Creative Writing Prompts for October

"Zombie fingers" cookies. Halloween ...

“Zombie fingers” cookies. Halloween party, New Orleans. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stuck for something to write about? When it comes to fiction, sometimes the initial idea is the hardest thing of all. Here are some suggestions, aimed at high school level, all themed around the month of October.

What If. What if everyone had six fingers on each hand instead of five. Would the world be different? Would we still count in tens? Imagine a world that’s different from ours and write about it.

Yellow. Choose three things that are colored yellow, and write a story involving all of them.

The Pirate’s Ghost. Write a ghost story about a pirate, the color yellow and the number 10.

The Halloween Party. Write a story about a halloween party that goes wrong, or right, depending on your point of view. 

The Zombie’s Diary.  Your protagonist is a zombie. Write about a day in his or her life.

A Scary story. Write a really scary story about something you can see in the room right now.

Spoof. There are many spoof horror stories around at Halloween, often because there are so many horror cliches. Pick as many as you can from this list, put them all together in a story designed to make people laugh.

  • Creepy kids
  • Old Victorian Houses
  • Cars that won’t start
  • Best friends who insist on going off on their own.
  • Cop’s who are about to retire
  • Dead first wives
  • A scientist who wants to ‘study’ the monster instead of killing it.
  • A female Ph.D. who looks like a supermodel.
  • Teenagers who don’t take advice not to go where they are going.
  • Characters who could just leave, but for some reason stay around to kill the bad guy instead of getting help.
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Creative Writing Prompts for September

English: Blue rose.

English: Blue rose. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Sapphire‘s Curse. You, or your protagonist, have just acquired a legendary gemstone with an associated curse.  How did you get it? What will you do with it? Write the story!

The Necklace. You inherit the home of your Great Great Aunt. In the house there is a portrait of her wearing a fabulous necklace. Her will seems to say the gems have been hidden, but she has left clues so you, and only you can find them. What happens?

Blue. Write a story about the color blue. You can do anything with this, write a story where the color blue is important, or be more abstract, turn the color blue into a character. What sort of world does a color live in? Let your imagination go!

The Blue Rose. You, or your protagonist, have succeeded in breeding a genuine, blue rose. Write one of

  1. The story of the rose’s creation.
  2. The story of how you traveled to a lost valley to find it.
  3. The story of how you stole the research from someone else and why
  4. Your journal, explaining why you are now destroying the rose.

My Grandchildren. Imagine your own grandchildren. What will their childhood be like? Write an imaginary meeting between you, aged 70 and your grandchildren.

The Blue Robe. An amazing blue robe has been discovered with magical powers. What can it do? Write about the robe and how people use it.

The storm struck us the night before we were due to gather the harvest. Write about what happened.

Looking for writing prompts? We have lots of high school writing prompts to cover every month of the year.

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Creative Writing Prompts for August

Cover of "Neuromancer"

It happened one night. Your protagonist is driving along a country lane at night. Something dashes across the road in front. They stop to investigate, find nothing and set off again, only to find the car won’t start. Take that simple, every day situation and think about what would happen. Now take the story back 50 years to the 1960s. What would be different? Suppose you went back further, to the 1860s, how would the story go? Pick a point in time and write the story of that night.

It was a dark and stormy night… A famous (or perhaps infamous) story starter. What do you expect from the story? Write a story which entertains, but isn’t quite what you’d expect.

Career Counselling. Write a story about a girl having difficulty deciding on her career path. For some reason she meets her own great great grandmother. How will the conversation go? Will her great great grandmother understand the problem and sympathise? What would she say and why?

First Lines.  Choose one of the following famous first lines, and write your own short story.

  1. The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel. – William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
  2. For a long time, I went to bed early. – Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way (1913; trans. Lydia Davis)
  3. I had the story, bit by bit, from various people, and, as generally happens in such cases, each time it was a different story. – Edith WhartonEthan Frome (1911)
  4. The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. – L. P. Hartley, The Go-Between (1953)
  5. Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person. – Anne Tyler, Back When We Were Grownups (2001)
  6. All children, except one, grow up. – J. M. Barrie, Peter PanLooking for more writing prompts?  We have creative writing prompts for high school students for every month of the year!
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Creative Writing Ideas for High School – July

This months prompts are all about being brief.

  1. In 300 words, tell a story about an empty crib.
  2. Describe a pivotal moment. Your character is about to do something. Tell us who and what they are, how they feel and what they are about to do. You have five hundred words.
  3. Imagine you can see the past. Describe a building from the past as it was then, as it is now, and as it may be in the future, even the far future if you feel it appropriate.
  4. You have found the philosophers stone, you can bring one dead person back to life, and they will live forever. Choose someone you would resurrect and tell the story. What happens? Are the happy to be resurrected? What do they think of the 21st century?
  5. Describe a journey across the desert without using the word ‘hot’.
  6. You’ve been invited to a ball. You have the choice of wearing black, or bright red. Which do you choose? What happens and why?
  7. The world’s most famous ruby has been stolen. Write as the thief or the detective whose job it is to catch him. What happens?
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Creative Writing Prompts for High School – June

Title page of the first quarto edition of Shak...

Title page of the first quarto edition of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, 1600 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Creative writing is difficult. There are at least two aspects to it.

  • Finding something to write about
  • Writing about it
These are actually very different activities and are best done on different days and at different times. If you’re planning a major work of ficttion you need to take your time and think through you’re idea, but if you’re just looking for starting point, something to inspire a short story or essay, we have lots of creative writing prompts for high school age students; one this page you’ll find the prompts themed for ‘June’.

I opened the envelope, and there were two tickets to … Who gave you the tickets? Why? Where will you go? How will you get there? Who will go with you? What will you do? This could be the story of an ideal summer vacation, or a trip in a time machine, a world cruise, a romantic trip, anything. Use your imagination.


All alone on the ocean, the ship is sinking, the radio has failed and in the distance, you can see a storm coming. Who are you? Why are you there? What happens next?


A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream. Write a synopsis of the 21st century version of the story.


A misunderstanding. Using a midsummer night’s dream as inspiration, write a story about a misunderstanding, something that should have happened one way, but didn’t. What happened, who to? Set your story in the present day or the near future.


The longest trip I ever made was … Imagine you’re an explorer in the past, present or future. Write your account of the longest expedition you took part in. Use a fantasy setting if you’d like.


Vacation Paradise. In the future you are  a planet designer. You work with companies who terraform planets so they will be habitable by humans. You’ve been asked to submit a design for the perfect vacation planet. Write your proposal.


Travel by Time Machine. Once again you have a time machine. You can take your summer vacation in any period of history, and you can take one fictional character with you as a companion. OR


You can take your summer vacation in any fictional setting, and take a hsitorical character with you as your companion.


Write the story of what happens, where you go, how you have fun, and who you go with.


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Creative Writing Prompts for High school

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douglas adams inspired “Hitch hikers guide to the galaxy” H2G2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Creative writing prompts for high school students should not be difficult to find, they are all around us, but somehow, when it comes to putting pen to paper, whether you’re a student or a teacher it’s just not so easy. It has to be something that will capture the imagination and let it flow free, otherwise it’s a writing prompt, but not a very creative one.

This article is an index of various others, choose the sort of prompt you’re looking for, go to that page and you’ll be able to download the prompts as a pdf file.

Creative Writing Prompts For January

Here you’ll find prompts of all kinds, beginning with the traditional ‘What I did over the Christmas Break’  to the more fanciful ‘what if’ ideas, what if Father Christmas was an alien? Exercises on starting and keeping a journal, personal or of a fictional character, and stories based on New Years resolutions.

Writing Prompts for February

This months prompts include a number of science fiction ideas inspired by the USA’s President’s Day, and a ‘what if’ around leap day and a couple of ‘oscar’ inspired ideas.

Creative Writing Ideas for March

This months prompts are rather more down to Earth. There a couple of mathematically inspired prompts inspired by pi day (March 14th) and more around the theme of Spring.

Writers Prompts for April

Inspired by the April Fool’s day a number of this months prompts are designed to produce humorous writing. April 21st is Conch Republic Day in Key West, Florida, so there are a number of ‘what if’ alternate history ideas and a couple about taxation.

Fiction writing prompts for May

Many of this months prompts are based around music, though some are designed to celebrate Towel Day, May 25th, the birthday of author Douglas Adams.  Do your students know where their towels are?

Writing Ideas for June

Lots and lots of writing prompts inspired by Shakespeare, beginning, of course, with a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, looking at how Shakespeare’s themes and characters could be updated or moved to a different setting, and of course several about Summer vacations.

Ideas and Prompts for Writing in July.

July is usually all about heat, and the July birthstone is the ruby, so this month most of the prompts are based around ideas of heat and the color red.

Prompts for Writers in August

Named for the Emperor Augustus, many of this month’s prompts are historically based. Can you take a simple situation from the present day and set it in a an earlier time? If so, how would it change? Would the characters be different? Lots of stuff to explore here from changes in technology to women’s rights.

Fiction Writing Prompts for September.

This months prompts are all about harvest, the color blue, precious gems and grandparents.

Creative Ideas for October.

Not surprisingly many of this months prompts are for ghost stories, in honor of Halloween, but we’ve also a number of prompts based on the number 10 and the color yellow.

Creative Writing Ideas for November

Loads of ‘what if’ prompts this month, from ‘what if you could have anything you want’  to stories about priorities and how to set them.

Creative Writing Prompts for December

Most of our writing prompts are about nature or examine natural cycles and the idea of goodwill.

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