This site provides (completely free) writing prompts and exercises to help you get started with creative writing and break through writing blocks.
Generate random story ideas, plots, subjects, scenarios, characters, first lines for stories and more. Did I mention it's all free? Have fun :-)
Generate a random first line for a story.
Prompts to encourage freewriting.
Generate a plot-line at the click of a button.
Generate two characters, a setting, a situation and a theme. Change the elements until you are happy with your plot.
Another freewriting exercise. Make connections between random nouns.
Writing prompts to help with dialogue writing.
Create a 'What If?' scenario to write about.
Browse my collection of writing exercises.
For poets and songwriters. Enter a word to find rhyming and similar-sounding words.
Generate a selection of words and use the suggestions to kick-start your writing.
Create your own story title.
Create a character outline.
There's now a section dedicated to writing prompts for children of primary/elementary school age.
Generate a fictitious,'English-sounding' town name.
Get plot ideas for your own story-writing by looking at the plots of over 100 popular films.
Use images to help you write.
Generate random traits for your characters.
Generate an occupation for your character.
Choose first and last names for characters.
Develop your character into a well-rounded person, quirky habits and all.
Exercise your brain and keep your vocabulary in good shape with this free anagram game.
Another anagram game - each word must contain the middle letter.
Because every aspiring author needs a back-up plan...