with his long mouth, tempting me whit his lacking eyes to finally let the pale feeling wrapping me underneath his arms to never let me go, to finally know what I was and what I will be, to finally erase everything that I did and what I will do, to finally accept the smile that cames after the smile of the death, the most beautiful smile that I have ever seen.

  5. 8- He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…

    It was supposed to be a normal day at school. Sam, a nerd junior guy was walking down the corridor when suddenly; someone took him by his arm. It was Peter, a rude boy who has always hated him. People said Peter was jealousy about Sam’s success with girls. He was nerd, but handsome. Some girls like serious guys instead of arrogant ones. ‘Have you had a good day?’ asked Peter with a curious look in his eyes. Sam didn’t understand. They never talked. Sam thought it was just sarcasm and kept going his way.
    Sam was in a hurry because he had to take his mom to the doctor, she wasn’t feeling well. He needed to take out some things from his locker. He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw a dead animal body. What’s worst, it was its own cat! The cat who have lived with him for 10 years. His loved pet. Who would have done something like that? Now, he got it. It was obviously Peter. He hated him. But, what motivated him to do such crime!
    Days passed by. Sam confronted Peter, but he seemed surprised. Apparently, he was innocent. Time passed and the rumors reached Sam. Some people had seen a girl trying to open Sam’s locker. This was a lonely and dark girl. Sam discovered that she was in love with him, but she didn’t have the courage to admit it. Now, Sam was dating a beautiful girl and this lonely girl got completely and obsessive, that’s why she did what she did.

  6. Big Promises
    I was born in a beautiful village called “The Island”. “Hey Antoinette! Let’s go to the school! Hurry up!” cried out one of my cousins and we went playing and laughing all the time. “I want to go to the beach this afternoon” said one of my brothers when we went to the school. “Oh such original idea” I said. “Don’t judge me Antoinette! That is one of the most beautiful jobs that a man can develop” He said seriously. “Oh come on! Everyone in our family is fisherman and the ladies are housewives, why cannot I be teacher as Mrs. Schwels?” We continue walking. I always during the evening when we went back from school, we went to the beach and I wish had a family and a different occupation. Then I grew up.
    The city is the best option for a girl who want go out from her house in a little village. “Next week I go to the city” I said to the rest of my family. “What?!” Everyone asks. “Where do you pretend go?” Whispering things among them. “As you heard, I’m going to study at University of Massachusett. I want to be lawyer” And suddenly, everyone started to laugh including my siblings and cousins. “Stop!” My dad said strongly. Everyone fell silent. “Where do you going to live?” My dad asked me. “I rent an apartment” I answered. He went to his room and took an old book. “Is it a Biblie?” I said. “Yes my darling, here you will find all that you need. I love you, don’t forget that and call us soon.” He said. I gave him a hug and all my family wishes me lots of blessings.
    Next week and I was on my apartment and at University and also I started working.. That was an incredible time. “I’m jealous about you Antoinette!” Said one of my classmates. “Why? You should be proud of you” I said. “Yeah, I know. But honestly, you’re the best!” She said. The years passed and just had to need end one year. Suddenly, where I was worked the owners decided close all the business related to them and I didn’t have a job. That situation was horrible. I needed some money to pay my final thesis and also time to end it. “I don’t want to leave my career” I told to my dad by phone, crying. “Have you ever opened the Bible that I gave you? He tenderly said. “Honestly Dad, no. Do you that God is against to me?” I said. “Oh no my sweet darling, just open in a Psalm and read it, and you will discover big promises for you” Then arrived the night. Before that I went to the bed I took the Bible and I started reading it. When I found the book of Psalms, I arrived to the chapter 23 and in the middle was an envelope. There was $100.000 dollars. “Oh my God!!” My dad always was right, The Bible not only had big promises for me, it had my solution.

  7. 19. The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
    The unique smile that is the most beautiful is my son Gabriel. When I saw him to smile for first time, it was so exciting and amazing because his smile was (and continue) full of live and pleasure. His smile is my reason to continue in this every day fighting, to finish this career and to bear this stupid job that consume all my weekends for dirty money.
    When I was a child, I’ve never believed that I’ll be mom so younger and be so happy for that. I didn’t understand the “mother’s feeling” because my mom is very strict and she care me a lot, but I feel that was very over-protected and with my brother didn’t. My mom never give me permission to go a party in the night or to stay in another house, just I must stay at home without friend. I think that was a bit exaggerate for her, but now I understand why she did all of it. For the same reason that I will protect Gabriel, for love
    I have fear to see my son suffer for any problems or whatever, I would like to see him happy every time, but I know that is impossible to do. Anyway, I try to do my best to see my son happy and give him all tools to continue his life.
    I’ll do everything to see the most beautiful smile in the world.

    22. Good versus evil. Do they truly exist? Are there gray areas? Do good people do bad things?
    To distinguish between good and evil, in these time depend of the thinking of each person and their values and religion and belief and everything. It is ambiguous to say one truly definition about good and bad. People can do everything, good or bad things in different way following their values.

  8. 1) There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper and he was shocked by the new of a girl who killed her son. He does not understand the reasons why of the murder. – “This girl is crazy, she has to visit a psychologist” – He thought. This crime covered every TV program and every cover of newspapers. He started to walk with no destiny. He was just thinking about how people can kill their own relatives.- “How could be that? I have to live the experience in order to know what it feels like”- he thought very deeply. He remembered the hate that he feels for his enemy. His enemy is a girl, a very bitchy person who works with him. He planned to kill her. – “if I kill her, I will experience the feelings of murder and I will be happy because she doesn’t exist anymore”. – His internal speech reacts. So, he decided to kill her “accidentally” with his car, outside of the office. He found the schedule of his enemy and he had to wait for her to kill her. She was going out of the building, walking down the street. He followed her until he found the right place and time to kill her, a lot wasteland. So, he increases the velocity and knocked her off heavily. He was shocked and quiet. He was terrified by the “accident”, but the police arrived instantly. He was under detention and the girl sent to the hospital. Finally, he was locked on jail but he never more talk. This guy had suffered a psycho illness produced by the attempt to kill his enemy. The girl was still alive and after all she was interviewed and journalist covered every newspaper with this history. – “I know he did it on purpose. I noticed his hate to me at work.” – The girl revealed to the newspapers. But the guy, now, he never knows what is the feeling of kill someone. And if he know it, he has to shut up for the eternity.

    2) My Daughter’s Poem

    The most beautiful smile I ever saw
    It was when I saw you after the surgery
    Full of innocence and love
    You got out from your mom’s belly

    I never think of having a child
    But you arrived to change my life
    God made you beautiful
    And specially that lovely and kind smile.

    I see the cutest girl of the world
    When I’m in front of you
    It is hard to explain the love that it’s grown
    Inside of my soul there always be a place for you

  9. 18.Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”

    I was borne when my parents were younger and for it was the best because we can go together at a lot of places, for example at the fun center called”Fantasilandia” or at the cinema.
    As I now, for my parents was very difficult had to do that, my mother and my father also had to start to work and they must left their life and they became in parents.
    I remember a lot of thing for example when my father bought me a parrot called Matias and finally when the parrot was old we discovered that never was a male!! She always was a female! This was very funny we laugh when we remember that.
    Other think that I enjoyed a lot my parents and I was that we went together at the park, for me it was fantastic.
    I have really good memories about my childhood and I wish repeat all of that with my own kids.
    When I was 11 years old they got married and arrived to my life my little sister and she is very special for me, she is a complement.
    Now she is 14 years old and she is living a difficult time, teenagers are terrible!! But I know that we can support this situation together because I love her a lot .

  10. 6.There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…


    There’s a man reading a newspaper
    He thought it is time for supper
    He is in the park
    This place is very dark
    He said it’s time to eat paper.

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