Writer's Block


Pick one of the following flowers: Camellia, Azalea, Persimmon, Marigold, Holly, Elder, Ulmus, Verbena, Zinnia, Jonquil.
Now locate it in the list below to find out the symbolism behind your flower. Write a short story based around that meaning as a theme. Specifically mention your flower in passing in the story at least once.

  • Azalea: Fragile passion
  • Camellia: My destiny is in your hands
  • Persimmon: Bury me amid nature’s beauty
  • Marigold: Grief
  • Holly: Foresight
  • Elder: Compassion
  • Ulmus: Royalty, age
  • Verbena: Pray for me
  • Zinnia: I mourn your absence
  • Jonquil: Desire
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Pick-Up Line

Cheesy pick-up lines are the worst...but sometimes (when they work), they're the best conversation starters out there. Pick one of the pick-up lines from below and write down a conversation that you can imagine following afterward.

  • “Your smile is like Expelliarmus. Simple but disarming."
  • “Did it hurt? When you fell from heaven?”
  • “Are you a parking ticket? You’ve got fine written all over you.”
  • “Are you from Tennessee? Because your the only ten I see."
  • “If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together."
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Stream of Consciousness

Sometimes in order to get over writer’s block, you simply need to put word down after word. Keeping this in mind, set the timer to 15 minutes. Start writing whatever comes to your mind until time’s up. Then do it again — but, this time, write stream-of-consciousness from the perspective of your protagonist.

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Mad Libs

Close your eyes and write down four adjectives at random. Now write down three nouns. Now write down two verbs. Now write down one adverb. Now open your eyes. Your challenge is to write a 500-word short story based off of these ten words.

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The Food Critic

Write a review of a restaurant at which you recently ate. Describe the food as much as you can. Feel free to be eviscerating as well.

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Telephone Directory

It is commonly known that a telephone directory might be the most boring text in the entire world. Here is your challenge: write a page of a telephone directory and figure out SOME way to make it interesting.

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This is a challenge that will exercise your prowess at one of the oft-used components of English: punctuation. To start off, write a paragraph of no more than 500 words about the benefits of skin care. Within this paragraph, use ; : — – ! ? “ ‘ , . at minimum twice.

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The Tiny Stab

Write a short story of whatever topic you’d like, but make sure that somewhere in there, you include this line: “I can’t believe that you stabbed me with a knitting needle.”

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Have you ever read or watched something with an ending that left you unfulfilled, unsatisfied, or frustrated? Now write a proper ending that fixes the story for yourself. Keep in mind the components of a narrative arc’s resolution while you’re doing so.

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You are talking to a blind man who asks you to describe the color of the sky. Write down what you would tell this man without once using the word “blue” in your explanation.