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300 Prompts to Help Jumpstart your Writing Career

300 Prompts to Help Jumpstart your Writing Career

Today we will be sharing 300 prompts to help jumpstart your writing career. We all know that writing can be quite challenging. Even people who are bursting with ideas may find they either don’t know how to get them off the ground or struggle with expanding their forte. Writing prompts can be simple or complex (e.g. Cats & Dogs vs. Why we should help others more). The purpose for writing prompts is to act as a base for producing a written piece that utilizes the elements within and related to a particular idea. In simpler terms, you could consider writing prompts as ideas used as talking pivots.

They can be a great exercise for kick-starting your brain into generating ideas and can help you understand how to write for different formats such as political articles and interesting stories. The education system usually considers there to be three main types of writing prompts: (a) the persuasive type, (b) literary responses, (c) narration. The first type is an opinion piece, the second is not opinion – and you must demonstrate that the conclusion you put in the piece, is actually evidenced within the text that is being analyzed, and the third type can either be some kind of fictional story, or a spin if it is politically related. Though we will be using more categories than that, understanding the aforementioned can help you understand the approach you need to take with the actual execution of writing with the prompts contained in this article.

There are many opportunities for writers out there, but with the demands of the age we live in; being able to write for different formats or clients can help increase your likelihood of employment. If you’re a writer who would prefer to focus more on a specific genre or style, however, we think you can still find something useful within our list to help light your spark. The following list will be categorized into overarching topics, and then each prompt itself will follow a more precise pivot.

300 Prompts to Help Jumpstart your Writing Career

Simple prompts (neutral):

The following are simple and neutral prompts. They make for a good icebreaker to this exercise since most people will be able to relate to the majority of them in some way. These tend to be subjective pieces, so be creative. A tip we have for you is to take some time and think about how something or someone makes you feel and try to translate that in a way someone else – who doesn’t know you – could understand.

  1. My friends
  2. My fears
  3. Being alive
  4. Superheroes
  5. Mindfulness
  6. Anger
  7. Life changing
  8. Pet peeves
  9. My pets
  10. My favorite things
  11. Trust
  12. College
  13. Assuming
  14. Sad things
  15. Inspiring things
  16. Following dreams
  17. Hard jobs
  18. Fun job
  19. Dream jobs
  20. My career
  21. Dating
  22. Failing Marriage
  23. Successful marriage
  24. Songs
  25. Hobbies
  26. Driving
  27. My parents
  28. Listening
  29. High school
  30. Bikes
  31. My success
  32. I remember
  33. Food
  34. Good behavior
  35. Bad behavior
  36. Clichés
  37. Cleaning
  38. Coping
  39. Working hard
  40. My value
  41. Workouts
  42. Flowers
  43. Trees
  44. Fish
  45. Teaching
  46. Technology
  47. Computers
  48. The future
  49. Time machine
  50. Changing the past
  51. Aliens
  52. Arguments I won
  53. Arguments I lost
  54. Good times
  55. Sleeping
  56. Race cars
  57. Regrets
  58. Watches
  59. Fishing
  60. Self defense
  61. Why I smoke
  62. Lunches
  63. Idea for a new movie
  64. TV I like to watch
  65. My radio stations
  66. Playing instruments
  67. My accomplishments
  68. List of goals
  69. Important movies
  70. Video Games
  71. If I were a movie actor
  72. When I’m lonely
  73. How I learn
  74. I’ve visited
  75. I lived in…
  76. Place I want to go
  77. My styles
  78. My crazy life
  79. My quiet life
  80. Things I would say to…
  81. Never giving up
  82. Being a good person
  83. Using failure as success
  84. My obstacles
  85. The beach
  86. Taking risks
  87. Growing up
  88. What I was like
  89. Cruise ship
  90. Space travel
  91. Time management
  92. Task lists
  93. Authors I like
  94. Cool professions
  95. Coaching
  96. Lost contacts
  97. Reunions
  98. Sports
  99. Shoes
  100. Snacks
  101. Stores
  102. Hygiene
  103. Funniest moments
  104. Photographs
  105. Running
  106. I miss
  107. Looking ahead
  108. Comfort
  109. Emotions
  110. Injuries
  111. Surviving
  112. Parties
  113. Being ignored
  114. Mean people
  115. I was mean
  116. Loss
  117. Silver lining
  118. Jealousy
  119. Entitlement
  120. Cheering
  121. Comics
  122. The afterlife
  123. Planets
  124. Saying goodbye
  125. Wishes
  126. Cursing
  127. Superpowers
  128. Appreciation
  129. Rainbows
  130. Wonders
  131. Elves
  132. Dragons
  133. Wizards
  134. Warriors
  135. Tiny things
  136. Large things
  137. Magic spells
  138. Rollercoasters
  139. Bad guys
  140. Cool names
  141. My community
  142. Acquaintances
  143. Broken promises
  144. Kept promises
  145. Cacti
  146. Breaking silence
  147. Forgetting
  148. Shallow
  149. Deep
  150. Talking to Strangers
  151. Inspirational people
  152. Feats
  153. Puzzles
  154. Being perceptive
  155. Social Media
  156. Communication
  157. Senses
  158. Correcting mistakes
  159. Taking advice
  160. Giving
  161. Receiving
  162. Distractions
  163. Productivity
  164. My habits
  165. Waiting
  166. Rushing
  167. Electricity
  168. Magnets
  169. Black lights
  170. Organizing
  171. Shapes in clouds
  172. Interviews
  173. Sacrifices
  174. Payback
  175. Scary movies
  176. Bad movies
  177. Important books
  178. Smart decisions
  179. Flying on planes
  180. Glasses
  181. Playgrounds
  182. If I were a Rock Star
  183. If I were a wolf
  184. If I were the Sun
  185. The answer to life
  186. Short stories
  187. Documentaries
  188. My pockets
  189. Funerals
  190. Convincing others
  191. Holding my breath
  192. My records
  193. Big meals
  194. Delicious feasts
  195. Hotels
  196. Motels
  197. Good emails
  198. Bad emails
  199. Winning
  200. Losing
  201. Magic
  202. Proving wrong
  203. Proving right
  204. Me and comedy
  205. Helping others
  206. A trophy I won
  207. Ironies
  208. Allergies
  209. Chinese rooftops
  210. Treasure
  211. Hunting
  212. Museums
  213. Self-reflection
  214. Cultural norms
  215. My quirks
  216. Jury Duty
  217. Donut munching
  218. Summer camp
  219. Gossip
  220. Soup
  221. Birds
  222. Paper
  223. Roads
  224. Knowledge
  225. Power
  226. Decore
  227. Cheeses
  228. Policies
  229. Presidents
  230. Water
  231. Cards
  232. Appearances
  233. Insurance
  234. Homes
  235. Personalities
  236. Freedoms
  237. Attitudes
  238. Employers
  239. Employees
  240. Justice
  241. Coincidences
  242. Revolutions
  243. Charities
  244. Trash
  245. Impressions
  246. Design
  247. Money
  248. Chemistry
  249. Stretching
  250. Dancing

Analytical responses:

In this segment, we will include quotes from real people and literature & movies. You may want to find more than what is quoted here to help with context; Google should be effective. Usually, the objective here is to test your ability to derive accurate conclusions about the message from the evidence within what was said. However, some of these require understanding the context more than the actual words use, so try to use your intuition only when evidence is lacking.

  1. On October 22, 1962, JFK addressed the nation regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis. In it, he says, “Our goal is not the victory of might but the vindication of right-not peace at the expense of freedom, but both peace and freedom, here in this hemisphere, and we hope, around the world. ” What is the connection with the goal, peace, and freedom?
  2. Marie Curie was a famous physicist who discovered Radium. This is one of her quotes, “A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.” According to that statement, what is an important quality a Scientist should have?
  3. In the movie, The Matrix – Morpheus says “You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” How can this be reflected in the real world?
  4. Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump says, “My mom always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” What is the life philosophy implied here?
  5. In 12 Years, a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor says, “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” Explain what is the difference and provide an example.
  6. From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” What does this say about the boundaries we set with friends?
  7. President Snow in the Hunger Games, “Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous.” What is he afraid that the districts might think of?
  8. In the Lego Movie, the theme song is Everything Is Awesome!!! What do you think that means about things and people in life?
  9. – to sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, for in this sleep of death what dreams may come…”What does Hamlet weigh here and what is he afraid of?
  10. Albert Einstein, “Real sign of intelligence isn’t knowledge; it’s imagination” What does this mean in terms of understanding the world?
  11. Gandhi, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” What approach should we use in regards to natural resources according to this quote?
  12. Albert Camus, “It was previously a question of finding out whether or not life Has to have a meaning to be lived. It now becomes clear, on the contrary, that it will be lived all the better if it has no meaning” What does this mean in terms of our freedom to live the way we see fit?
  13. Epicurus, “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” What does this say about gratitude?
  14. Walt Disney, “Too many people grow up. That’s the trouble with the world… They don’t remember what it’s like to be twelve years old.” What are the important traits implied here that people end up losing as adults?

Controversial prompts:

The great thing about controversial prompts is that there are usually multiple positions or stances someone can hold. This means you can invert some of the following prompts to suit the perspective you want to write about. The important thing to remember about this type of exercise is the ability to understand all sides to best support the position you are writing for. If you want to test or improve your ability further, try and see how strong of an argument you can make for a position that is different from your own.

Political and economic controversies:

  1. Capitalism is failing
  2. Universal healthcare works
  3. The second amendment is the most important amendment
  4. Pro-life is morally superior to Pro-choice
  5. Animals should not be considered as food for humans
  6. Money shouldn’t be involved in politics
  7. Communism is always doomed to fail
  8. The electoral college is unnecessary or unethical

Controversies of historical events:

With these prompts, it will benefit you to look at the most popular theories/hypotheses related to the subject before you write your argument. Try to find facts that help support the reasoning you use. Remember, you don’t have to outright prove anything for these pieces, but they will fare better with substantive backing. Again, feel free to reverse the conclusion.

  1. JFK was assassinated by the CIA
  2. The Berlin Wall was a justified action by East-Germany Authorities
  3. The Watergate Scandal is a prime example of abuse of power
  4. The trail of tears was a crude and unnecessary event
  5. The atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary tragedies

Controversies regarding religion:

  1. The religious are happier than the non-religious
  2. The separation of Church & State is a two-way street
  3. There is the one true religion (with all the rest being false)
  4. Life has meaning with or without a divine power
  5. Believers are obligated to ‘save’ non-believers

Scientific controversies:

This category should challenge your ability to research facts and your ability to stay objective. While part of the purpose of writing scientific articles for the public is to spark interest through awe and intrigue, simply ignoring information or twisting it can be seen as unethical.

  1. A glass of red wine a day will help keep the doctor at bay
  2. Quantum mechanics means that an infinite number of worlds exist
  3. Recreating the dinosaurs is possible
  4. The mass extinction 65 million years ago wasn’t extrinsic (giant asteroid)
  5. Vaccines are harmful and can cause Autism
  6. Viruses count as life
  7. Consciousness can be fully understood through science

Environmental controversies:

Most people will agree that the environment is important. However, there are disagreements about what issues are real and which ones are the most important. This is another subject where it really helps to have substantive backing, so research is a good idea if you have the time.

  1. The EPA does a good job of cleaning up Superfund sites
  2. Global Warming is real and should be dealt with now
  3. Nuclear power is a safe energy solution
  4. Deforestation is not that harmful
  5. Hydropower isn’t a completely ethical option

Controversies surrounding the Entertainment industry:

With so many different people, traditions of etiquette, and competing ideas for acceptable and unacceptable ways of expression in the entertainment industry; there is plenty to talk about when it comes to the things we enjoy and their roles and influence within our society. These prompts provide an outlet for voicing what makes sense to you when it comes to controversial aspects of this topic.

  1. Video Games can cause violence and crime
  2. Sex-related movies shouldn’t have a stricter age limit than violent movies
  3. Characters don’t have to be played by actors/actresses of the same ethnicity
  4. Representation of women in media is ethically questionable
  5. Representation of men in media is ethically questionable
  6. Certain things or ideas should be universally censored in all media

With these 300 prompts, we hope you will have plenty of fodder for brainstorming and practicing. The important thing to remember is the ability to be flexible and being able to change from factual writing to creative writing and vice versa.

Thanks for reading, and please share your thoughts in the comments, and remember to have some fun when writing.

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