I am one of the many people who want to write a book in their lifetime but I find it very difficult to get going and write that first word paragraph or page. So if you need a kick start to get your inventive juices flowing then use one of my many composing prompts written below.
The best way to use the prompts is as follows- - Try and use them in order without reading ahead. - Only pass on one if you really get no inspiration from the prompt. - Dont feel you have to write loads for each idea or starting point simply start composing and stop when you run out of ideas or stop enjoying yourself
I hope the prompts are helpful --
Starting Points 1-25
1 Imagine you are Henry VIII King of England and its year 1537. Write a letter to the woman you would like to marry in Ye Olde English. Or imagine yourself as the woman and write a diary piece on how you felt receiving such a letter from the King of England knowing the last Queen was beheaded.
2 Imagine you are walking home in the dark after you have stayed late at work or school and you notice someone is following you. Jtw messier pro live deep sky viewer What do they look like Do you recognise them How do you know they are following you How do you feel and what do you do Do you try and hide or run away or do you confront them
3 Write a short story involving yellow shoes. For instance are they a gift did you find them or did you buy them Do they have secret powers Perhaps they fell from the sky and hit you on the head
4 Write a short story where the first sentence is The trouble really began early that morning when no-one noticed that the pilot scheduled for Flight 215 was 4 times over the alcohol limit for flying...
5 Base a story around a random fact you know such as Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older A snail can sleep for three months or The electric chair was invented by a dentist etc etc
6 Write a story where the first words are Little did James know what that drink contained and the last word is caught.
7 Imagine a real-life Cluedo murder - where was it committed When How Describe the murderer the motive and what evidence led to the murderer being caught For instance was it Mrs White in the drawing room after she mistook Col. Mustard for her husband Try and be as creative as possible.
8 How would you imagine the hero of a Hollywood blockbuster to look How did heshe save the day What do you imagine the heros home life to be like What are their hobbies Where does the hero live Does heshe live in the rough part of town or are they rich Is heshe really lonely Does the hero do the crossword in their spare time
9 If you could trade lives with anyone for the day who would it be What do you imagine the day to be like Who would you meet What do you like most about being that person
10 If you could change one thing about how the human species looks what would you change Would you have wings so you could fly Or a wheels on your feet Why would you choose that change and how would it change everyday life
11 Spend upto 10 minutes writing a story using the words- rocket control feet resonated cloud doctor language ladder
12 If Elvis took over as school headteacher what would the school be like
13 I found the strangest thing in my pocket today.....
14 Think of a celebrity you had a crush on when you were younger or still do and imagine they took over as your boss. How would you act What would change Would it make you happier or not
15 You go to a swimming pool but before you swim you go to put your belongings in a locker - and inside the locker is something unusual someone has left behind. What is it How does it affect your day
16 She seemed like such a lovely lady. Who would have thought she was really...
17 Imagine your favourite character from a book started in your year at school or became a work colleague.
18 Youre the only person on a train late at night when suddenly it stops in an isolated place for no reason. The door opens and a man comes through the door and places a cardboard box on the floor before walking back out again. The doors shut and the train continues. What do you do
19 You and you alone are told you have one day of freedom left before the Earth is blown into oblivion by an alien species. What would you do with your last day of freedom You have a teleporter and an endless supply of money just for that one day but you must remain on Earth.
20 You go to a restaurant and your meal arrives with a dead cockcroach. What do you do and what do you say
21 You receive a telephone call from someone you would never have expected to call. Who is it What do they say Does it change your life
22 Tell a story about a bad hair cut.
23 If you could create a uniform for a group of people to wear such as McDonalds workers air hostesses MPs etc what would you choose
24 If you threw a dinner party which 6 people would you invite It can be anyone in the world fictional or real alive or dead. Explain your reasons and say what questions you would want to ask your guests. Who do expect to get on and who wouldnt get on
25 If you could create a secret club what would it be called Who would be allowed in How would you get invited to join What are the benefits of joining Is there a particular uniform or strange joining ceremony What happens at meetings How do you keep it secret - where do you tell people youre going Where do you meet
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26 Think of a famous actor or actress - imagine they havent made it yet and write about the pain of rejections at audition after audition struggling for money trying to keep the dream of hitting the big time alive. You can write about them getting their big break too if you like.
27 Imagine you are in the reality show Big Brother - What are your housemates like Do you like them or are they your worst nighmare Whats the best and worst thing about being inside the house What do you do to occupy yourself Have you been given a task
28 Think of and describe a new animal which has been discovered deep in the rainforest deep underground or perhaps at the bottom of the ocean. Whats unusual or shocking about it What does it look like and what does it eat to survive Has it got any special characteristics or skillspowersabilities
29 Pick one word in the dictionary randomly put it in Google images and write a story involving something on the first page of images.
30 Describe a school prank youve carried out witnessed or made up. Describe the reactions and consequences of the prank. Why was it done Did it have the required effect Did you feel guilty
31 Use the first line from a book you have in your bookcae to start off a story of your own.
32 Write a story with the title Phantom Quest
33 In your head randomly think of 3 numbers between around 1 and 500. Look at the according pages of the dictionary and pick a word of each page. Include all of them in a story.
34 Youre at a shopping centre by yourself treating yourself to a shopping spree and just before you leave for the day you go to the toilet and end up locking yourself in the cubicle. Youre trapped calling for help for about half an hour before deciding your best bet is to climb over the door. When you get out you realise the shopping centre is closed the main doors are locked theres no-one around and many of the lights have been turned off. What do you do
35 You are at a theme park early evening just before the park closes for the night and you go on the ghost train with a friend. Half way through the ride you turn to look at your friend and realise shes not there. What do you do
36 Youre walking your dog in the woods one day when you find a case resting against a tree. Your curiosity gets the better of you and you open it to discover its stuffed full of money. What happens next What do you do
37 During a trip to the beach you find something in a cave in the cliff. What is it Is it good or bad Is it a body perhaps or a weapon or pirates treasure What do you do with it
38 You are out in a rowing boat on your own on a lake when you see a shadow move beneath you. What happens Are you scared Is it dangerous or do you befriend it What does it look like Do you keep it a secret or tell the media
39 Seen Indiana Jones the Temple of Doom Well imagine you are Indiana and describe the booby traps and obstacles you find in your way as you attempt to find a long-lost solid gold statue in an ancient temple.
40 Imagine you decide to have a look around the empty derelict house at the end of your street - which has aparently been unoccupied for many years after the evil witch who lived there died. What does it look like inside and out and what peculiar things do you find
Jtw messier pro live deep sky viewer Introspection is an ancient practice used for many years that seeks to help you look for a calm and enjoyable center as you take the time to escape from the harsh busy stress with the every day world and of daily life. Though life can get hectic i am not saying that you should never receive a break from the phenomenon of it all. Whether you are having troubles at the office or with particular relationships or with normal folks you know and cannot handle you need to find a way to get away from it once in a while in the interest of keeping yourself sane. In fact when a body is far too worn out by tension and worry then it reduces your immune systems ability to save you from sickness and makes you far more likely to long term contract some cold as well as ailment that will only bog you down therefore making you even more stressed out at the end of the day.
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