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Master List of Prompts

Almost two years ago Charisse and I closed our writing community. It ran for three years and (almost) every week we put up five new prompts for people to use. However, it closed in January of 2010 due to faltering activity. I wanted a to preserve the final list of prompts on my website just in case the official list disappears into the internet as free pages often do.

Feel free to use these prompts! Some of them we made up, some of them are quotes, some of them are paraphrases. They’re for everyone’s enjoyment

001 This is what was left when he was gone
002 The blissful moments
003 A bird in the distance
004 There is no harm in this
005 Where I go doesn’t matter
006 A second face
007 An unfamiliar landscape
008 I was depending on you
009 My sorrows cannot bring your return
010 I tried not to forget
011 Underneath a summer sun
012 A justifiable sin
013 Eat, drink, and be merry
014 Tomorrow we die
015 The things most precious
016 Lay down your troubles
017 An enemy to God
018 Last chance
019 Someone knows too much
020 Why he stayed
021 It cannot be done alone
022 An undeserved mercy
023 In remembrance
024 If our lives are spared
025 Near your side
026 Find a safer road
027 What would you have me do?
028 They kept going
029 Some things are certain
030 The deep breath before the plunge
031 Acceptable losses
032 This is all you get
033 Death first
034 Leading the lost ones
035 I have failed
036 Hope’s bright flame
037 If I do not return
038 A classical education
039 Stripped of pride
040 As I am
041 The day of vengeance
042 Almost perfect
043 This is my god
044 Let him die
045 Take me home
046 A childlike wonder
047 The wrong choices for the right reasons
048 The bitterness of spring
049 Give me your hand
050 The end is all that matters
051 Outside a closed door
052 For the welfare of thy soul
053 A testimony against you
054 The shedding of innocent blood
055 The truth of all things
056 I believed in that once
057 Open and blazing
058 Alone with agony
059 We’d best get on with it then
060 Very cold and very young
061 The small mistakes
062 The price paid
063 No longer who I used to be
064 A promise you never meant to keep
065 It was poison
066 Pain you can hear
067 Small victories
068 Half an hour before dawn
069 Working with a devil
070 Gathering courage
071 What you would give
072 It was the only way
073 Something to come home for
074 I have always known
075 Better than perfection
076 The last of the falling rain
077 Too dark for moonlight
078 A well-timed lightning strike
079 To touch the glory of the sun
080 Starlight on still water
081 The imperfections in it
082 The good die young
083 Only madness remains unchanged
084 He watches for as long as he can
085 The terror is over
086 Remain in darkness
087 When grief and fear are gone
088 The first time we met
089 Hold on tight
090 (Un)fit to rule
091 Ten years ago
092 In five years
093 There is no other way
094 A burning instead of beauty
095 Bound to destruction
096 These were the first thoughts
097 Let me carry you
098 For a greater purpose
099 We shall never call retreat
100 The final gamble
101 Mother’s hands
102 Like a strong wind
103 Persuade to do evil
104 They cannot fall
105 Someone else’s rightful place
106 During the final hour
107 Damnation to their souls
108 The reasons that don’t matter
109 Point of no return
110 New wings
111 No one will know
112 Hopeless cause
113 I’ll come with you
114 The impossible choice
115 Forget not their courage
116 Underneath
117 Not much of a soul
118 Death can’t afford to wait
119 Walking from your own grave
120 Only a shadow
121 A child’s prayer
122 A fitful slumber
123 In heaven and in earth
124 Hope for things not seen
125 Living for someone else
126 When we were young
127 Getting by
128 To rescue a soul
129 Demons or men
130 To defy fate
131 In the dark of morning
132 I will forget how much I loved you
133 No one dies upon a kiss
134 Find a way to right this wrong
135 Drunk on dreams
136 Fighting words
137 Morning. Alone.
138 Three steps behind
139 No time for diplomacy
140 The last seconds
141 He went into a far country
142 I have no need of you
143 Unwavering resolve
144 Before betrayal
145 Going home
146 Paying the piper
147 Last of all
148 Leaving the garden
149 Like forgotten toys
150 One afternoon together
151 There was always something
152 Something old
153 Something new
154 Something borrowed
155 Something blue
156 Like a dress-up doll
157 A not-so-secret secret
158 The moment has passed
159 At the end of all things
160 Something to believe in
161 Leaning over the edge
162 A candle in a dark room
163 Perishable things
164 Some things cannot be shared
165 Lost but not alone
166 The year is dying
167 Uncontrollable
168 I should have listened
169 The first compromise
170 Paradigm shift
171 A childhood memory
172 Forbidden
173 This is what you know about me
174 The way out
175 Afternoon sounds
176 There are no heroes–only broken men
177 What you never meant to say
178 Nothing left
179 Why?
180 Will we meet again?
181 A time to be born
182 A time to kill
183 A time to mourn
184 A time to dance
185 A time to keep silence
186 The voice crying from the dust
187 Made to be broken
188 There is no such thing as love
189 Plain and precious
190 A perfect moment
191 A cold winter’s night
192 To liberate the captive
193 Small and simple things
194 Just one more day
195 Beneath the summer sun
196 What can’t be lost
197 You had your chance
198 The journey’s end
199 Relative truths
200 A story of creation
201 One word
202 The one left behind
203 One is better than two
204 Only one way
205 In one minute
206 Skilled with his hands
207 The most obvious thing in the world
208 Heartbeats
209 Let me in
210 No longer strangers
211 Incorruptible and fragile
212 The knife’s edge
213 Just out of reach
214 Catch your breath
215 Silent countdown
216 Whom I have chosen
217 I never should have
218 Just in time
219 Blood in your mouth
220 You are nothing
221 Something meant to be forgotten
222 I am far from home
223 Unburdened laughter
224 Summer last
225 Linger for a moment more
226 This is new
227 A stolen ray of sunshine
228 A fatal flaw
229 Endearing
230 In the beginning
231 Let them come
232 To whatever end
233 We will return
234 Burning as they go
235 There is always hope
236 Secret places
237 Called by name
238 I have been still
239 Unsatisfied
240 Why she left
241 Without question
242 Hear my prayer
243 Unnatural
244 Aftermath
245 Worth living for
246 There is no remembrance
247 Those that will come after
248 She saw everything
249 Madness and folly
250 I gave all that I had
251 My child
252 They are beasts
253 Primary colors
254 Beauty for ashes
255 He will come
256 In my house
257 If they fall
258 A forgotten song
259 I never knew
260 The inevitable
261 No one hears you
262 My love for you is deathless
263 There are worse things
264 A perfect sun
265 Where can I run?
266 Spoken in secret
267 The next morning
268 For our profit
269 The night is coming
270 He was healed
271 A new wind
272 When we meet
273 Unsuspecting
274 Behind the curtain
275 If I for him would die
276 Weak things become strong
277 Enduring all things
278 According to justice and mercy
279 The destruction of my people
280 The heavens and earth pass away
281 The brightest day
282 The darkest night
283 Through blood and suffering
284 Should we die before our journey’s through
285 I shall always be with you
286 Wind and confusion
287 Perfect blue
288 Angels speak
289 A light that is endless
290 Like a disease
291 Time is a terrible thing
292 Too much of a very bad thing
293 You accept what you can’t know
294 Nothing left but footprints
295 It is exactly as it seems
296 The things I never had
297 The last time like the first
298 Something to remember forever
299 It was always the same
300 The sorrow of creation
301 Like a man of war
302 The right choices for the wrong reasons
303 The dreams of the poet
304 Exquisite
305 I can fall no further
306 I was great
307 To pay that debt
308 With steadfast faith
309 That all might be miserable
310 That all might have joy
311 A single candle
312 In the silence
313 Reaching for the heavens
314 For the children
315 The last gift
316 Defying words
317 Against all that I believe
318 Never to return
319 Forever repeating
320 Restart
321 We perished, each alone
322 How I found myself in love
323 The prelude to destruction
324 A few dollars more
325 Help me to believe in you
326 Let me speak
327 An unexpected gift
328 Buried
329 In the name of
330 Sudden anger
331 Giving in
332 Cloud pictures
333 Defend yourself
334 A rational fear
335 Sanctuary
336 A harmless secret
337 A new name
338 A small price
339 A day of rest
340 A cry in the night
341 Necessity
342 A bedtime story
343 No questions asked
344 A chink in the armor
345 Let them believe
346 A waking dream
347 Where were you
348 Morning stars
349 Stained
350 Pools of water
351 Give it time
352 The changing sky
353 A secret kept
354 Living among the dead
355 Unimaginable power
356 Idle tales
357 Time to go
358 I heard you call
359 The wrong malady
360 I forgive you
361 How the wicked live
362 What it could never be
363 Grasping power
364 Balancing act
365 On the way
366 If only
367 The other woman
368 White lies
369 Free agents
370 Wind and waves
371 Through the door
372 An unwise mercy
373 Fire in the hole
374 Passing
375 I waited
376 Like a shield
377 What I see
378 The king’s men
379 As it is written
380 Fresh linen
381 An end of speaking
382 Energy of soul
383 Fools mock
384 Small means
385 The hands of the clock
386 An old face
387 Shelter for the night
388 Helpless
389 Forbidden knowledge
390 Light at midnight
391 Those who lose
392 To slay a soul
393 How is it that ye could have fallen?
394 With power and great glory
395 That ye may learn wisdom
396 Give me a sign
397 The edge of the storm
398 Overstaying your welcome
399 Curtains closing
400 Blinding light
401 Into the wilderness
402 You have your reward
403 Newborn
404 A sandy foundation
405 Borrowing clothes
406 What you lost
407 The promise you made
408 Hearts of the children
409 You will be guided
410 Sweetness and light
411 Wrath from heaven
412 Commanded to speak
413 A willing heart
414 Shooting the messenger
415 Unprofitable
416 The right hand
417 A sudden calm
418 What you wanted to hear
419 Sackcloth and ashes
420 Ask what you will
421 The treasures of darkness
422 Days are sorrows
423 Darkness at noon
424 The night I’ll never live down
425 Amid the encircling gloom
426 Remember, my son
427 The worth of souls
428 A song of fire and ice
429 I have lost my wings
430 Walk beside me
431 Onward
432 He did it because he could
433 Unexpected light
434 Without consequence
435 Ritual of the devout
436 Ere the sun goes down
437 A playful wind
438 It was magic
439 A possible cure
440 Undiscovered country
441 Standing tall
442 This is my work
443 He calls for you
444 The slightest defect
445 Just because
446 In ruins
447 Cut off
448 Turning back
449 Where did you come from
450 None like her
451 Strange reflections
452 A mother’s cry
453 As long as I could
454 How much longer
455 My crown
456 Are you with me
457 Easy
458 Like vines
459 Masked
460 New shoes
461 Blinded
462 Done by hand
463 Through the pain
464 Temporary shelter
465 Unprotected