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Writing Prompts – Week of January 19th to January 25th, 2015.


Writing Prompts:

  1. Paint splattered on a canvas… Think Jackson Pollock.
  2. “Funny colored hat, crazy shoes, weird handbag, and dazzling hair – I’m so ready for this interview!” you think to yourself…
  3. A couple helicopter to a remote island for a romantic dinner and end up being forgotten in an oncoming tropical storm.
  4. Write a story in which exactly five different things go ‘click’.
  5. At Target‘s customer service counter you plead with the representative, “It’s a package deal? What if I just want the package without the deal, or the deal without the package?”
  6. Close your eyes, spin yourself around, then with your eyes still closed, point to something. Open your eyes and write about what you’ve pointed to.
  7. Write a love poem from the perspective of a pirate writing to the woman he loves. Think kim dotcom and his wife with his dots (children) :p
  8. An old man finds a coin that reminds him of a special day from his youth.
  9. The bridegroom insists he wants to wear lime-green socks at his wedding, to match his tie. You have to buy the socks for him.
  10. Write a poem about the number three.
  11. A detective constable and his/her cat communicate telepathically while they try to stop the criminals from taking over the pet food industry.
  12. Read the story of Matt DeHart at National Post, here then use these four words in a fictional story that resolves his plight: Hacker – Creeper – Soldier – Spy. (Additional information about Anonymous may be found here at Wikipedia too.)
  13. You are a Roman gladiator in a strange arena and the lions are…
  14. Two males pick up a female hitchhiker who makes their lives very difficult.
  15. What I know about myself is…
  16. An Apple employee dies during a secret business meeting in BeijingPeople’s Republic of China where he had gone to investigate new malware called, WireLurker.
  17. You’re a famous YouTuber on YouTube. You’ve just said, “That’s it for this edition about gaming” (or substitute this topic for another if you wish) when something happens…
  18. Blue cheese or bleu cheese?
Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here. And from With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.

Writing Prompts: July 10th – July 21st, 2014.


Writing Prompts:

July 10th – July 21st, 2014.


  1. You found a winning lottery ticket in a bus station.
  2. You can’t decide between a vacation in the mountains or at the beach, so you …
  3. Your utilities are suddenly shut off in your home.
  4. The copier wasn’t working again and I was on my last nerve when suddenly…
  5. The car’s battery suddenly died on the way to the awards ceremony and she/he was expecting to win the top award….
  6. She/he was so glad that she/he made the mistake of doing…
  7. A couple searching for a new town to raise their baby in, thought they had asked all the right questions… Unfortunately, they forgot to ask the most important one…
  8. The person you’re most compatible with turns out to be an artificially intelligent (AI) computer.
  9. Write about spending a day with your personal hero (living or dead).
  10. A movie rental isn’t the movie on the cover, it’s a local politician in a very delicate position…
  11. The new pool was installed and the invitations were sent. But would anyone show up for the party?
  12. The mountain looked intimidating but her/his life depended on getting to the bottom.
  13. … And *poof* he/she/they was/were gone.
  14. Someone tries to kill you for possessing a figurine that an old friend had sent you as a gift.
  15. You are being driven around by the worst driver ever.


Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here. With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.

Writing Prompts: June 29th – July 6th, 2014.


  1. It was the mean-spirited nature behind it that really bothered him/her. He/she didn’t mind not making the team. What ticked him/her off about it was…
  2. For some reason the ______ aren’t happy today.
  3. Write a mock editorial about something quite serious.
  4. The subject was learning faster than they expected. It was time to up the ante…
  5. Your friend discovers an alternative fuel that could potentially alter earth forever…
  6. Write a story or poem that begins with: “There was only one way out, so I chose to do…”
  7. The ink blobbed on the small white card reminded him/her of…
  8. “I can’t believe you cheated on him/her. He’s/she’s so HOT!”
  9. Thank goodness _______ insisted we take all those _______.
  10. You had given up hope ever finding your dog. But while driving through your neighbourhood, you see your dog on a leash leading a blind person across a very busy street… What do you say or do?
  11. Write a story about two sisters/brothers/friends vacationing in a Southeast Asian country, on a shoestring budget.
  12. What does a person mean when they say they need space?
  13. Jot down twenty words about your life; use them to create a poem or story about something other than your life…
  14. Write a recipe for successful recipe writing.
  15. You thought you’d enrolled in a class about _______. During the first session, you find it’s something else instead…
  16. He/she crouched behind the sofa in terror as a hand came through the window.
  17. Write about the color ______.
  18. Write about something that irks you or brings you joy.
  19. Write a short poem about the first thing you remember thinking about today.
  20. An unknown person from Egypt sends you a box containing a rock etched with peculiar hieroglyphics.

Prompts from: Apple Apps Store, Writing Prompts by 21 x 20 Media, Inc. Download with iTunes here. With grammar and typos of prompts corrected, copy-edited and tweaked for relevance.

Sara’s Writing Prompts

S Writing Prompt Graphic - Adobe01Hello!  So have you been busy writing this past week or have you been too busy getting the kids ready for the first day back to school?  Do you need some inspiration or a prompt to get  your creativity flowing?  Yes?  Good!  I have a whole list of writing prompts just for you.  Take a few minutes, consider where these prompts will lead you then write on!



Week of August 26th to September 1st, 2013.

  1. Little did John know the panther was just yards away, watching his every move.
  2. A straight line and a curved line argue which one is more useful.
  3. An unknown person from Egypt sends you a box containing a rock etched with hieroglyphics.
  4. One day, your dog starts talking to you.
  5. Right before she dies, your mother tells you you’re adopted.
  6. He raised his goblet: “Cheers! Here’s to Love!” Then she quipped back, “Define Love.”
  7. Write about the smallest insect you’ve ever seen.
  8. A frozen pond in the middle of the desert catches the attention of scientists from around the world.
  9. You’re in a log cabin deep in the woods. No utilities. Lake plentiful with fish and a prehistoric animal…
  10. You just discovered the reason your adopted son is so disruptive of every aspect of family life: Attachment Disorder. What now?
  11. “Your name will be in lights, kiddo!” said D. W. Griffith to Mary Pickford.
  12. A day after you submit your thesis, you get a call from the Director of the CIA or CSIS/CSEC.
  13. Write about the life of a box of Lime Jello.
  14. Now you know the reason your neighbor has been sitting in his yard, looking at his shed and brooding.
  15. If you could get a job in any occupation, what would you do for a living?
  16. Add a dab of this, a dribble of that and stir. Within seconds, you’ll have…
  17. The commercials said the shampoo would make my hair grow strong. I didn’t expect…
  18. I don’t usually read the end of a book first, but this time I just had to know!
  19. A for-hire corporate spy has stolen a flash-drive with sensitive information on it. He must transfer it to his employer within the next week because…
  20. A ring is found with an intriguing inscription inside.
  21. Pick a marketing slogan and use it in a poem or short-story.
  22. You are being driven around by the worst driver ever.
  23. The calendar says March 10th, but the last day you remember is March 1st.
  24. A stop at the pub on the way home changed his destiny.
  25. A circle, a square and a triangle…
  26. When her cell phone rings, they think nothing of it. But when his rings too…
  27. “Couldn’t you hear me knocking?” she asked. “Uh, no… I was… “
  28. The cup tipped over, spilling its contents onto her mobile phone, which was the only remaining connection to the outside world.
  29. If life is a TV channel, I’m currently on…

Prompts gathered from

Sara’s Writing Prompts

Hello fellow BWC Writers!

I hope you’ve all had an excellent week scribbling in your notebooks – Have you written a piece that you will be sharing with us on Monday night for a critique? No?! Not too worry! I come bearing writing prompts.   The due date for submissions for the Barrie Writers Club 2nd anthology is approaching quickly – 15 more days left to hand in submissions by July 29th 2013.

Don’t over think it. Breathe and know that you canTake an inky plunge into the blank pages before you and just write.  Really, it’s just that easy.

“As for goals, I don’t set myself those anymore. I’m not one of these ‘I must have achieved this and that by next year’ kind of writers. I take things as they come and find that patience and persistence tend to win out in the end.”
Paul Kane


Writing Prompts:


  • But the butter wouldn’t stick to the bread…
  • A new neighbour in your apartment building is a vampire.  What will they sink their teeth into next?
  • After noticing the kitty picture as your desktop wallpaper, your cat becomes jealous of your computer.
  • How did all this cake get in my hair?
  • You are in the audience, when the lead singer forgets the lyrics. You are the only other person who knows them. What happens next?
  • You go to donate blood, but something goes terribly wrong…
  • I couldn’t find the glue, so I…
  • You see bullet holes in the promotional poster of your new business.
  • Every morning at sunrise, the sun shone through the church window to reveal a message.
  • At a state dinner, a political cartoonist spills ketchup on the vice-president.
  • At an auction, you place a bid on a strange object and win the bid. What is this mysterious object and what secrets does it have?
  • In the airplane, you hear the pilot announce he’s running out of fuel, and…(Strangely enough this one actually did happen to me coming back from Heathrow airport to Pearson.  We ended up having to land at Montréal’s Mirabel Airport…This airline has now gone defunct – Thank God!)
  • A cat and dog duo decides to play a prank on a pesky neighbourhood raccoon.
  • A journalist discovers the whereabouts of a wealthy family’s only heir who was abducted years ago.
  • A woman you have never met before tells you: “Your life depends on what’s inside my purse.”
  • Your new hot tub looks like a spaceship.  It has buttons, lights and other gadgets, oh and it can fly!
  • An animal in the pet shop where you work has some supernatural powers.
  • The lead singer in a traveling band gives away top security secrets to the enemy through the songs he sings.
  • A vacuum cleaner is invented that generates life from dust…
  • The copier wasn’t working again and I was on my last nerve when suddenly…
  • The computer screeched and the screen turned blue when he hit the submit button.
  • Pick a random person that you know and use their name for an acrostic.
  • Researching the quantum origins of consciousness, you discover you can alter and extend time…
  • A homeless man can see the future, but no one believes him.

All writing prompts were obtained using’s  iPhone App and also at their website, thanks!

Good luck and write on!


Next Thursday will be posted the second part of  the research information article.  Have a look for it under “From The Trenches…” link to the right of your screen.  Feel free to comment, ask questions or add your own suggestions.  Or even make a request for anything that you want to understand more about from Generation Enigma er Techno 😉 I’m learning too, so we may as well learn and stumble together!

Also: I will be attempting to make a Screen cast video on how to save, format and attach your writing submissions to email then submit these documents successfully.  Fingers crossed* I will be testing it out on my blog first.  Hopefully, I will not injure my blog in the process.  If you should hear a cacophonous boom from next door, RUN! Or refer my former blog to the appropriate committee, the Darwin Awards…KIDDING! 😉

Sara’s Writing Prompts

Hello fellow writing aficionados!

I have a slew of new writing prompts to ignite the fire in your brain and to finally put that pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard…!)

Remember, that the BWC Anthology Book Publication is still receiving submissions.  The editors and executive staff would love to receive your submission for story (or poetry/prose) from YOU, the members of BWC!

I know, I’ve been struggling with getting my stories and written things together but I’ll submit something if you plan to as well…? 😉

So, are you ready to take a chance and write something fantastic?  You will never know unless you begin to scribble!  Remember:  The anxiety about starting something is often worse than the finished product itself.  Let’s Write!


Write about geography. Pick a random place on a map and write about it. If you haven’t been there, imagine what it would be like.

A six-year old who has trouble with long words is chosen the king for an island nation.

Make up a creative reason for missing a deadline at work/school/etc.

Animals are pretty darned smart. Can’t say the same for a lot of people.

Write a small autobiography from the perspective of being a famous star/starlet  or rock/pop singer.  How fantastic is this persons’ life and what have they struggled with?

Write a sensational tabloid piece about an invented rock or pop band; try to promote their musical style and their personalities.  It could be satirical and humorous in nature or it could a puff piece on this band.

You just got the best job in the world: walking a famous person’s dog! – Who’s this famous person and can their dog really behave on his/her walks?  What’s this dog like?

An unstable scientist keeps cloning cats and eventually changes their DNA. What are these mutant cats capable of?!

You’re cleaning out your closet and find a worn bible, you had forsaken the Lord…Yet when you touch it, the Lord speaks..

Scribbled on the back of a bookmark, he/she read the most interesting thing…

After Doomsday/the Apocalypse, you bio-engineer a new kind of human being.

While exploring a cave, a geologist finds a stone that is not of this earth.

While you’re having coffee at Starbucks, a strange woman pulls up a chair next to you and says, “You must write my life story,” and…

The object you buy from a weird antique store makes you live in an earlier time.

Your camera card has a photo on it that you didn’t take of someone and you’ve never seen before this person before…

Someone you have never met suddenly punches you!  Why?!

After a walk on the beach you return to your spot to find a red rose carefully placed in your beach chair.

Someone stops you on the street and tells you that you have to give them your shoelaces, it’s very important!

Each room in a strange house gives a different supernatural power to anyone who falls asleep in it.

You are a guest at a wedding and two family members start an argument during the ceremony.

You mistakenly enter a room through a door marked “For Authorized Personnel Only“.

Write a letter from the happiest person in the world~! ;D

An overzealous librarian, while chasing after an unreturned book, gets mixed up in an international intrigue.

Write a short dialogue between two political candidates about an issue you care absolutely nothing about.

Prompts from and their Prompt app for iPhone with a few extras I added in – Have fun and Write on!