Below you will find three lists I use for writing prompts. Fancy having a go? Choose a person, a location and an object (or two) and start writing!
Don’t think too much. Don’t edit. Don’t re-read it back.
It can be crap, but don’t worry. You will go back later when your story is finished to polish it up. It’s like “writing Cluedo” and a great way to get your juices flowing. Writing juices, that is.
Think outside the box. For example, “cane” – for me that’s a painful punishment, but for you it could be a garden cane you have used to construct a machine to contact aliens from another planet.
Try not to pick several that seem to go together. Instead of a murderer, knife and basement try a murderer at a fashion show with crocodile clips. It doesn’t have to mean “death by crocodile clips”, *laughs* but crocodile clips should be mentioned in the story somewhere!
Make it different. Fun. Entertaining. Think of the most unusual choices and scenarios and run with it.
Better still, force yourself to go down this list and pick the first word of each (1 x person, 1x location and 1x object) to write about, and then come back and do the same with the second and third words, etc. Or Simply go through A to Z. The possibilities are endless.
Can be used for all forms, flash fiction, short stories, poetry or even full length novels.
Any suggestions? Let me know and I’ll add them. The weirder / most unusual – the better.
Okay, hold onto your hats, here we go!
Arsonist / Artist / Action Man / Alien / Accountant / Actor / Actuary / Animal Keeper / Announcer / Aquarium Cleaner / Archaeologist / Army Cadet / Athlete / Angel / Atheist
Beauty Queen / Ballerina / Belly Dancer / Barista / Bondage Expert / Burlesque Performer / Bartender / Brain Surgeon / Beautician / Beast
Cardiologist / Cowboy / Commander / Cook / Chef / Chief / Cartoonist /Cosplay Enthusiast / Car Mechanic / Carpenter / Chemist / Coach / Computer Geek / Curator / CIA Agent / Clown / Cuckold
Daddy’s Girl / Designer / Diva / Dom(mme) / Daddy / Diamond Smuggler / Dentist / Diplomat / Doctor / Dog Trainer / Dog Walker / Data Entry Clerk / Detective / Devil
Estate Agent / Entertainments Manager / Environmental Scientist / Envious Jilted Revenge Seeker / Electrician / Egomaniac
Farmer / Fantasy Footballer / Freak / Flirt / Fashionista / Frogman / FBI Agent / Fashion Designer / Fire Archaeologist / Firefighter /Fitness Trainer / Fosterer / Fetishist
Grim Reaper / Gold Digger / Gypsy / Gamer / Ghost / Gay Man / Gardener / Grave Digger
Housewife / Hitch-hiker / Hiker / Hypnotist / Health Fanatic / Human Resources Specialist (HR) / Human Doll / Hostage
Intergalactic Captain / IT Manager / Immortal Being / Immunologist
Janitor / Jeweller / Jewellery Thief
King / Kidnapee / Kidnapper
Librarian / Lesbian / Lord / Landscape Architect / Lawyer / Life Guard / Life Coach
Maid / Murderer / Milkman / Masochist/ Marine Pilot / Mathematician / Musician / Master / Movie Star / Mannequin / Monster / Minion
Nudist / Nurse / Neo-Burlesque (or “New Burlesque”) Dancer / NASA Civil Service / Neighbour
Orthodontist / Ornithologist / Oceanographer / Orphan / Oracle
Prostitute / Pianist / Princess / Priest / Producer / Paralegal / Photographer / Physiotherapist / Physicist / Police Officer / Prosthetist / Psychologist / Poltergeist / Porn Star
Queen / Quester
Roadie / Reader / Rabbit Breeder / Robot / Rubber Fetishist / Restaurateur / Reporter / Rapper
Shapeshifter / Spetznaz / Sadist / Swinger / Special Reconnaissance Regiment Member / Submissive / Slave / Sugar Daddy / Stripper /Switch / Secretary / Surveyor / Spinster / Schoolgirl / Serial Killer / Statue / Sex Maniac
Time Traveller / Teacher / Thief
Underwater Deep Sea Expert / Unstable Girl
Vampire / Vicar / Voyeur / Vishnu
Werewolf / Workman / Web Developer / Wildlife Biologist / Widow(er) / Wizard
Xtreme Sports Person (Yeah, I know I’m cheating!)
Yam Picker / Yodeller / Yak Owner / Yo-Yo Expert / Youth (Getting desperate!)
Zoologist / Zamba Dancer / Zombie / Zoo Keeper / Zoo Vet
At Home in Front of Computer / Abattoir / Airport / Abroad / Auction House / America / Adoption Agency
Burlesque Club / Balcony / Back Garden / Black Hole / BDSM Club / Basement / Beach / Bank / Bus Stop /BDSM Meet / Bedroom
Classroom / Country Park / Cave / Commune / Cattle Market / Carpark / Clock Tower / Clubhouse / Changing Room / Control Room / Cinema / Court / Coffin
Dressing Room / Den / Department Store / Dungeon /Dating Agency /Dance School / Derelict Building / Driving School
End Of A Rainbow / Eatery / Earth’s End / Estate Agents / Elephant House / Egyptian Pyramid /
Fun Run / Factory / Fairground / Freezer / Fashion Show / Farm / Furniture Store / FBI Academy / Fantasy World
Graveyard / Garden Centre / Greenhouse / Go-Cart Track / Garage / Gazebo
Heaven / Hell / Hill / Hut / Hall of Residence / Horror Set / Halfway House /Helicopter Pad / Hibernaculum
Iceberg / Igloo / Ice Cream Van / Italian Pizzeria / Institute for Selective Breeding / Inside a box
Jungle / Jet / Juicing Factory / Joke Shop
Kennels / Kink Shop
Laboratory / Loft / Locker Station / Lumber Yard / London
Mansion / Mars / Massage Parlour / Meadow / Meeting Room / Morgue / Mountain Range / Magic Shop
News Room / Needlework Class / Niche Department / (A) Nuclear Holocaust
Observation Post / Office (at night) / Ocean / Orchard / Observatory
Palace / Patio / Pet Shop / Purgatory / Park Bench / Planetarium / Prison / Pub / Private Party / Planet
Queue / Quiriguá / Qualification Centre / Quality Control Room
Railway Station / River / Restaurant / Race Track
School / Spaceship / Shower / Stage / Stable / Skate Park
Test Site / Takeaway (fast food) Shop / Tunnel / Toilet / Tower / Toy Shop / Tomb
Underwater / Utopia / Underground / Underworld /University
Vicarage / Vets / Vault / Voodoo Shop / Vacation Lodge (Holiday Home) / Van /
Wall of Fame / Wood / Work / Waiting Room / Writer’s Retreat
Zoo / Zumba Fitness Class /Zombie Apocalypse
(and other things)
Alarm / Ant / Apple / Answerphone / Ankle Chain
Butterfly / Butt plugs / Bowl / Butter /Brainwashing Audiobook / Boomerang / Barge (boat) / Bridge / Barbie / Button
Coin / Collar / Cane / Cage /Crown / Crocodile Clips / Chains / Cuff / Code
Doll / Drum / Dog Basket / Duster / Door / Delivery / Dragon / Demon
Elephant Grass / E-Mail / Envelope / E-Book / Echo / Electro-Magnetic Field
Forklift truck / Flash Light / Fish /Fitness Tracker / Feather / Fur / Fetish / Flash Flood
Gnome / Garden Fork / Gun / Giant / Gem / Goals / Garlic / Gas
House / Hose / Handwritten Note / Harp / Hat / Halo /Heart
Ink Blot / Igloo / Instructions / Incense / Incinerator / Island / Incognito / Insect / Intelligent Design /
Jam / Jack-in-a-Box / Jelly / Junk / Jumble
Knot / Knife / Kettle / Koala / Karma / Karate / Kiss
Leash/Lead / Love Beads / Lounger / Letter / List
Mask / Maid Uniform / Meat Clever / Motion Detector / Mirror / Motorbike / Motorhome
No Entry Sign / Necklace / Neck / New Moon / Nipple Clamps
Orange / Obelisk / Oxygen / Orgasm / Organism / Onyx / Order of the Bath / Omen
Paddle / Party Hat / Pony / Precious Stone / Princess Dress / Pastie / Plantation / Plan
Quotations / Questionnaire / Quicksand / Quarantine / Quest
Ring / Rope / Rat / Rain / Riding Crop / Reincarnation /
Snake / Spell book / Stone / Suitcase / Scarecrow / Secret
Tiara / Time Machine / Tank / Telephone / Top Hat / Tickler
Uniform (any) / Unicorn / Unicycle
Vase / Vibrator / Viaduct / Vein / Ventricle / Virus / Venus
Whip / Wardrobe / Webcam / Wedding Dress / Washing Machine / Watch / Wings
X-ray Eyes / Xylophone / Xmas
Yacht / Yolk / Yoghurt / Yoga
Where will this take you?
I will add extra when I think of them. Feel free to add suggestions or share a link to what you have written below!
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