Daily Theme Writing Prompts

Lacking inspiration? Here are five writing prompts from Figment’s Daily Themes. Want more? Sign-up to receive a daily prompt to your inbox.


January 14, 2013 – Opening Line

“It was happening. It was real. It was tonight.”

Use this trio of lines as inspiration for a short story or poem.


January 15, 2013 – The Best

Only one person in the world can be the best at something. One highest jumper. One fastest runner. One with the shiniest hair. One tallest.

Give your character one thing that he or she is best at. If it is something well-known and valued, like singing, how does this change his or her life’s path? If it is something small, like pouring the perfect amount of sugar into coffee, or the fastest shoe-tyer in the land, how does that change things?


January 16, 2013 – Iambic Pentameter

Even though it has fallen out of fashion (Shakespeare is a hard act to follow), iambic pentameter is often praised for mimicking the ebb and flow of natural speech.

Write a dialogue-heavy scene between two or more people. Write all direct speech (anything in quotation marks) in iambic pentameter.Need a quick refresher on iambic pentameter? Wikipedia has a great article.


January 17, 2013 – Living Through it

Accurate writing can take a lot of research to recreate experiences and locations you’re unfamiliar with. Or, you can draw from personal experience and write about a situation that you’ve experienced in real life.

You have two options for today’s prompt. First option? Fictionalize something you’ve experienced by writing it from a character’s perspective. Make sure to account for differences in the character’s reactions and responses–don’t just transcribe your life! Second option? Spend a quick fifteen minutes researching something you’ve never done or somewhere you’ve never been. Write a brief scene that incorporates your research. Make sure the focus is still the narrative of the story–you’re not reporting facts!


January 18, 2013

Photo prompt: Write a poem or story inspired by the scenario in this photograph.

USA from space at night

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