Writing Prompts (update)


I don’t usually enjoy retreading an archive post, but the prompts I threw together were rolling around in my cranial cavity. Playing with words is fun for me, so I couldn’t help but rework some of the previous notes.

The Metro.

A place? A person? A method of transport? Whichever gives the most positive vibes.

High school.

What they didn’t know was how high. It was high enough that if you failed you might fall, and if you fell, you might never come back. After anyone looked down from the edge, they decided failure was not an option.


Which type? The lonely writer? The stuffy author? None of the above. The fortune cookie writer! “You have a magnetic personality.”

Clear tape.

Erase all evidence. Flee the vicinity. They know too much. The secret mission is no longer a secret.


And charity.


Want to do your own writing to the prompts? Here is a list of seventeen writing prompts. If the seventeen below aren’t enough for you, use the five above as well. When writing to a prompt, you can really do any kind of style you want. What does the prompt bring to your mind first? Do you instantly get a storyline in your head? Do you reminisce about something? Does the prompt throw you in a completely different direction? All of these are acceptable. Write whatever you want!

  1. Malt mash
  2. Razor burn
  3. Drive-in
  4. Frontal lobe
  5. Half staff
  6. Sexually healthy
  7. Gauntlet
  8. God’s gift to women
  9. Cat in the box
  10. Goat farm
  11. Chocolate covered
  12. Fat rat
  13. Perceptual sphere
  14. Anger issues
  15. Race track
  16. Plastic skeleton
  17. Right on

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at xenosthesia.com or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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