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

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


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

Daily Writing Prompts

We know that so many prompts can be a lot to digest at once – so why not have them broken down into a handy daily schedule?

You can sign up for Writers’ Academy updates, and get monthly lists of upcoming writing competitions alongside your daily prompts plan (e.g. January 1st: ‘Write about a murder in a bouncy castle.’). Every month we’ll send you a fresh list of prompts for each day of the month ahead:

Fantasy Writing Prompts

Horror Writing Prompts

Mystery Writing Prompts

Romance Writing Prompts

Sci-Fi Writing Prompts

Writing 101

Okay, so now you’ve got some inspiration – 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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