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The best spring writing prompts

Blossom is on the trees, a cool breeze is in the air, and the days are getting sunny; Spring has officially sprung. As with all the seasons, creative inspiration abounds at this turning point from winter into the warmer months. After all, springtime is a period both of natural beauty, and of new beginnings, as flowers burst into life in the garden, and spring cleaning leaves us feeling renewed, hopeful, and maybe a little exhaused. If all this is getting you excited, we've got some ideas to share with you.

Here are our top ten spring writing prompts:

  • Start your story with one character pointing out the first sign of spring to another.
  • Your crush at work has developed a habit of setting a fresh bouquet of flowers on their desk once spring started… and you have allergies.
  • "SPRING BREAK!" you say to your friend. "This year, we have to — " (Finish the sentence, and then write the story.)
  • Set your story at a park during a spring festival.
  • Write about a character sowing seeds for the future (literally or figuratively).
  • The first rain of the season arrives. Write a story that begins immediately afterward.
  • Write a story that weaves together multiple lives through their connection to a particular tree.
  • Write about a character coming out of a long hibernation (either literal or metaphorical).
  • Wait, you think to yourself. Something's wrong. It's April, and the leaves haven't grown back on the trees yet.
  • A new spring. A new you.

In need of some more tips for writing your spring story? We've got you covered. Check out some of our free resources:

  • How to Master the 'Show, Don't Tell' Rule (free course) — Spring is a season of the senses — the buzz of bees, the sickly sweet scent of pollen, the hum of lawnmowers, the smell of fresh-cut grass, the rumble of lightning, and the tickle of a cool breeze against bare arms. And that means you're going to want to get your descriptions spot on. To brush up your skills, try out our free course.

Want more help learning how to write a spring short story? Check out How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten day course guiding you through the process of short story writing by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.

Ready to start writing? Check out Reedsy’s weekly short story contest, for the chance of winning $250! You can also check out our list of writing contests or our directory of literary magazines for more opportunities to submit your story.


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