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Writing Prompts. You're a writer and you just want to flex those muscles? You've come to the right place! If you see a prompt you like, simply write a short story based on it. Get comments from others, and leave commentary for other people's works. Let's help each other.

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    • < 1. Prompt responses must be good-faith attempts at new stories/poems (No AI)

    • 100 words minimum for stories, 30 for poems but include [Poem]
    • Write something new using the prompt for inspiration (No AI)
    • Plagiarism will result in a ban
    • No joke, copypasta, or AI-generated responses
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  • < 2. No sexually explicit responses, hate speech, or other harmful content

    • Includes, but is not limited to, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, rape, violence against children, and explicit abuse or torture
    • Avoid racism and detailed uses of suicide, mental health stereotypes, and political debate
    • Use your best judgment, but mods have final say
  • < 3. Be civil in discussion, feedback, and critiques

    • Users are held to a higher standard here. Think before posting
    • Prompts are meant to inspire new writing. Responses don't have to fulfill every detail
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    • < 4. All submissions must be tagged at the beginning of the post, capitalized in square brackets

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    • Prompt Posts (Inspire new writing)
    • WP - Writing Prompt: No restrictions (other than the rules of the sub) »
    • SP - Simple Prompt: Max 100 characters in the title (including the tag) »
    • EU - Established Universe: Based on existing fiction »
    • CW - Constrained Writing: Limitations or forced usage of words, letters, etc. (don't ask for less than 100 words) »
    • TT - Theme Thursday: Weekly themes announced Thursdays »
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    • PI - Prompt Inspired: Stories inspired by prompts older than three days (include link and max 1 a day) »
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    • OT - Off Topic: Not a prompt, but writing related, not for complaints regarding subreddit content, stories, or advertising without prior approval »
  • < 5. No recent reposts, even if changing small details

    • Search before submitting! (Popular ideas can cause floods)
    • Reposts are allowed, given time (around two weeks)
    • Don't take a recent prompt and change/invert small details
  • < 6. Prompt users in the title, but don't play writing games or commission stories

    • Prompt in the title and only use text for commentary or links for [IP]s and [MP]s. Avoid too many details
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    • Prompts should not call for using autocorrect, autocomplete, or only emojis
  • < 7. Prompts will be removed if there's a high possibility for rule breaking responses

    • Avoid real-world drama (politics, recent tragedies, etc.)
    • Inspire an effort, avoid simple questions, "write anything", word games, fill-in-the-blanks, or "in X words or less"
    • Prompts must actually be a prompt, not just the suggestion of a genre or emotion
    • Don't ask for preexisting content (prompts are meant for new writing)
    • No sexually explicit themes, hate speech, or other harmful content (suicide, mental health stereotypes, violence against children, torture, etc.)
    • No troll, joke, poop, meme-based, or all CAPS prompts
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    • < 8. Keep it about the writing here, not competing or making money

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    [WP] “Imagine Sisyphus happy? Dude, I AM happy. Have you seen this giant rock?!”

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    16:55 UTC

    1

    [WP] "Drink, no matter the strength or quantity, did little to quell the nightmares."

    This line came to me as I was trying to sleep last night, as a possible opener to a fantasy story I've slowly been piecing together over the past few years - but it was a good enough line, I'm interested to see where others might take ir.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    16:44 UTC

    1

    [WP]6 months ago you became roommates with the headless horseman. He's actually a decent roommate. Kind of a hard-ass for someone who can't speak though.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    16:41 UTC

    3

    [WP] "Look, this is the 10th robot uprising this month, can yall just chill for a bit?"

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    16:35 UTC

    2

    [WP] You stand still, Confused and anxious, sweat slowly dripping down your face. Flickering through memories wondering what exactly made a reaper, demon and an angel fight over who gets to take you to their domain. Purgatory, Hell or Heaven.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    16:31 UTC

    6

    [WP] You are an android, and you have to cure the garden and the flowers. Even if there is no water. Even if the nights are now pitch black. Even if you haven't seen your master in a long time...

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    16:19 UTC

    4

    [WP] A group of lesser angels often wins battles that choirs of greater angels cannot. They carry bagpipes instead of harps and trumpets, and the strangest weapons instead of swords. They also don't play well with others, and Heaven only deploys them when it absolutely must.

    3 Comments
    2024/02/12
    16:09 UTC

    1

    [WP] By a chance of fate you've become omniscient. But you lack any ambition, so you just stay at your old insignificant office job, but now you do it really, really good

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    15:58 UTC

    0

    [SP] A world that physically grows the more that authors publish fiction, allowing for fans to meet their favorite characters.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    15:29 UTC

    2

    [WP] "So, good news and bad news. Good news: We menaged to save you and your mech suit from that battle! Bad news, you are kind of stuck in it."

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    15:27 UTC

    12

    [WP] Two demons in disguise accidentally make a deal with each other. Now they own eachothers souls. What now?

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    15:15 UTC

    8

    [CW] Something silly has caused a global catastrophe, written in the form of a very serious news article.

    3 Comments
    2024/02/12
    14:23 UTC

    20

    [WP] "Don't give me those puppy-dog eyes." "More for me," she shrugged as she popped them into her mouth.

    4 Comments
    2024/02/12
    14:06 UTC

    3

    [EU] Your a worker at Playtime Co., one night you take a smoke break outside not knowing it was going to be “The Hour of Joy”

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    14:02 UTC

    5

    [WP] A world where battery technology for smartphones never improved and the latest phone's battery percentage is actually how many seconds are left on a charge

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    13:56 UTC

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    [WP] There is a cafe that exists outside of the constraints of time of the world that surrounds it. The time passes in a non-linear fashion, consisting of constantly changing eras.

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    10:05 UTC

    5

    [WP] In the apocalypse, a small restaurant stays open serving anything or anyone with the simple rule of no violence while inside

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    10:00 UTC

    6

    [OT] Looking for story collection about humans being galaxy's tinkerers

    I read somewhere on the Internet (most likely Reddit) some stories from aliens' POV about humans as the galaxy's tinkerers and experimenters. There were 2 stories described by the aliens that I cannot find:

    1. Human woman who worked at a space shipyard junkyard, who built spaceships out of the spare parts. Her boss loved this and kept getting her more junk to occupy her time since he could sell the finished spaceships.
    2. 2 aliens talking about a human male who was given a contraption that had no purpose and he somehow turned it into a coffee machine.

    There were other stories but these are 2 that I remember.

    I did find this link on this sub but it does not have the 2 above stories, but these stories are very similar:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/zm8tir/wp_across_the_galaxy_humans_are_known_for/

    Thank you!

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    07:58 UTC

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    [EU] When Konrad Curze died, he went to Hell, but not any Hell or the Warp. The Hazbin Hotel Hell.

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    07:46 UTC

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    [WP] Auto-summoning is when a spiritual creature hijacks your summoning to bring themselves forth. Technically auto-summoning isn't against the arena rules, only if the summoned creature is out of control, as long this... "thing", keeps listening to you, you can continue.

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    07:21 UTC

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    [WP] a zombie outbreak occurs because zombies are a hive mind and the mind in charge, called a lich, just perished and the horde is looking for a replacement, which results in gang wars between multiple candidates.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    06:36 UTC

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    [WP] There's been an alarming number of isekai'd young adults lately. Your investigation has revealed it is primarily due to the rise of electric vehicles and their nearly-silent motors. The worst part is, multiple heroes are now showing up in the same worlds, screwing with a *LOT* of prophecies.

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    05:55 UTC

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    [WP] You've been hearing the boss battle music all day, waiting for the person, place, situation, or thing that will suddenly have a giant health bar only you can see. It normally doesn't take this long to find it, but the music is (finally) reaching it's crescendo.

    2 Comments
    2024/02/12
    05:48 UTC

    6

    [WP] The knight is utterly shocked to discover that the princess was already rescued... by a dragon.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    05:31 UTC

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    [WP] “I have the highest grading scale, the harshest penalties, and I demand the most of my students. Out of everyone, I have given the most failing grades.” “Being a poor teacher isn’t the flex you think it is.”

    5 Comments
    2024/02/12
    05:06 UTC

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    [WP] You are a superhero with a 7ft huge muscular body. You receive a message from an old and weak villain scientist: "Make a deal with me. If you give me all your muscles and stamina, I will release the hostage. Not your body, just your muscles!" The message also included a photo of the hostage.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    04:50 UTC

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    [WP]Every person on earth is born with a tattoo on each wrist.One matches your soulmate and the other matches your worst enemy. However, most people have no clue which is which. You do because they are both the same

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    04:49 UTC

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    [WP] From the perspective of mice living in a warehouse is as vast as a continent. When the time comes for a container of cheese to get shipped off in 24 hours the small trio of mice stake their lives to acquire as much cheese to feed their colony for the winter.

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    04:44 UTC

    103

    [WP] Your mentor just gave you a secret test of character and you failed it. Later you found out what the test was and you are glad you failed it.

    8 Comments
    2024/02/12
    04:36 UTC

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    [WP] The letter enrages you, and you shoot the messenger. When they catch the bullet, you understand why you're not supposed to do that.

    'Don't Shoot the Messenger'

    1 Comment
    2024/02/12
    04:32 UTC

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