Start a Story: Creative Prompt Samples for Writing a YA Novel

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How Creative Writing Prompts Can Get You to Start Writing Fiction

How Creative Writing Prompts Can Get You to Start Writing Fiction
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Even the best stories are built on a single idea. A single definite concept can be a precursor to many great tales.

However, a single idea that’s worthy of attention is never easy to find. Writers, often times, have the inkling to write something but are never sure where to start. Writers can either have an unfathomable pool of ideas, or none at all.

If you ever find yourself needing an idea for your story, seek creative writing exercises and starters. Browse through various selections of writing prompts to kick-start your gears.

What are writing prompts?

These writing starters are concepts you can develop for your book. Whether it’s for an autobiography or fantasy series, these prompts will get you to start writing in no time. You simply need to select one you find feasible then you start developing your story. If you’re comfortable with your selection, your writing will flow smoothly.

Even if you’re not planning on writing a book, you can use prompts for daily writing exercises. It can get you to improve your creative writing, and in turn, it can prepare you for your future writing endeavors.

Why do you need writing prompts for your YA Novel?

The YA audiences are voracious readers, and they are picky ones too. If you want to create a world that can be appreciated by this audience, you will have to give it your all. A number of rehashed stories can become mainstream, but it’s the unique tales that will live forever in your audience’s hearts.

Here are a few fiction writing prompts to get you started on creative stories:

Creating characters

  1. If you were best friends with a fictional character, who would it be? And how would your friendship be like?
  2. You are a superhero. What are your powers? How did you get them?
  3. You see a redheaded girl with alarmingly bright clothing getting picked on by the popular kids. What do you do?
  4. You see the school bully volunteering for a homeless shelter.
  5. You found out that your widowed father is now dating your teacher.

Developing your setting

Developing your setting
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  1. You go camping in the woods with your friends. You wandered far from the hiking trail. You walk for a few hours. Everything looks the same, except for the light shining through the trees. It’s starting to fade. The sun is about to set.
  2. You were bathing one morning, and this flash of light came out of nowhere. A couple of bumps and bruises later, you suddenly realized that although you were still in your bathtub, you weren’t in your bathroom anymore.
  3. At a Halloween party, a witch spiked the punch with a potion that made you turn into your Halloween costumes.
  4. Tell this little mermaid’s story.
  1. NASA is starting to transport millions of people to Mars. What is life on Mars like? What is happening on Earth?

Writing applications

  1. “On a lovely Sunday morning…”
  2. “Kids these days…”
  3. Your Hogwarts letter was sent to the wrong address. You only received it today, 10 years after it was sent. What would you do?
  4. “On our way home from school, sometimes we’d see him walking towards the hidden forest. We never knew what he did, or who he was until…”

Writing applications

  1. You adopted a dog from a random stranger. You brought it home, showed it to your parents, and asked them if you could keep it, but they only responded with, “Where is it?”

Starting a literary piece is never that simple. If you do find yourself at a standstill, remember these writing prompts, and they will bring forth untold stories that were lying dormant in your mind. Even the best writers need a little nudge.


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