October 17, 2018

Beat the Blank Page With These Weird Writing Prompts

by Ryan

Welcome! I've written some of my favorite stories with simple writing prompts that have encouraged my imagination to come up with things I probably wouldn't have come up with otherwise. Check back each week for new writing prompts, or sign up for Readinary to receive my weekly emails and get the prompts in your inbox along with my latest posts. I've also set up a simple submission page you can use to suggest writing prompts.


Latest Writing Prompt

Pick two authors, living or dead, and imagine that they co-wrote a story together. What would it be? Write it. #writingprompt

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Prompt courtesy Ryan M. Williams, author of Europan Holiday. Imagine if Lovecraft and Heinlein wrote a Christmas story.

Europan Holiday

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Previous Writing Prompts

Check here for previous prompts you might have missed.

What does your strange neighbor, the one that walks their dog at 4 a.m., do for a living? #writingprompt

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Prompt courtesy Ryan M. Williams, author of The Task of Auntie Dido.

The Task of Auntie Dido

Pick an object around you—that's the murder weapon. #writingprompt

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Write about your doppelganger, what makes them different from you? #writingprompt

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Invasion of the Book Snatchers

Write about an insect that scares you. #writingprompt

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Prompt courtesy Ryan M. Williams, author of The Gingerbread House.

The Gingerbread House

Draw seven Scrabble tiles and make a word. Replace the tiles used and make another word. Use those two words for your story. #writingprompt

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Prompt courtesy Ryan M. Williams, author of Dark Matters.

Dark Matters

Pick a favorite food. Now give it a curse. #writingprompt

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Prompt courtesy Ryan M. Williams, author of Stowaway to Eternity.

Stowaway to Eternity
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Ryan M. Williams lives a double life as a full-time career librarian and a multi-genre writer with over twenty books. He writes across a range of genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, mystery, horror, and romance. He earned a Master of Arts degree in writing popular fiction from Seton Hill University and a Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose University. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies from Pocket Books, WMG Publishing, and in On Spec Magazine.

Ryan M. Williams

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