102 One Word Writing Prompts

The mind.

The creative muse.

The universe.

Whatever you believe helps you to be creative and write a story that takes the reader on a journey, let’s give it a helping hand – through just a single word.

Let’s use one single word to spark the imagination, and let creativity take over.

One word not enough to trigger your creative writing?

Ok, fine. How about 102 in quick succession?!

I’ll eat my hat if that doesn’t activate your neurons enough to get a concept for a story bubbling to the surface.

How to use one word prompts?

Creativity has few rules.

And nowhere is that more evident than with writing.

Maybe you want to create short story after short story. Perhaps you’re working on your novel and want to try and give each new chapter an overarching theme.

Whether you’re creating your own work of fiction, creatively challenging yourself, or encouraging students to get writing, making use of the prompts below should be helpful to you.

I’d love to hear your short stories that you’ve written following reading these!

102 One Word Writing Prompts:

  1. secret
  2. underground
  3. unbelievable
  4. magical
  5. miracle
  6. explode
  7. doubt
  8. freedom
  9. honest
  10. delighted
  11. tickled
  12. inspired
  13. brave
  14. grateful
  15. calm
  16. smiling
  17. silence
  18. lonely
  19. juggernaut
  20. quirky
  21. zeppelin
  22. eternity
  23. wonky
  24. uncanny
  25. serene
  26. karma
  27. freezing
  28. roar
  29. past
  30. future
  31. whisper
  32. danger
  33. swimming
  34. laughter
  35. mountain
  36. moon
  37. stars
  38. frost
  39. night
  40. launch
  41. explore
  42. farm
  43. never
  44. guilt
  45. excitement
  46. frayed
  47. tension
  48. tent
  49. falling
  50. bounced
  51. connected
  52. thrilled
  53. hungry
  54. creative
  55. dive
  56. discovery
  57. sailing
  58. rich
  59. invent
  60. idea
  61. rhythm
  62. virtual
  63. alarm
  64. tune
  65. reality
  66. action
  67. endless
  68. energy
  69. glowing
  70. storm
  71. perform
  72. stench
  73. electric
  74. found
  75. vision
  76. jungle
  77. leap
  78. tunnel
  79. trouble
  80. progress
  81. famous
  82. pushing
  83. greatest
  84. melting
  85. fearless
  86. escape
  87. soaring
  88. button
  89. instinct
  90. travel
  91. leaving
  92. grow
  93. artist
  94. amazing
  95. dream
  96. woke
  97. circus
  98. stunt
  99. warmth
  100. vines
  101. build
  102. opportunity

Looking for a one word prompt generator?

Well you’re in luck. I’m making one for you all to use, so keep a look out for that. I’ll update this as soon as it’s released.

I’m still deciding how much complexity to build into it – ironic given the number of words involved. But I think I’ll keep it nice and random to keep your ideas flowing – the brain seems to love that and create plots out of thin air from a series of prompts!

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Want more prompts?

Well, you’re in luck! WE have plenty more where that came from, just check out our writing prompts section for hundreds more! 🙂

Thanks,
Matt & Hayley

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