40 Writing Prompts

You are welcome to all of them.

Josie Klakström
2 min readMay 5, 2022


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It’s been a while! My last writing prompt list was published over a year ago. I’ve been working, but I’ve been keeping a list of writing prompts for me that I’ve still not gotten around to.

  1. Write a short story with yourself as the main character.
  2. Write about the history of an object in your home — where does gum come from?
  3. Write about your commute, or lack of.
  4. Write about forbidden love.
  5. Write about your family secret.
  6. Write about what makes you angry.
  7. Write about what would happen if your favourite fictional character lived in your world.
  8. Review a show or a book you wouldn’t normally watch or read.
  9. Go to church and write about your experience.
  10. Write about what was totally acceptable when you were a child that isn’t now.
  11. Write about your family’s culture.
  12. Write about your party trick.
  13. Explore the theory of being addicted to placebos.
  14. Explain Crypto and how it works.
  15. Write about your favourite book to film or television adaptation.
  16. Write about the history of computer evolution.
  17. Write about competitive gardening.
  18. Write about plastic surgery.
  19. Write about the evolution of the trendy eyebrow.
  20. Write about the home-influencer trend.
  21. Learn a new skill and document your journey.
  22. Write about the laws of your state or country.
  23. Write about a crime that happened in your town.
  24. Pick a section from the Panama Papers and write about your findings.
  25. Write up your favourite recipe.
  26. Write about what life would be like without Apple.
  27. Take a photograph and write about it.
  28. Write about your local delicacy.
  29. Write about Facebook marketplace.
  30. Write about your first job.
  31. Write about the effects of lockdown homeschooling.
  32. Write about debut albums.
  33. Write about your experiences of using dating sites.
  34. Write about a daily struggle.
  35. Write about the strangest video you’ve found on the internet.
  36. Write about the best fact you know.
  37. Write about your favourite moment.
  38. Write about addiction.
  39. Write about your work/life balance.
  40. Write an open letter to yourself.

Make sure you send me links to any stories you write using these prompts — I’d love to read them!



Josie Klakström

Josie is a freelance journo who writes about writing, true crime, culture and marketing. www.truecrimeedition.com