Hi, my name is Lily, and I’m addicted to Pinterest.
Specifically, I like to pin interesting writing prompts onto a board, and then never revisit them again. Seriously, who comes up with all these creative ideas? I’m lucky enough to be able to come up with one great idea for a story every millennium or so. I could probably have ten bestselling books right now if I actually just sat down and wrote utilizing these ideas.
Well, move over JK Rowling, because today, I’m actually going to do some writing, using Pinterest prompts as my sole inspiration. To raise the stakes a bit more, I’m going to limit myself to a mere 100 words… who doesn’t love a challenge? If you’d like to join me in this adventure, pick up a pen yourselves- or open a word doc if your hand forgets how to operate a writing utensil- and write along!
We’ll begin with this prompt:
My hand is missing.
It happened so suddenly that I almost didn’t realize. No blood, no cracking of bones. The death of my hand was quick, surprisingly elusive.
I’ve been looking for it all over- under my bed, in the blender (sometimes I accidentally hit the ‘juice’ button at the worst times possible)- but it’s nowhere to be found.
This isn’t the first weird thing that’s happened. My hair falling out in clumps, teeth plummeting from my mouth… it’s all pointing to something more sinister than I care to admit.
The more she improves, the less of me there is.
Next up is a bit of dialogue to get inspired by:
“Good morning,” he said. “I see the assassins have failed.”
I smirked. “You really thought you could get rid of me that quickly?”
He shrugged. “I had hoped to.”
I turned my back to him, returning to my katana. I ran a rag over the glinting blade, soaking up the blood it had reaped from my enemies. “You underestimate me, sir. I will beat every single test you throw at me; I will become the warrior you secretly want me to be.”
“We shall see about that,” he said. “Expect the next killers in thirty minutes. Have a lovely day.”
Now, a bit more of a general one. I chose a character who is feared by all.
Lucifer won’t stop calling me. I swear, if he wasn’t already in hell, I’d send him there straight away.
It’s not like I haven’t been doing my job. There have been plenty of customers considering how often humans like to blow themselves- or each other- up. Practically every few minutes, I have to bounce to some far-off country and swing my scythe around like I’m Babe Ruth hitting home runs. The Middle East was pretty when I first visited, but now I’m getting sick of seeing its blood-spattered streets, hearing the screams.
Maybe I’m just tired of being Death.
Finally, we end with a picture prompt:
He held her head in his hands.
“Close your eyes,” he whispered, “forget the gun. Forget them all.”
The two were standing in the middle of an arena, the enormous crowd shouting slurs down at them. His eardrums thundered with their grating voices, and he tried to instead listen to her ragged breathing.
“I won’t let this be the end,” she said, gripping onto the lapels of his jacket.
He felt the soldier behind him press the handgun harder against his skull, watched the soldier behind her do the same.
He kissed her forehead softly before it all went dark.
As you can see from this exercise, there are all sorts of different prompts to suit your needs. If you’re looking for some dialogue for your story, a picture to set the scene, or just something to journal about, there’s a prompt for you!
I have to say that the hardest part of this experience was writing succinctly. I am oftentimes a long-winded writer, doting on the tiny intricacies of the setting and characters of a story. This exercise showed me that it’s actually not that hard to communicate a lot of detail and information in as few words as possible. If you find yourself to be struggling with cutting down your writing, or are just looking for some interesting story starters, Pinterest writing prompts are a go-to solution. Happy writing!
Check out this Pinterest board for some more writing prompts.