Write Club


Weekly, visual writing prompts from myself and Penny Jones, mostly via Twitter and other social media. Find us at @meringutang and @pennyqotu.

I like a deadline and a prompt. Nothing more than that.

Penny Jones

If you want to get involved, check out the hashtag #WeDontTalkAboutWriteClub or #WDTAWC on Twitter for the weekly prompt, or ask us to provide you with one. You can write in whatever genre you choose, or we will also suggest one for you.

There are only two rules:

  1. You should have something completed and ready to send by midnight on Sunday in the country where you reside.
  2. You should be willing to beta read for someone else and offer feedback and support as necessary.

If you would like to publish your story anywhere (on your personal blog, website or via social media) I would love it if you could share the link with me so we can compile them here and let others read and join in. Email me here.

We also currently have two inspiration boards over at Pinterest: Creepy, dark, horror-inspired image prompts and fantasy/magic or nature-inspired image prompts.

Still in need of more inspiration? Why not try some of these quick prompts?

  • The protagonist of the last film you watched and the last book you read go for a coffee together. How does that play out?
  • You stumble upon two men burying something in a forest. What’s going on?
  • “Not all dragons hoard gold…” write a story around this idea. 
  • What is the “perfect” murder? write a story around this idea.
  • Someone is eating cake in the bathroom… write a story around this idea.
  • “It looked like a normal house, except the whole thing was built from blocks of…” write a story which starts with these words.
  • The object closest to your left hand is your only weapon against the zombie hoards. Do you distract, attack or escape? Tell us more.
  • It was a six-word text message that could ruin someone’s life… write a story around this idea.
  • Your protagonist wakes up one morning to find they can talk to (animal)… what happens next?
  • Your favourite singer is making a cup of tea. Write a story. Make it interesting.
  • A character who is your exact opposite experiences an ordinary day in your life. What happens?
  • Write a love story in less than 400 words. Include the words “pool”, “teacup” and “vermillion”. 
  • Everyone has superpowers, except you. Tell us more.
  • A vampire bites your pet. What do you do?
  • You can skip ten minutes of your life but only once. When do you use it?
  • On your mobile, type “The story of” and let predictive text title your next masterpiece. Now write it. 
  • It’s 200 years into the future. Tell us what happened to all the trees.
  • You land your dream job, but it’s not what you expected. Why?
  • Rearrange/rewrite the lyrics of one of your favourite songs to make a poem or story.
  • The seven deadly sins attend a party… what happens next?
  • Write a 100-word drabble (very short story) based on some magical event involving a rainbow. 
  • Write a 100-word drabble (very short story) based on how bees took over the world. 
  • Write a 100-word drabble (very short story) based on why you won’t ever eat broccoli again. 
  • A mysterious statue appears in the city centre… and then people start going missing. Write a story that tells us what happens. 
  • When out for a walk one day you meet a stranger who tells you something about your past which changes your life. What is it and what happens?
  • Giant Space Lobsters have invaded the earth! You are the world’s only hope… what will you do?
  • Two strangers meet in an empty café and begin a conversation. What do they talk about and what happens next?
  • You see a figure in the mist. When you get closer, you see it is a clone of yourself. What do they tell you? What do you do?
  • Write a story about someone who wins a contest and the prize of their dreams.
  • Write a story about an ordinary day in a person’s life. Use their internal dialogue to make the story interesting.
  • Write a story about holding a birthday party for your best friend, but with a major plot twist. 
  • Write a story based on the metaphor: “Love is a fine wine.”
  • Write a story about a writer with a very unusual method for overcoming writer’s block.
  • Your protagonist is brutally honest and can’t lie to save their life. Tell us what happens.
  • Write a story about a character or group of characters who are waiting for something. Leave it unclear who or what they are waiting for.
  • You are Hollywood’s most successful tabloid paparazzi photographer, and you are about to retire. What’s next?
  • “Quiet on set!” A dense hush fell, and you waited for your cue. Tell us more.