Writing Challenge #43: Choose a joke and write it as a sad or not funny story or poem.
Writing Challenge #42: Zoom all the way out on google maps then zoom in at random. Describe your journey to your destination and mode of transport.
Writing Challenge #41: Expand on a story told to you by someone else.
Writing Challenge #40: Write a story or poem where every or every other, sentence or line is a question.
Writing Challenge #39: Use the ‘random article’ feature of Wikipedia to find a topic to write about.
Writing Challenge #38: Write a poem or short story and hide a coded message in it.
Writing Challenge #37: What would go into a potion to make someone fall in love with you? Describe the ingredients and why you would need them.
Writing Challenge #36: Interview one of your own or your favourite characters as if they were a celebrity.
Writing Challenge #35: Choose a famous painting you know nothing about and write the story behind it.
Writing Challenge #34: Turn on some music and use the lyrics to start writing and every time you get stuck use the lyrics even if it doesn’t make sense.
Writing Challenge #33: Describe your morning routine but all the inanimate objects are talking to you.
Writing Challenge #32: Find a story from the newspaper and expand on what happened and how the paper got the story wrong.
Writing Challenge #31: Choose 5 letters at random. Now write a short story or poem without using words that start with these letters.
Writing Challenge #30: Describe a relationship you have with someone that could be easily misinterpreted by strangers or people who don’t know you well from their perspective.
Writing Challenge #29: Make your narrator as unreliable as possible.
Writing Challenge #28: Choose something from history big or small and re-write it with a better or worse outcome and the consequences it had on the future.
Writing Challenge #27: Write without using one of the following (verbs (doing words), nouns (naming words) or adjectives (describing words)).
Writing Challenge #26: Write down the title of twenty of your favourite books. Now rearrange the words to make a poem or short story.
Writing Challenge #25: Write about your favourite class in school as if you hated it and about you worst class in school as if you loved it.
Writing Challenge #24: Start with a single word for example dragon and write it in the middle of your page. Then write words that you associate with your word (dragon) around it with lines connecting back to the word (dragon) such as fire, flying, and scales. Then do the same for each of those words.
Writing Challenge #23: Describe a single object using only one sense per paragraph.
Writing Challenge #22: Write a four part/paragraph short story or poem. For your first paragraph write in a fantasy genre, in the second write in a science fiction genre, in the third write in a thriller genre and in the last write in a romance genre.
Writing Challenge #21: Write from the perspective of a character who is not central to the plot or who is not the main hero. For example the side kick or the friend of the character that everything is happening to.
Writing Challenge #20: Write a short story or poem in second person.
Writing Challenge #19: Write the final scene then work backward to where it all began.
Writing Challenge #18: Write about where you are without using what you see only use your other four senses to describe where you are.
Writing Challenge #17: Write a short sentence, now rearrange it as many ways as you can to change the meaning. For example:
Jack and Jill went up the hill.
Up the hill went Jack and Jill.
Jack went up the hill and Jill…
Writing Challenge #16: Pick two random chapters from any book or books. Use the first sentence of one chapter to begin your story or poem and the last sentence from the other chapter to end your story or poem.
Writing Challenge #15: Choose a stranger you saw recently and write a story or poem from their point of view.
Writing Challenge #14: Pick a number for example five. Go to a bookshelf take your fifth book from your bookshelf, go to page five and find the fifth line. Now write a story or poem starting with that line.
Writing Challenge #13: Describe the first time you experienced something.
Writing Challenge #12: Choose a colour now spend five minutes looking around and taking note of things you see that are that colour. Now use your notes to make a story or poem.
Writing Challenge #11: Find two or three ads in a magazine or newspaper. Now write a short story or poem using only the words found in the ads.
Writing Challenge #10: Choose a person you have seen recently but don’t know very well. Now write about an encounter you had with them from their perspective.
Writing Challenge #9: Pick a person you love and a person you don’t like. Write a character with the personality of one person and the physicality of the other.
Writing Challenge #8: Write a fairy tale or other story you’ve read from the villain’s perspective.
Writing Challenge #7: Choose a household object now write a dialogue between you and the object.
Writing Challenge #6: Choose an animal that would make an unlikely pet now write an ad selling it as a pet. For example a boa constrictor or a giant squid.
Writing Challenge #5: Write a letter to your future self, to your past self or to your future children.
Writing Challenge #4: Find a small random object, write about the journey it went on before you found it.
Writing Challenge #3: Describe something you love then describe it as though you hate it.
Writing Challenge #2: Write down every word you can think of to describe a beach and what is on it. Write at least 30. Now write a paragraph or a poem about the beach without using any of those words.
Writing Challenge #1: Write a poem or story where the first letters of each line or paragraph make a word or the alphabet. For example:
Below me lies the ground
I see it as I fly
Ready am I to sing as
Daylight fills the sky