Pick the idea that excites you the most, and you’ll find that its momentum will conjure up a whole new story world, replete with fascinating new characters! And if that’s not enough, generate your own with the Idea Engine, or peruse these lists of scene ideas, flash fiction prompts, and writing prompts.
These creative writing activities or exercises can be used in a classroom or workshop situation.
While at summer camp over a decade ago, five teenagers’ lives became irrevocably intertwined. As passengers disembark from a transatlantic flight, they start to experience amnesia—all of the passengers except one. A writer loses the ability to distinguish reality from the fantastical worlds of his or her stories. The protagonist is obsessed with serial killers and decides to make a documentary film reenacting their most horrific crimes. Some relationships aren’t simple enough to be classified as toxic or healthy. In a country that rants and raves about freedom, the government decides that its people should not be allowed to drink liquor.
On the first day of school, two best friends discover a frightening secret about one of their new teachers.
Then present individuals or small groups with a statement that inappropriately "tells," such as Jane did what she always did when she was angry with her father.
She turned away from him and tried to get her brother on-side by rolling her eyes.
Something unexpected happens, and the guests are drawn into a weekend of pranks and hijinks.
Now their paths have crossed again, and they must all come to terms with what happened that summer. Someone is sitting on a park bench reading a news article about a recent string of crimes. The farther they go from the plane, the more severe their amnesia becomes. Writing about a complex relationship is, well, complex. Write a story set during Prohibition in the United States. The setting is a festive party honoring the holiday of your choosing.
For example: During this creative writing activity, encourage group members to ask questions that reveal character, rather than only questions about appearance.
For example, someone might ask "How does your character express anger? " The answers may be kept short or, if you have time, answers may explain the "why" of the response, such as "My character suppresses his anger because when he was a teenager, in a fit of rage, he slammed the car door as hard as he could and caught his dog in the door as the dog tried to jump out after him.