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Stay Creative with Stone Soup

Our Weekly Creativity prompts challenge you to make a piece of writing (a poem, a journal entry, a story outline, a review) or art, or music, or a spoken word recording, or other piece of creative work. All the prompts we have written are brought together on this page – see below. The first prompt of the month is also a Flash Contest!

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Creativity Prompts

Who is telling the story? Try playing around with point of view. Write an outline for a short scene with two characters in conflict (it doesn’t have to be too serious, they could just be disagreeing over who gets to use the bathroom first or eat the last piece of ...
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Write a story about a villain who is unaware they are the villain ...
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Think about your favorite fictional character, and imagine what will happen to them ten or twenty years after the story they are part of is over. Feel free to think outside the box–what will happen to Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen once they're forty-something? ...
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Write down 5 ideas for some impossible characters - space frogs, singing clocks, walking cactuses - the more unlikely the better. Pick 2 of them. What would happen if they met? Write a story about it ...
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What if a misplaced letter in a word changes everything? A story about someone who wins a million dollars would be very different if they actually won a million collars; a painting of a world under the sea  would look very different to a world inside a pea. Play around ...
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Write about your past self–your babyhood, toddlerhood, or younger childhood. Think about what it would be like to be that age. You can work from memories, ask people about their memories, or make stuff up. Anything goes ...
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Who is your reader? And how do you want that reader to feel? Pick a news topic that you feel passionate about. Choose your reader (an adult, a younger child, someone just like you), and the emotion you want them to feel (e.g. joy, anger, excitement). Write a paragraph about ...
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Think about what the world might be like in ten, fifty, or one hundred years. Write about what it would be like to grow up during that time. Who would you live with? Where would you go to school? What would your friendships be like? Describe this scenario with as ...
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Write a mystery story. Think about the arc of your story, and plan out the actions and motives of the characters. Does the reader know something the characters don’t, or is the reader in the dark until the end? Think about how the mystery might unfold for the different characters ...
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Sometimes a plot turns on a mistake or a miscommunication. What if the crucial email, letter, text or phone message never arrived? It could be a disaster, or it might mean a lucky escape. Write a story where an important message never got through, and that changes the outcome for ...
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