If you’re trying to get into the habit of writing every day, but not sure what to write about, there are several ways you can get inspiration. All the best writers are good readers, so you could always look for inspiration in the things you read. You can also write about things that happened to you, and what you learned from them. You can also do a search for “writing prompts” or “writing inspiration” on the Web. There are also several books with writing prompt ideas – one such book is “1,100 Ways to Write Your Story: Writing Prompts to Fit Every Need” In this post I’ll review this book.
This book is, quite simply, a collection of different writing prompt ideas – most of the ideas are for fiction stories, but there are also some for non-fiction. It has different sections, including general writing prompts, science fiction and fantasy writing prompts, journaling writing prompts, romance writing prompts, horror writing prompts, poetry writing prompts, and young adult writing prompts. Each of these sections is subdivided into different types of writing prompts – I’ll explain the different types of writing prompts in the following sections.
General Writing Prompts
These writing prompts are about different subjects. The section is subdivided into the following categories:
- Point of View – These prompts allow you focus on things from a different point of view.
- On the Lighter Side – These prompts inspire stories that are more lighthearted that hopefully will make the writer and the reader feel good.
- And the Dark Side – These prompts focus on the grittier, more horrific side of things and create stories that are darker and more depressing.
- Finish the Thought – These prompts are the starting lines of a story – all you have to do is fill in the blank and keep on writing.
- Description – These prompts focus on describing an object or event – If you try any of the prompts from this section, try to make your descriptions detailed, and use all five senses.
- Quotes – These prompts are all quotes from famous people. The challenge of this section is to use the quotes out of context and create a story around them. You can use them to either begin or end your story.
- On the Quirky Side – These prompts are for people who really like to think outside the box – they inspire some funny, witty or sarcastic stories.
- Strange Combinations – These prompts will also inspire some fun writing. You’re given a few characters, and you’re supposed to create a story revolving around two of them meeting somewhere.
- 5 Words – These prompts are a list of words that you’ll be required to use in a single story or poem. You have to think of the best and most creative way to use them.
- Story Starters/Enders – These prompts give you a sentence which you should either begin or end your story with.
- Other Story Ideas – These prompts are just other ideas you can use to create a story.
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Prompts
These prompts challenge you to write stories in the science fiction and fantasy genres. The sci-fi writing prompts are sub-divided into the following sections:
- Strange Worlds – These prompts are variations of the world we live in. In some cases the human race has changed, and in others the world itself has changed.
- Strange People – These prompts focus on an individual or group of individuals who are not quite normal.
- Strange Visitors – These prompts focus on good old-fashioned alien invasions, but most of the aliens aren’t your typical little green men.
- Strange News – These prompts challenge you to write newspaper articles based on some pretty amazing headlines.
- Just a Title – These prompts are titles for your new piece – all you have to do is come up with the story.
The fantasy writing prompts are subdivided into the following sections:
- Magical Powers – These prompts are about people who have something special about them or have found an object that makes them special.
- Magical Creatures – These prompts involve different creatures from fantasy and myth that are familiar to most everyone. You can follow the conventions for them, or you can create your own, as long as you don’t create any sparkling vampires.
- Magical Worlds – These prompts focus on the setting of the story, setting out some rules that you need to follow as you develop the story.
- Magical Adventures – These prompts involve some sort of quest or adventure – they lay out what your character needs to get, you just have to make up a story where they get it.
- Fairytales Redone – These prompts take some classic fairy tales and turn them on their head – some key aspects of the story are changed, and you get to explore it.
Journal Writing Prompts
These prompts are meant to be written as non-fiction pieces, or you could write them as part of a memoir. Many of these prompts can also be used to flesh out the characters in your fiction writings – all you would have to do is respond to the prompts as your character. They are subdivided into the following sections:
- Journal Prompts – These are the prompts where you are given a topic to write on.
- Finish the Thought – With these prompts, you’re given the first part of a sentence and you have to continue the story to the end.
- What If Scenarios – These prompts are “What if” questions in which a question is posed for you to think about if it were different, and you have to write about what the world, your life, or reality would be like.
Romance Writing Prompts
These prompts inspire different types of romance-themed stories. They can cross genres with sci-fi, paranormal, western, contemporary, historical, comedy, as well as many other genres. The romance writing prompts are subdivided into the following categories:
- General Romance Prompts – These prompts provide the basics to get your romance stories started.
- Finish the thought – These prompts provide the first line of your new romance story, and it’s up to you to finish it.
- Just a Title – These prompts provide just a simple title. Your job is to create the story for the title.
- On the Spicier Side – These prompts are meant to help you create stories where sex is the main focus.
- 5 Words – These prompts provide five romantically charged words that you can use to write a story or poem.
These prompts inspire different types of horror stories. They can be set in almost any time and place – you may have to tweak the wording a little, but they will work. They’re subdivided into the following categories:
- General Horror Prompts – These prompts feature scary ideas you can use to torture your characters with.
- Finish the Thought – These prompts provide you with the first sentence in your story – you just have to finish it.
- Just a Title – These prompts provide you a title that you have to write a horror story around.
- Vampire, Zombie and Werewolf Prompts – These prompts feature some scary creatures from popular horror myths. Each monster has its own section.
- 5 Words – These prompts give you five words to use in a story or poem.
Poetry Writing Prompts
Poetry can take many forms, but no matter how you choose to write your poems, you still need an idea to spark the imagination. This section is subdivided into the following categories:
- Topics of Choice – These prompts give you just a general list of ideas of topics to write about. You can go in any direction you want to with these prompts.
- Poetry Challenges – These prompts get a little more specific, but you can still go in many different directions with them.
- All About Theme – These prompts take many of the most common poetry themes and lay them out for you.
- 5 Words – These prompts give you five words and ask you to write poem about them.
Young Adult Writing Prompts
This is the last section of the book and it’s only subdivided into two categories:
- Finish the Thought – These prompts give you the first sentence of your story and you have to finish the it.
- General Young Adult Prompts – These prompts focus on teenage characters and help you with all your young adult creative endeavors.
Those are the different types of prompts you’ll find in this book – it’s a fairly comprehensive list of writing prompts, so I don’t think you’ll have any problems coming up with something unless, of course, you want to write about a subject that’s not covered in this book. I look forward to hearing about your experiences with this book and reading some of the stories you come up with – if you do write a story or poem using one of these prompts and post it somewhere, feel free to share the link down below in the comments. If you’re interested in purchasing this book you can do so here.