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44 Best Writing Prompts That Will Inspire You To Channelize Your Inner Shakespeare

While looking for writing prompts for myself, I came across some really creative ways of inspiring the idea-starved writer in me. And once I was enthused, I realized I HAD TO share these with you. So without much ado, here are the best writing prompts that will provoke you to think, “sit at the typewriter, and bleed.”

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Best writing prompts

  • Begin by making a list of songs that usually bring out the strongest emotions in you. Club them into what you can call your “creative jam”. Write while listening to these tunes.
  • What is the greatest fear or insecurity that you deal with? How about writing about it in detail. It will do you good on some many levels.
  • Do you remember your most recent dream? Well, structure it a little; give it a beginning, a proper middle and a suitable ending, and write it.
  • Write an ode to a song, a singer, a movie or a TV series that inspired you as a kid or as a confused teen.
  • Imagine a conversation you wish you had had, and write about it.
  • Write about your last kiss.
  • Write a letter to your younger self describing why it is okay to be that way.
  • Write a letter to your future self.
  • Write a letter to your imaginary kid. Include all that you want your child to know. You can take some major inspiration from Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi.
  • What is your biggest secret? Think about it a little, and start writing. Be honest with your words as well as your feelings. Write openly.
  • Do you regret something? Write about it, and how you think you could have changed things by acting in a different way.
  • “Firsts” are a great writing theme. So if you remember your first day at work or at school, you should write about it.
  • Use your favorite author’s best quote to write a poem.

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  • Think about a perfect morning. Now write about it in detail. If you are not a morning person, then you can also write about the perfect afternoon, or the best sundowner.
  • Remember your best friend from school? Write him or her a letter. If you are still friends with them, then you should post the letter. :)
  • You can even write to a long lost love.
  • Who does not love the moon, right? Compose a story about her, and when you do, pay heed to what Chekov once said, “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
  • Think about your growing up days, and when you put pen to paper, do not just make it an unreal account. Write about the pain and the hurt as well.
  • Have you ever dreamt of a magical school that you would like to be a part of? Write about a course that you would like to teach there.

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  • Did someone wrong you and never apologize? Write them a letter. (You can post it too ;))
  • Write about an ordinary day in your life. Include humor, but also stitch in some stimulating thoughts.
  • Go for word prompts like: doors, ecstasy, ropes, tyranny, tomorrow etc. There are a number of word prompt generators online, so you will never be starved of word inspirations.
  • If tomorrow was your last day on the planet, how would you spend today? Write it down.
  • Fear, anxiety, vulnerability, how do you deal with them? Write about it.
  • You can write about a vacation you have always wanted to take but haven’t been able to, for some reason.
  • What do you fear losing the most, and why? Describe your emotions in words.
  • Take some inspiration from Facebook and write exactly what’s on your mind.
  • Write about your favorite person. Write about the emotions you are not able to express in front of them.
  • Write about a stigma in society that troubles you. Do not forget to write what according to you would help bring in a change.
  • Almost everyone wants to be remembered once they are gone. How do you want people to remember you?
  • Write a letter to your favorite author.
  • Write a letter letting off someone who hurt you. Write why it is important for you to let go of the hurt.
  • Write a few thank you letters. Appreciation is always welcome. :)
  • Write a thank you note to your own self.
  • If there is one memory that you could relive, which one would that be, and why?
  • Imagine you have turned into someone’s shadow for one day. Write about the experience.
  • Sit in your veranda for an hour. Observe the sounds around you and write about them.
  • Write a story about being covered in mud.
  • Write a poem about a scene in your favorite movie. Write why it is so special to you.
  • Imagine your reflection in the mirror spoke to you. What would it say? Pen it down.
  • Write about a painting. You could even collaborate with a visual artist and write something for one of their art pieces.
  • Get hold of the workbook, Steal Like an Artist, and dedicatedly, work on the exercises to bring out the best in the writer in you.
  • Take some inspiration from Toni Morrison and write the book you think should have been written, but hasn’t been written yet.

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  • Anything can be your writing prompt: all objects, all people, and all situations. Remember what Sylvia Plath once said, “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

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I hope these best writing prompts inspire you to someday write a story you hold in your heart, which is your truth. As Maya Angelou once said,

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

That’s a wrap on today’s post. Let us know if these prompts were helpful. If you have ideas of your own, then you can share them with us in the comment section.

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44 Best Writing Prompts That Will Inspire You To Channelize Your Inner Shakespeare
Here are the best writing prompts that will provoke the idea-starved writer in you to think, “sit at the typewriter, and bleed.”
Riya Roy

Riya Roy

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd type a little faster.” This Isaac Asimov line, embraces my love for writing in the finest and most desperate way that it is and should be! I was tormented by the earnestness of the written word not very early in my journey. But once smitten, it has helped me devour life twice over; savoring the moment and indulging in its memories. As a flâneuse, I wander to understand the intricacies of human relationships. Realizing that, they are just different manifestations of the same feeling of love, has been my greatest learning. I seek to share its opulence through the words I type.