Mini Writing Prompts and Tips, by Wendy H. Jones

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Today is the first day of Lent where many people give up things as they prepare for Easter. I have given up sweets, cakes, biscuits, chocolates etc. This year I feel I ought to take something up as well. As part of this I will be doing a bible reading challenge which I am looking forward to.

As writers, I am going to encourage all readers of this blog to take something up for Lent, or at least the month of March. Take up writing every day. Try to introduce something different into your work in progress, or your blog, or what every you are writing. Here are some writing prompts to help you. There will be forty to cover the whole of Lent. If you don't want to do them all then feel free to pick or choose. If you don't like the days prompt challenge yourself to find another. They might also act as idea generators for adapted versions of the prompt.

1. A woman who wears nothing but purple.

2. A group of under fives enter a bookshop for a World Book Day event

3. An old man sits alone in an otherwise empty church

4. A child squeals with laughter

5. A mother waves her son goodbye as he goes of to war

6. Use these words - grip, change, fascinating, box

7. A church prepares for a Sunday service

8. Modern slavery

9. On this day in 1959 the Barbie doll made her debut at the National Toy Fair in New York. Therefore it's National Barbie Day

10. A blizzard cuts a small town off from its neighbours

11. A group of children play hopscotch

12. A bloody knife is found underneath a bush

13. A scruffy dog sits alone in the rain

14. A small child with bright yellow wellington boots jumps in puddles.

15. A pothole big enough to swallow a bus opens up in a busy city street

16. A milk float drives along a derelict street

17. The smell of freshly baked bread is carried on the breeze

18. Today is national awkward moments day (You could have a lot of fun with that one)

19. A man and a woman kiss under a parasol

20. A deserted beach

21. A shoe is found by the side of the road

22. A young man picks up a bible that he has not read for the last two years

23. A second hand paperback book

24. A man with a fedora walks into a secret bar

24. A winding mountain road

25. A packed city street

26. A protest March

27. A crisp red apple

28. A character with the name Saratoga Smith

29. March 29th is National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day. ACW members can substitute this for cheesecake

30. A cold beer on a hot day

31. A cup of freshly brewed lapsang souchong tea

32. A soldier stands to attention

33. A plane taking off

34. An author writes feverishly throughout the night

35. A Rolex watch is found inside a seedy bar

36. A family watches by the bed of a sick grandmother

37. A city dump

38. A teenager watches in horror as the battery dies on their phone

39. A boy and a girl help an old man carry his shopping home

40. A family picnic on a windswept beach

I hope these have given you some fresh ideas. Fell free to mix them up and make changes to fit your story. They are meant as a bit of fun and to help you write through every day of lent.

About the Author


Wendy H. Jones is the author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016.  She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.


  1. Thank you, Wendy. You are full of good ideas!

  2. Great writing prompts, Wendy. I'll have to see whether they will fit into my Lent schedule. I am already preparing posts for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge, so perhaps not. Sue

    1. I know there are a lot of challenges, so I understand Susan. This was just a slightly different one to give people who needed it an extra little bit of inspiration

    2. By the way, all the very best for your Lent challenge.

  3. Great prompt ideas! I feel quite inspired .... if only I weren't about to rush out to work!

    1. You'll hold that thought all day and rush to your computer the minute you get in


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