25 writing prompts for fall, because it’s the perfect season to get your creative juices flowing

Fall is the perfect season to write. I’m not sure if it’s the cool weather or the high sugar of all the pumpkin spices, but the second the leaves start to turn I can feel my creative juices flowing. And I bet I’m not the only writer who gets itchy on my quill when fall rolls around.

Fall is a time when stories want to come to life. There are so many places to find inspiration in the fall, from back to school and Halloween to Thanksgiving. Whether you’re writing scary stories or just starting to think about your next novel project for NaNoWriMo in November, now is the time to feed your creative mind. It’s a season where you feel like anything is possible, and one of the greatest parts of being a writer is that with a lot of imagination, everything is possible!

But of course, even in these magical times, starting with a blank page can be difficult. So here are some new writing instructions to get your pen moving and the wheels of your head spinning. Some of these prompts are fall-themed, while others are great any time of year. Whatever type of project you get into, grab your favorite hot drink and write!


Write a Halloween special for your favorite TV show.

Whether it be Gossip Girl Where Game Of Thrones.


What is the REAL reason the leaves change color in the fall?

Is it scientific? Is it magic? Give us the scoop!


Design your own school of magic.

What does it look like? What subjects are taught? Who are the teachers? What is back to school gossip?


Write about your best friend.

Tell us ALL you can about them.


Choose a new playlist. Write something to go with this reading list.

It can be anything: a story, a poem, or you can even just describe what you hear!


Write a scary legend about your neighborhood.

The suburbs can be as scary as the big city!


Tell a fictional story on your Instagram story.

Use this new medium to inspire yourself and be creative!


What happens when the pumpkin spice craze goes TOO FAR?

What kind of dystopian / utopian world do you envision?


Write an acrostic poem.

Remember those in elementary school? The first letters of each line spell a word or a name. But it doesn’t have to be out of date! Be creative and try to challenge yourself.


Write about a Thanksgiving dinner attended by your favorite fictional characters.

Thanksgiving is always a great source for DRAMA!


Describe your commute to work in EXTREME detail.

The sights, the smells, the sounds. After all, you know this route better than anyone.


Write a song from Siri’s or Alexa’s perspective.

It could get scary very quickly.


What would you do if you died and come back as a ghost?


Write a play that begins with a party.

Pizza night? Costume party? You decide!


What is your favorite school supply and why?

Pencil in a writing date with your favorite school supplies.


Describe your favorite coffee without using adjectives.


Write an invented story.

Maybe this will spark the idea for your next detective story.


Write a story about your favorite Shakespeare play.

Put your own twist on it!


Write a scene from your favorite bookstore.

It’s also a good excuse to go to the bookstore. For, you know, inspiration.


Write about a character who has terrible luck.

As they say: there is nothing more fun than the misfortune of others.


Write a piece that uses the word “pumpkin” at least ten times.

Bonus points for different uses!


Write down the worst breakup you can imagine.


Make up your own conspiracy theory.

Or, take one that already exists and write down how it happened.


Write a story that takes place in your high school, but with a completely made-up main character.

Revisit the good old days.


Write a play from a bear’s perspective, just before it goes into hibernation for the winter.

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