50 Writing Prompts for September

Last week I challenged you to write thirty short stories in a month. I know that’s going to be a difficult task, so I’ve prepared a list of fifty prompts for you to inject into your brain, mix with whatever your particular brand of madness might be, and unleash upon the world as short stories. The ideas range from simple to complex, single word to full sentences.

  • Vampires on the moon (everyone, it’s required to survive).
  • The first child born on Mars.
  • An exotic pet dealer who trades in aliens (or trades in humans, to aliens).
  • A preacher who ministers to aliens, expecting to be martyred (maybe they aren’t).
  • The man who stopped moving.
  • The woman who flew to the sun.
  • Forgetting to breathe.
  • The last acorn.
  • A bridge to the unknown.
  • My seventh life.
  • The first thirteen hours.
  • To drink the blood of gods.
  • A real boy.
  • Childless. 
  • Conception. 
  • Hybrid.
  • Of two minds.
  • Stargazing on another planet.
  • Sunward.
  • Unwritten lives.
  • Dating apps for aliens.
  • Dialup.
  • Demon’s seed. 
  • Gunless. 
  • Living Blades. 
  • On the beach. 
  • On the master’s leash.
  • Cab 33.
  • Speaking in tongues.
  • In him/her.  
  • The beanstalk. 
  • Sealed in the bag. 
  • A guide to practical taxidermy. 
  • The consoling console. 
  • The social feed.
  • Weapons of the ancients. 
  • Blessings of the gods. 
  • A special playlist. 
  • Static in the mind. 
  • And her ears were tuned to silver. 
  • The day she lifted the veil.  
  • The tattoos crawled up his arm like a dozen hungry caterpillars. 
  • Up on the pillar.   
  • Hell’s last gatekeeper.  
  • The love which binds our hearts together across the ages. 
  • Pirates of the mercury sea. 
  • Tears of a thousand souls. 
  • Lost in the sea of consciousness. 
  • Abolishment.  
  • Lost in the folds of the map.
  • Breath of the shattering.

Remember to not share your whole short story anywhere if you plan to try and sell it later, but it would be awesome if we could flood Twitter with writers posting about how they are using these (or other) ideas during #30DayShorts.