Creative Prompts

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Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

If you’re looking for horror writing prompts or horror art prompts, you’ve come to the right place. The best way to use creative prompts are as regular, if not daily, exercises to keep your creative juices flowing. You don’t have to be 100% happy with what you come up with; the exercise is purely to keep your creative cogs turning and give you fuel to create and work on the other projects you have going on in your life.

If you already know what you’re in for, that’s great! Jump right in to one of the prompts displayed above.

If you’re not sure where to start, that’s fine, too. I will walk you through it below.

Horror Writing Prompts

You can use any of the creative prompts as horror writing prompts, and there’s a few ways you can go about it. Firstly, you want to set aside a time in your routine to regularly hit the prompts. They work wonders to keep your creative juices flowing, but you need to keep up that momentum. If you stave it off for too long, your ink will dry up. At least, that’s probably what they said before computers.

Flash Fiction

One of my favorite ways to use horror writing prompts is to treat it like a launching pad for flash fiction. Flash fiction is a short piece that has a limited word count, usually 500 words, but it can be anything you set it to. So, to start off with, pick a word count and then pick a prompt. 500 words is a good one to use if you’re not familiar with flash fiction, because it can be difficult to create a cohesive story in less. However, that doesn’t necessarily matter if you only want to use these prompts as exercises. In fact, limiting yourself to a lower word count is a great way to get better at creating more impact in less words (practice makes perfect, as they say). Your end goal may not be to have a cohesive story, and some words on a page is better than none. That brings us to the next strategy.

Word Sprints

Aside from flash fiction, there are word sprints. Word sprints are when you give yourself a time limit rather than a word count limit. This can be a great strategy to use if you only have a limited amount of time to fit the horror writing prompts into your day. Write as much as you can in your time limit, whether it is 10 minutes, 30 minutes or an hour. This exercise is very effective at getting ideas out and onto the page, and training us not to spot edit (I am very guilty of this, probably because I don’t do enough word sprints!).  Post your sprints in the comment section of each prompt to share your progress with the community. Furthermore, if you follow the CHS Twitter, you can also participate in word sprints with the hash tag #CHSwordsprint.

Horror Art Prompts

You can use all of the creative prompts as horror art prompts, as well (or both! if you’re feeling extra creative). Use the prompt as a kick-off point for your inspiration. Doing this regularly can promote your imagination, which is one of our core values. You can decide to use only the imagery in the prompt, and disregard the words, if the image sparks an idea in your mind. The trick is to hold onto that initial spark and use it to start a fire, instead of talking yourself out of it. Remember, it doesn’t matter if you paint a masterpiece or not, it’s about getting something out. Similarly, you can disregard the imagery and let the wording lead your inspiration. Of course, there are also strategies you can use to challenge yourself, similar to the writing exercises above.

Speed Sketching