Random Writing Prompt Generator

Stuck in your story? Trying to develop a character? Looking for fanfiction prompts? Give this random writing prompt generator a whirl and find a prompt that inspires you!

Generator not working? Looking for an accessible alternative? Just prefer the list format? Check out our Writing Prompt List! (includes all the same prompts!)

Writing Prompt Generator - Creative writing prompts for writers

About this Random Writing Prompt Generator:

This random writing prompt generator currently includes 145 unique prompts! Some prompts may include specific pronoun for better clarity, but don’t let that keep you from applying the prompts to whoever you want, however you want.

For best results, think about the possibilities of each writing prompt before clicking again. Even if you don’t end up writing out something for the prompt, simply allowing yourself to consider a question or brainstorm different scenarios gets the creative juices flowing.

Each generated idea is an opportunity and an exercise in creative thinking!

What types of writing prompts are included?

From honing your writing craft to sparking new ideas, this writing prompt generator will randomly select a prompt from all possible results. If you’re only interested in one of these prompt types, please check out this Writing Prompt List and scroll down to the section you’re interested in.

  • Development prompts – Explore and develop your world and character! These writing prompts are designed to make you ask questions you may have never considered. Flesh out pieces of your worldbuilding and add depth to your character arcs and motivations. (List of Development Prompts)
  • Writing craft prompts – Hone your technical skill and push your creativity to the limit. These writing craft prompts set specific rules, requiring creativity, innovation, and out-of-the box thinking in order to fulfill the prompt while meeting all the requirements. It’s a great way to shake you out of your current thinking and approach writing from a new perspective. (List of Writing Craft Prompts)
  • Dialogue prompts – These little snippets of dialogue are perfect for sparking ideas! With only the dialogue for inspiration, try spinning together a scene or interaction that would contain those words. (List of Dialogue Prompts)
  • Story Starter prompts – Take a story starter prompt as your first sentence. Write a scene, interaction, or story that expands from there. (List of Story Starter Prompts)
  • Scenario prompts – Start with a premise, and let your creativity explore the rest! Scenario writing prompts present different situations your characters might find themselves in. If you’re writing fanfiction, these are most likely the prompts that will interest you most. (List of Scenario Prompts)

Last updated: Added 10 new prompts on June 8th, 2021.

Writing Prompt Credit & Sources:

Most of these writing prompts are my own, and many of the novel and character development ones I use regularly for my own novels!

But some of the other prompts were inspired by various places around the web and others were taken with permission by dedicated writing prompt blogs. Credit to:

1 Writer’s Digest
2 Witter Prompts
3 Corvid Knowledge Hoard
4 Creative Writing Prompts

Like what you see from these amazing, creative people? Please check their blogs for more!

If this random writing prompt generator ever stops working, try refreshing the page after about 30 seconds. If the generator is still broken after a few minutes, email me at emilie@thecharactercomma.com and I’ll troubleshoot it as soon as I can! See a full list of writing prompts here.