The Unofficial Guide to Creative Prompts

“When you begin a picture, you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial.”
Pablo Picasso


  1. Muse30 Journal Prompts
  2. Prompt60 Journal Prompts
  3. Daily Paper Prompts


  1. ICAD = Index-Card-a-Day Challenge via Daisy Yellow {June/July}
  2. NaNoWriMo = National Novel Writing Month for writers {November}
  3. AEDM = Art Every Day Month, via Creative Every Day {November}
  4. NaNoJouMo = National Non-Stop Journaling Month via D'Blogala {November}
  5. Inktober = via Jake Parker {October}

Prompts Elsewhere

Links checked January 2016.  Unfortunately many of these sites are no longer updated, you'll find that they contain intriguing prompts & inspiration nonetheless! 

  1. Litemind Tackle Any Issue With a List of 100
  2. Writer's Digest Creative Writing Prompts
  3. Hanna devised 49 Creative Things You Can Do Today
  4. CRINID 12 Icebreakers to Kick-Start Your Brainstorm
  5. Atypical writing prompts at Writing Forward
  6. 10,000 Questions a question a day for journaling
  7. Intro to Color Theory
  8. A Creative Mint for color palettes and gorgeous photography
  9. Illustration Friday weekly illustration challenge
  10. The Generator Blog tools for generating everything from airline tickets to eye charts
  11. The Hand Drawn Map Association is a burst of inspiration, also the funky maps at
  12. Listography, random life lists
  13. Prompts at WritingFix
  14. Story Starters at Creative Writing Now
  15. Art E-Zine
  16. List of Alternative Color Names