A Quick Guide to Writing Prompts

A Quick Guide to Writing Prompts

A quick guide to some sites for writing prompts.

I'll periodically come back to this article and update it with better links and sections

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Where to Start

I make ideas prompts for roleplaying games as my main work.

Lots of writers, world builders and creatives use writing prompts for short stories, novels and bringing depth to their creations.

For advice from people who know more about writing prompts than me try Writing Prompt Sites

Communities exist to help with the use and give advice on writing prompts. One is the r/writingprompts community at reddit. And Ameronis at RanGen.co.uk has writing challenges which use random generators from the site.

r/WritingPrompts: Writing Prompts. You’re a writer and you just want to flex those muscles? You’ve come to the right place! If you see a prompt you …

Some like to make their own Writing Prompt generators using tools such as perchance or chartopia

Create a Random Generator - Perchance.org

Writing Prompts for Characters

A simple place to start for writing is with a character.

Names can be found at Fantasy Name Generators. The site has many generators for real world names as well as places, fantasy, science fiction and many parts of geek culture.

For various character traits RanGen has tools including appearance, family, personality and motive.

More character prompts (alongside other writing tools) are available at springhole.net. The Ridiculously Awesome Character Idea Generator is worth a glance.

Random Character Generators - Springhole.net
Create random characters for everything from novels to roleplaying games.

More Writing Prompt Sites

For writing prompts beyond chaaracters we have two Plot Generators

Plot Generator
Hilarious random plot generator. Answer a few quick questions and this website will automatically write a story or blurb for you using your keywords. Select from a variety of genres including romance, mystery or teen vampire. Plots suitable form books or films
Plot Generator with 500+ Short Story Ideas
Automatically generate a story plot for film or paperback using keywords of your choice. Never run out of short stories ideas with this writing prompt generator.

For general writing prompts with some extra advice on how to get more out of them. try this one from the Character Comma.

Random Writing Prompt Generator | The Character Comma
Explore 100+ unique writing prompts for character development, new stories, fanfiction, & more with our random writing prompt generator.

Writing Exercises has several tools for helping the stuck or struggling writer. There is a children's section for younger writers.

Writing Exercises and Prompts
Break through writing blocks with free creative writing exercises and prompts.

Seventh Sanctum is ancient in internet terms. As well as many short generators for roleplaying games it has a section for Writing Generators.

Seventh Sanctum: Writing Generators
Seventh Sanctum’s generators for writing prompts and inspiration!

Some writers find visual prompts to be more inspiring. Pinterest has categories for nearly everything. For something more focused I've created Story Icons for the Cyberpunk genre.

Finishing Up

For more info about a couple of creators behind the sites I've done gaming focused interviews with Ameronis of RanGen and Steven of 7th Sanctum.

What Writing Prompts have you used?

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Duncan is an aspiring creative nomad, who publishes random lists and tools for roleplaying games. Hobbies include salsa, games, books, podcasts, languages and history.
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