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We’ve collected a huge list of the best creative writing prompts and story starters submitted by readers and writers on our creative writing courses.

Sorted by genre, we hope these fantastic short story ideas will give you the jump-start you’ve been looking for.

Prompts for Writing Specific Genres

If you’re looking for a specific genre, you can use the links below to jump to different categories of story prompts:

Writing Prompts for Fantasy

Horror Writing Prompts

Mystery Writing Prompts

Romance Writing Prompts

Sci-Fi Writing Prompts

Writing 101

Okay, so now you’ve found a writing prompt or two – but what if you’re having problems writing characters, dialogue or setting?

Well don’t worry, because we’ve put together a hub of all the writing resources and practical tips you need to work towards becoming a better writer.

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