20 writing prompts to start your summer writing


Summer is the prime time for creative writing. With school on hiatus and the sun shining, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and pick up some paper. Maybe this summer you can finally get down to a big project, or maybe you want to relax with some fun experiences.

When I was in school I always started every summer vacation by heading to my favorite cafe for a happy night of writing for me. Summer means you can really have some freedom with your writing. This summer, challenge yourself to hold nothing back.

But even as exciting as summer writing is, I know that sometimes writing can seem impossible. We all have these days when nothing can come out. Hopefully, these writing instructions will get your pen moving and spark ideas for your summer projects. And remember, just putting something (anything!) On the page is already a huge accomplishment.

Poetry? Short stories? Maybe even a novel? Whatever type of writing you prefer to do, these writing instructions are sure to get your creativity flowing. Of course, don’t hesitate to adapt them in the way that best suits your creativity. Happy writing!


Send your characters on the ultimate summer journey. No budget, no limits. Where would they go and what kind of problems can they get into?


Randomly choose two of your Facebook friends to rob a bank together. Can they remove it?


Go to the main Wikipedia page. Incorporate something you learn from the featured article into an article.

Click on here for the main Wikipedia page.


Write down your favorite memory from elementary school.


Write a story that takes place in 2050.


Write a story that takes place in one room.


Write about your favorite place in your hometown.


Write an article from the perspective of a marine biologist.


Describe the smell of your favorite food.


You are developing the technology to go to the center of the Earth. What do you find there?


Write an article based on National Geographic’s Photo of the Day.

Click on here to view National Geographic Photo of the Day.


Write a love story between two people who live on the other side of the world. How are they found?


Scientists are discovering a universe like ours, but with one key difference. What are the consequences?


Write a play that uses cartoon physics.


Describe the perfect bath.


Write the kind of article your mother would like to read.

For example, if your mom likes mysteries with a lot of twists, write one just for her.


What object in your home do you use every day? Write about your life from his perspective.


Pick a genre and think about all of its tropes. Now write a story that changes as many of them as possible.


Write a serious article that begins with the word “banana”.


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