160+ Fun Creative writing prompts for kids & adults

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1. Imagine your best friend is a robot. What adventures do you have together?
2. Your mom sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night. What happens next?
3.How would the world change if a famous historical event had happened differently?
4.Write about a character who desperately needs a miracle
5. Everyone went missing in your neighborhood. Describe what happens next.

The creative writing prompts here can be used by children and adults to explore fun writing ideas.

It will also help tap into children’s imagination. Using fantasy and adventure creative writing prompts children can create short stories.

Creative Writing Prompts for kids:

  1. Fairy Tale Twist: Rewrite your favorite fairy tale, but make your best friend the main character. How would the story change?
  2. Time Machine Adventure: Imagine you found a time machine. Write about your first time traveling and where you go.
  3. Desert Island Survival: You’re stranded on a desert island with one family member. Describe your adventure in as much detail as possible.
  4. Road Trip with Cartoon Characters: Write a story about a road trip where your favorite cartoon characters are your family.
  5. Mystery at School: Create a mystery story set in a high school, where the main character solves the mystery.
  6. Space Adventure: Write a science fiction story about a young boy or girl who discovers a new planet.
  7. Hero’s Diary: Write a diary entry from your favorite superhero’s point of view. What is their everyday life like?
  8. Historical Fiction Journey: Write a story set in your favorite historical period, but with a twist – include modern elements like cell phones.
  9. Animal Companion: Imagine your favorite animal could talk. Write a story about your adventures together.
  10. Lost Heirloom: Create a story about a family heirloom that goes missing. How does the family recover it?
  11. Acrostic Adventure: Write an acrostic poem using ‘best friend’ as the starting point, and turn it into a story.
  12. Haunted House: Write a horror story about a haunted house from the perspective of the ghost.
  13. Superhero School: Imagine a school for young superheroes. What are the classes like? Who is your main character’s best friend?
  14. Fantasy Map Creation: Draw a map of a fantasy world, then write a story about a long journey across it.
  15. Alien Encounter: Write a science fiction story about meeting an alien for the first time. How do you communicate?
  16. Dream Journal: Write a journal entry about the strangest dream you’ve ever had, then turn it into a story.
  17. Time Capsule Discovery: Imagine finding a time capsule from 100 years ago. What’s inside, and what story does it tell?
  18. Favorite Movie Sequel: Write the next story or an alternative ending for your favorite movie.
  19. Life as a Cartoon: If you woke up and everything was like in your favorite cartoon, what would your day look like?
  20. Secret Superpower: Your main character discovers they have a superpower. How do they use it in everyday life?
  21. Magic School: Imagine a school where students learn magic. What is a typical day like?
  22. Lost in a Video Game: Write a story about getting trapped in your favorite video game. How do you escape?
  23. Underwater City: Create a story about discovering a city under the sea. What creatures live there?
  24. Robot Best Friend: Imagine your best friend is a robot. What adventures do you have together?
  25. Journey to the Center of the Earth: Write a story about a journey to the center of the Earth. What do you find there?
  26. Dinosaur Park: Imagine you visit a park where dinosaurs are still alive. Describe your experience.
  27. Magical Bakery: Write a story about a bakery where the pastries have magical effects on those who eat them.
  28. Secret Agent Kid: Write about a young boy or girl who is a secret agent. What mission do they have to complete?
  29. Ghostly Encounter: Write a story about meeting a friendly ghost. What is their story?
  30. Wizards and Witches: Create a tale about a young witch or wizard learning to use their powers for the first time.

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Fun creative writing prompts for kids

Combine the 3 narratives below and form a short story containing all three.

  1. Video game, rocket launch, moon
  2. Movie, robot, big hair
  3. Walking caterpillar, battery, grass
  4. books, Santa Claus, summer
  5. Tree, swing, buildings
  6. A baby, airplane, passport
  7. Tooth fairy, broom, love note
  8. Camping, wolf, loud scream
  9. Horoscope, stars, meteor
  10. Mars, water, big giant hole
  11. Snake, jungle, waterfall
  12. Eagle, Clouds, bad landing
  13. Socks, washing machine, torn into pieces
  14. Speakers, classroom, big bang
  15. Puzzles, Italy, totally lost
  16. Football, stadium, fans
  17. Painting, Picasso, stolen
  18. Golf, big hit, emergency ambulance
  19. Lamp, window frame, sofa
  20. Flower, ants, pandemic

Creative writing prompts for middle school:

Adventure creative writing prompts:

  1. You went camping and saw a bear approaching your tent.
  2. You are stuck in a pirate ship and can’t escape
  3. A CEO of a company resigned and made you the new CEO.
  4. You found yourself inside a video game
  5. You traveled to a new country and lost your passport
  6. You discovered a hidden treasure in your back garden
  7. You found one of Picasso painting in your attic
  8. Write about a character who was born into a rich family but lost all their fortune in one night.
  9. Write about a painting that was discovered in your home that turns out to be worth a million dollars.
  10. Write a story about an escape room
  11. Write a story that begins with the following sentence “I’m afraid this is urgent”.
  12. Write a story that ends with the following sentence “and the bears were never seen again”.
  13. You found a message in a bottle with specific directions and instructions. Explain the journey the message took you on.
  14. Your mom sneaked out of the house in the middle of the night. What happens next?
  15. Write about a protest that happened recently and how that protest is important to you.
  16. Write about a boy who tried different things to earn extra money
  17. You saw a circus and decided to join the troupe. Describe your escape plan
  18. You have been called by the judge to explain your crime in court. You know what you have done. Explain and justify yourself.

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4th grade writing prompts

Sci-fi writing prompts:

  1. The world is now judged based on social media ratings. You discovered your rating score was low. What did you to improve the ratings?
  2. You need to cycle for 12 hours a day to get electricity. The moment you stop cycling you have to restart. How did you break this pattern?
  3. An alien spaceship landed in your back garden. They started communicating with you. What happens next?
  4. You discovered a new planet, but no one believes you. How did you convince the world?
  5. The sun disappeared for a week and replaced by thunder and darkness. What happened to the world?
  6. The world froze. Only 1000 people in a train survived. The train have to keep moving because stopping would mean it will freeze.What happened to that 1000 people in the train?
  7. New VR goggles can transport you back into your childhood. Describe that memory.

Thriller writing prompts:

  1. You kept running in the jungle, but you are not sure what you are running from. All you know is that you are scared. Describe what happens next.
  2. Someone broke in to your house in the middle of the night, describe what happens next.
  3. You were stuck at the museum for one night. Everything came to life.

Creative writing prompts for high school:

  1. Write about your favorite childhood memory
  2. Write about the house you grew up in
  3. Describe the smell in your home
  4. Write about your favorite family holiday
  5. Write about your favorite pet and what it means to you
  6. Write about your favorite season of the year
  7. Describe what a perfect birthday would be like
  8. What are you most grateful about in your life?
  9. Write about how you would introduce yourself in college.
  10. What do you like most about your family?
  11. What is the best thing about growing up?
  12. What is the hardest thing about growing up?
  13. What will you tell your younger self? What do you wish you would have done differently?
  14. Write about the happiest day of your life
  15. What do you miss the most about being a child?
  16. What are your long term goals?
  17. What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
  18. What do you need to do to achieve your dream life?

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  19. How has your childhood shaped the person you are now?
  20. How does your family influence the decisions you make in your life?
  21. Who in your home has the biggest influence on you?
  22. Who do you admire the most in your family?
  23. Write about the people you depend on in your life.
  24. If you could change one thing about your childhood what would it be?
  25. Write about how your family have a good and healthy communication with each other
  26. What do you think are your biggest strengths?
  27. What does it mean to have self-confidence?
  28. How much does physical appearance have an effect on how you feel about yourself?
  29. Write about a journey you learn while trying to love yourself.


Non-fiction short story :

  1. Write about a time when you realise you were doing something wrong
  2. Write about the moment you fought for something you believe in
  3. Write about a struggle you went through in life
  4. Write about the happiest moment in your life
  5. Write about social pressures that you conform too
  6. Write about social ideas that you wish never existed
  7. Write about a popular moral dillema faced by the world
  8. Write about an invention that has high moral values
  9. Write about the moment you realise your life is not going the way you expected it to be.

Fun writing prompts:

  1. Write the end of a story
  2. You received a call from an unknown number that asks you to come to a particular location. What happens next?
  3. Write about a new recipe using materials never been thought about.
  4. Write a story about a shark that was trying to save a human being from drowning.
  5. Write a story in the form of a second person
  6. Write a story about someone who switched place with an old man
  7. Write a story that always go back in time
  8. Write about a character that keeps flying to the sky
  9. Write a story about something weird that happened on a full moon
  10. Write a story about Friday the 13th.
  11. It’s halloween night, not a soul in sight, I hear footsteps, whats that’s coming? Continue the story.

Creative writing prompts for adults:

  1. How would the world change if a famous historical event had happened differently?
  2. How would you rewrite a classic fairy tale with a modern setting, such as a high school or corporate world?
  3. What story unfolds after beginning with the sentence: “The last time I saw her, she was holding a jar of maple syrup”?
  4. What happens when two strangers meet and connect in their favorite book section of a bookstore?
  5. What would a ‘dear diary’ entry look like from someone living 100 years in the future?
  6. What unfolds after your main character finds a cell phone with only one contact listed: “The Truth”?
  7. What happens during a favorite holiday that takes an unexpected turn, leading to a series of comedic or dramatic events?
  8. What would a funny story from the point of view of your favorite food in a busy kitchen look like?
  9. In a world where virtual reality is like real life, how does your main character escape after getting stuck in a video game?
  10. What challenges would someone face if they woke up one day and found they could only communicate in a language they barely know?
  11. How does life change for a character who finds a mysterious to-do list and begins completing each task?
  12. What story would a ghost ask you to write about its life, and what insights into the afterlife and its unfinished business would it offer?
  13. How does discovering a superpower affect a high school student’s daily life and relationships?
  14. What happens when a character stumbles upon a secret society dedicated to preserving historical fiction?
  15. How would you describe a familiar place using all five senses in a short poem?
  16. What does your character find in a time capsule from their younger self, and how does it affect them now?
  17. What kind of romance story unfolds in a cooking class where the main characters bond over their love for food?
  18. What mystery is revealed when your character finds journal entries they don’t remember writing each morning?
  19. What story would unfold about an art thief who steals famous paintings but leaves behind their own works of art?
  20. What is life like for your main character when they wake up in a parallel universe where one key aspect of their life is different?

Health and fitness writing prompts for adults:

  1. Write about the moment you decide to become healthy
  2. What does mental wellness mean to you?
  3. Is digital wellness needed?
  4. What type of digital detox do you need?
  5. What keeps your soul nurtured?
  6. Write about the journay towards mental wellness that you went through
  7. Write about your bad habits
  8. Write about food you need to eat more to be healthy
  9. Write about things you like most about yourself
  10. Write about what it means to be spiritually in bliss
  11. When you hear the term ‘meditation’ how does it make you feel?
  12. Write about toxic things in your life that you should let go of.

Romance and love writing prompts for adults:

  1. What does it mean to be in love?
  2. Can you be happy without being in love?
  3. Describe the moment you fell in love with someone?
  4. Write about the journey of finding a soul mate
  5. Write about the importance of loving yourself
  6. Write about the time you thought you were in love but you are wrong.
  7. Write a story about a person who loves someone who never loved them back
  8. Write about how friendship is important in finding love
  9. Write a love story about a parent and their child.
  10. Write a story about sacrifice
  11. How do you know if you are truly in love?
  12. Write about a girl who is trying to get the attention of a boy but ended up hurting herself.
  13. What does it mean to love someone unconditionally?
  14. Write about a family love story
  15. Write about your first heart brake
  16. Write about the biggest struggle you had to overcome
  17. Write about what you miss the most being single
  18. Write about the importance of self-love

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JOURNAL TOPICSFantasy writing prompts:

  1. Write about a character who desperately needs a miracle
  2. Write about a character who is afraid of living his life. He is afraid to be judged by others and lives in fear of people.
  3. Write about a character who has magic powers. What can the character do and how does the character use the power to do something good in the world.
  4. Write a story about two sisters who were inseparable but had to make difficult life choices of being far from each other.
  5. Your character sailed across the world and found a new island with new species living in it.
  6. Write about a boy who got a dragon as a neighbour.
  7. Your character does not have enough food and patience.
  8. Write about a character who discovered that she is cursed.
  9. Kindness is the new currency in the world. Write a short story about how people spread kindness to earn more money
  10. Write a story about a boy who can teleport
  11. Write a story about a girl who found a magic genie. She could have 3 wishes. What did she wish for?
  12. Write a story about a boy who broke the internet.
  13. Write a story about a boy whose nose kept growing when he lied.
  14. Everyone went missing in your neighborhood. Describe what happens next.
  15. Write about a character who teaches children about magic


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Parven founded Kids N Clicks after obtaining her MSc in Corporate Governance from the London School of Economics. She worked as a business studies and digital marketing lecturer. Internet Matters recognizes her profound knowledge of online safety, dubbing her an Internet safety expert. At Kids N Clicks, Parven keeps abreast of the newest apps. Drawing from her teaching background, she fervently promotes screen-free activities for students and encourages introspective thinking through journaling, games and writing prompts.

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