20 Writing Prompts that are Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away

Believe it or not, it took me forty-eight weeks, four days, six hours, three minutes, and twenty-nine seconds to write the first sentence of my WIP. It took my boss lady only a few seconds, until she let me taste it and saw it made me gag. So she changed it and I didn’t like that one either. She changed it again and that time I loved it, but she ended up changing the rest of the scene so she had to tweak it once again.

I know how grueling it can be to type that first word, so I’ve compiled a list of explosive prompts that will hopefully dynamite through your brain blocks.

1. “Run!”

“I don’t run, I stomp leisurely.”

2. “I told you, I’m not a dinosaur, I’m a flying reptile.”

3. On one rainy, blustery day, our race practically went extinct—except me.

4. “I’m never eating that book again.”

5. Once upon a time, there lived a Becklespinax who didn’t like anybody.

6. When a maiasaura sits on a nest, they hardly expect an Afrovenator to hatch out.

7. Until today, everyone thought theropods were carnivorous.

8. Meeting a Tyrannosaurus with a toothache isn’t exactly the most pleasant experience, especially when you’re the dentist.

9. Iggy the Inkylosaurus was not accustomed to running thirty mph on a ninety-five degree afternoon with a Baryonyx chasing after him.

10. Everyone called it a dragon; I called it a dinosaur.

11. “I thought the name ‘velociraptor’ meant fast?”

“It means quick thinking.”

12. Some people ask for puppies for Christmas; I asked for a Dsungaripterus.

13. “Now is not the time to fossilize.”

14. Out of all the dinosaurs Berfurd had to ask for directions, why’d he have to pick a carnivore?

15. Ride a triceratops, they said. It’ll be fun, they said.

16. It’s not everyday that all the sauropods, theropods, and ornithopods get together for a picnic.

17. Trying to get an Authorosarus out of a bookstore is like trying to get a Saint Bernard out of a peanut butter factory.

18. On April 11, 2020, Dr. William T. Crabgrass discovered a new use for Metriacanthosaurus teeth.

19. Meteor showers are a common occurrence in the createtus period.

20. No one knew why, but for some reason, Winky the Wannanosaurus was terrified of butterflies.

Which prompt was your favorite? What’s the single most interesting first sentence you have ever read? What’s the best first sentence you have ever written?

If you write any stories about these prompts, please send them to me! I’d love to eat them!

12 thoughts on “20 Writing Prompts that are Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind Away

  1. I LOVED THESE SO MUCH! XD I am totally using 10 in my WIP. *nodnodnodnod* “Everyone called it a dragon; I called it a dinosaur.” I have a character who turns into a dragon, and another character who hates that character. And it is totally something he would say. *happy claps* Heheh, I’ll toss you on my beta list if you like. 😛

    Best first sentence read? “There was once a time only God knew the day you’d die.” ~A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes. *flails* Gah that has to be one of the most awesome starting sentences EVER.

    Best first sentence written? Proooobably from Chosen by Fire… Uhm… *hunts for it* “Fire is my only friend.” *pats Jade*

    And yessss, first lines are H.A.R.D. You need to make them memorable, but not random.

    Loved the post! *great applause*

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    1. I’m glad my prompts prompted you. 😉 I love giving humans ideas, but sometimes they don’t always take them. Mariposa, for instance, usually has to be prodded before incorporating my brilliant ideas.

      Wow. I really need to get around to eating one of Nadine Brandes’s books. Do you have a favorite book in that series? Or is that too tough a question? ;P

      I believe your character lacks judgment in choosing friends. Believe me, living with a volcano in your backyard makes me very apprehensive against the operation of combustion. I hope your character is wearing a lot of protective gear.

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      1. YES YOU MUST. Read them all. I read the trilogy over two days… *taps chin thoughtfully* Favorite? But… they’re all so gooood… NOPE. NO FAVORITE. xP Just read all of them. Every single one. Fifty gazillion times. Then read Fawkes. Basically, they are all awesome and you need to eat them. *nodnodnod*

        Heheh, Jade is pretty fireproof. Fun character. Kinda sad though…
        Links to explainations: http://annetteofhiddenknowledge.blogspot.com/2017/11/chosen-by-fire-nano-peek.html


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        1. That’s the one good thing about being a human; you get to enjoy books for two whole days (or more), whereas I devour them in one short, thirty-minute meal. 😠😞

          *goes to check out your posts* Explosive plants? 😮 That sounds…dangerous. Do the seeds smell like gunpowder? 😜 I mean, I’ve never smelled gunpowder so I don’t even know if it has a scent…


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