Are you looking for a way to jump-start your writing this February? Well, look no further! We have compiled a month’s worth of creative prompts to help get those juices flowing. Whether you want to write a novel, or poem, or just journal about your day-to-day experiences, these prompts will help get the ideas flowing. So grab a cup of coffee, find a quiet spot, and let the writing begin!
28 February Writing Prompts
- Imagine a fantastical world populated by magical creatures and beings. Write about the adventures you might have in this realm, from exploring enchanted forests to battling sinister monsters.
- Reflect on all the big and small moments that have shaped your life. What were some of the biggest turning points, both good and bad? How did they change your perspective on yourself and the world around you?
- Go on a road trip adventure, whether across your own country or halfway around the globe. Describe all the sights, sounds, and sensations you encounter along the way, from breathtaking landscapes to bustling city streets.
- Write about something that brings you great joy or happiness – perhaps it’s spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, or simply savoring each moment as it passes by.
- Think back to a time when you felt truly free – perhaps an extended vacation somewhere tropical or a wild night out with your closest friends. Describe what made that moment so special for you and how it changed you somehow.
- Consider all the different people in your life who inspire and encourage you – from dear friends to inspiring mentors to beloved family members to strangers who touch your heart in some way or another. Write about what makes these people so special and why they are such an important part of your life journey.
- If there was one thing in this world that could magically grant all of your wishes, what would it be? Picture yourself having unlimited power over this limitless wish-granting force. What would you do with all of this immense power?
- Imagine you have been unjustly imprisoned and sentenced to life in prison. Write about the days and months leading up to your imprisonment, and then reflect on what your life would look like now that you are locked up. How have the circumstances of your imprisonment changed you?
- Imagine an alternate reality in which you have a superpower – flying, super speed, or the ability to control the elements. Describe what it would be like to have this power and what you would do with it.
- What if you suddenly gained the ability to speak with animals? Describe the different animals you would talk to, what you would ask them, and how you would interpret the responses.
- Think of your favorite movie, book, or television program, and describe a fascinating and fantastical scene from it as if it were real.
- If you could add a new character to your favorite book, who would it be? What would your new character’s role be in the story?
- Choose your favorite comic book hero and write about what it would be like to become the character for a day. What does your costume look like, and how do you fight crime and battle villains?
- Write about your perfect dream vacation and the activities you would like to do while you’re away.
- Imagine you have an extraordinary power to change the world around you. What are some of the ways you would use this power to improve the world around you?
- Pick an ordinary object in your life, such as a coffee mug or a lamp from your bedroom, and imagine it is a portal to another world. What does the portal lead to, and how does it work?
- Think about what a perfect day would look like – for example, a lazy Sunday lounging around the house or a full day of sightseeing and exploring a new destination.
- If you had to live on a deserted island (with all of your possessions, of course), what items would you choose to take with you?
- What would it be if you could only take one possession with you on a day-long hike through the woods?
- What would it be if you had the power to cast a spell on someone and transform them into anything you wanted?
- Where would you want to live if you could live elsewhere besides your country of origin?
- Where would you want to go if you could take a vacation anywhere in the world?
- What would you do if you were not afraid of any consequences?
- What is one thing in your life that you would like to change for the better?
- What do you like about yourself and why?
- What’s one thing you want to do before you die?
- What’s the best thing you saw all week?
- What’s the worst thing you saw all week?
What Do You Write in February?
February is a month for love. A month for hearts and flowers and chocolates. It’s a time to celebrate Valentine’s Day and reflect on what love means to us. But it’s also a time to reflect on all the other things we love in our lives. This February, why not take some time to write about the things you love? Here are a few ideas to get you started.
What better way to start writing about love than by penning a love letter? Everyone appreciates a heartfelt letter expressing what they mean to you, whether it’s to your significant other, best friend, or favorite relative.
Odes to Your Favorite Things
Inspired by Pablo Neruda’s famous ode to onions, spend some time writing odes to your favorite things. They can be as simple or as complex as you like, but the goal is to capture the essence of what you love about that thing.
Love Stories (Real or Imagined)
Everyone loves a good love story. Whether it’s a classic romance novel or a modern Hollywood blockbuster, something about two people falling in love captivates us. This February, why not try your hand at writing your own love story? It can be completely fictional or based on real-life events; it’ll be a fun exercise in creative writing.
How Do You Write a Non-Cliche Love Story?
We’ve all read them before. The love stories that make you cringe make your eyes roll so hard that you’re afraid they might get stuck that way. The love stories with all the same old cliches. Boy meets girl; they first hate each other, fall madly in love, and live happily ever after. Yawn. Snore. Who wants to read that?
If you’re a writer, chances are you want to write something different, new, and fresh. But how do you do that when it feels like everything has been done before? When does it feel like there are no original ideas left? Never fear!
One way to break away from the cliches is to subvert expectations. Instead of writing a predictable love story where a boy meets a girl, and they fall in love, try turning those tropes on their head. Write a story about two people who meet and can’t stand each other—but eventually, through a series of quirky circumstances; they come to understand and appreciate each other.
Or write a love story about the girl pursuing the guy—or vice versa! By playing with our preconceived notions of what a love story should be, we can create something new and exciting that will captivate our readers.
Another way to avoid cliches is to focus on character development. Rather than relying on tired old plot devices, take the time to flesh out your characters and make them three-dimensional human beings. What motivates them? What are their fears and hopes, and dreams? Why do they act the way they do?
If your readers can empathize with your characters and understand their motivations, they will be more invested in their stories—and less likely to write them off as yet another cliched romance novel.
Finally, remember that a love story doesn’t have to be all hearts and flowers—it can be funny, sad, or even dark and twisty. There are endless possibilities when writing about love, so don’t be afraid to experiment and find your unique voice. After all, that’s what makes for the best kind of reading: originality.