Amusing Writing Prompts

If you’re looking for something different to shake your muse out of lethargy, try these unusual prompts from McSweeney’s. They’ve been around for a while, but if you haven’t seen them, it’s worth taking a look. Though they’re clearly tongue-in-cheek, you may decide to write about one of them anyway. Or they might just cause your mind to do a double take and inspire something new.

A couple of examples:

A husband and wife are meeting in a restaurant to finalize the terms of their impending divorce. Write the scene from the point of view of a busboy snorting cocaine in the restroom.

Choose your favorite historical figure and imagine if he/she had been led to greatness by the promptings of an invisible imp living behind his or her right ear. Write a story from the point of view of this creature. Where did it come from? What are its goals? Use research to make your story as accurate as possible.

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2 Responses to “Amusing Writing Prompts”


  1. 1 Lua February 24, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing the link! And I LOVED the photo 🙂

    • 2 stranglingmymuse February 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      You’re welcome, Lua! Those puppies are irresistible, aren’t they? If you click on the photo, you can get a better look. (Warning: major “awwww” factor will result…)
      –Sandy


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