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Getting started can be the hardest part of anything. Especially writing.
Staring at a blank screen when you’re a freelance writer can make you feel anxious, intimated, overwhelmed and frozen. Start writing – even just one sentence – and it can really help your mind thaw out from writing paralysis.
But where does that one sentence come from? How can you start writing the first sentence if starting to write even one sentence is the problem to begin with?
This is where writing prompts can really help.
A writing prompt is an idea that helps you put some words down on the page to unclog your mind and begin the flow of writing.
Writing inspiration prompts are especially useful for freelance writers. We work for ourselves and frequently aren’t given specific subjects on which to write so we must come up with our own writing ideas. Prompts can inspire the creative process of producing not only immediate writing but ideas for future writing topics as well.
When I start writing even when it’s not easy, I’m sometimes surprised at how much I can end up writing.
Writing prompts are very helpful for freelance writers if you:
- have writer’s block
- feel under pressure
- have run out of topic ideas
- can’t get in the right frame of mind
- don’t feel motivated
- feel like you can’t do it
- feel like you’re not a good writer
- just don’t want to right now.
The best way to become a good writer is by writing.
Choose at least one of these 76 writing topics and start writing. Keep going for at least five minutes. Then keep going some more if you need to or just want to. Soon you should be in a writing groove and able to write what you want to write so you can land the writing jobs you desire.
Most of these inspirational prompts will help you get in a creative frame of mind. Several of the prompts are unfinished sentences that you can complete and then elaborate on with your own thoughts. Some of the prompts give you the opportunity to spend some time writing about feelings and situations in your own life.
You can stick closely to the topic or let your thoughts wander, writing in your stream of consciousness whatever springs to mind.
76 Writing Prompts for Freelance Writers
Completely Creative Writing Prompts
Look out the window and write a story about what you see.
A stranger calls and tells you they need to meet with you immediately in a coffee shop.
You wake up alone in a jungle.
Your cat can talk but he/she speaks only French.
A book you’ve written has just landed on the New York Times bestseller list.
You’ve grown a third arm. What do you do with it?
A creative story about the last insect you saw.
What happens to the sun when it disappears from the sky?
What happens to the moon when it disappears from the sky?
Your close friend says they have something very important they need to tell you.
You move to your favorite country.
Everyone has disappeared from the world except you.
There are no more police.
Television, internet, phone and radios have become illegal.
Everyone in the world has amnesia except for you.
Everyone all over the world begins staying up all night and sleeping during the day.
Someone gives you a million dollars to invent something. What do you invent?
The sky is green; trees and grass are blue.
You wake up and find the gift of a brand new car with a bow on it parked in your driveway.
The earth is flat.
A new planet is discovered with humans living on it.
Creative story about why your electricity went out in the middle of the night.
Your shoes are able to walk by themselves.
You live inside a bubble.
A story about your favorite work of art.
You’re being paid to create a brand new flavor milkshake.
Someone will give you and your family $10 million but only if you leave your country and never come back.
You wake up in the morning and find out you’re famous and everyone knows who you are.
You’re a professional dancer with stage fright.
You receive the most important piece of mail you’ve ever gotten in your life.
Animals rule the world and people belong to them.
You’re able to write ten books in one day. What are they about?
You have been elected mayor of your town or city.
People begin moving to another planet to live.
You are a child math prodigy.
All the music disappears from the world.
You are a bird.
If you had a television show, what would it be about?
You have one absolutely perfect day. What happens?
People communicate in every way but verbally.
You travel constantly, never stopping.
People sing instead of talking.
Electronic devices don’t exist anymore.
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Complete the Thoughts
My favorite meal is…
I am really good at…
I wish people would…
My favorite thing is…
The best day in my life was…
My next door neighbor is…
The earth is…
I will never again…
The best day I ever had at school, I…
Real Life Writing Prompts
The first time you and your best friend met.
Close your eyes and write about what you hear.
The twinkling stars in the sky.
Write about your last dream.
Your very favorite location in your country.
Write a summary of the last television program you watched.
How does winter make you feel?
Your dream travel destination.
What you want to be doing five years from now.
Write about the person you most admire.
Write a letter to the person you love the most.
Tell the story of your first love.
How do you feel when you’re outside?
Write about why people need each other.
Everything you want to accomplish in the next year.
The most fun you’ve ever had.
The most important thing you ever learned.
Write about your favorite season.
What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
Your first happy memory.
How you would feel to succeed at your dream job.
The most amazing day you can imagine.
I hope these writing prompts not only help you start writing but also help you become so used to writing that you don’t need prompts anymore.
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