Writer Igniter

Click the shuffle button to get a randomly generated prompt. Then start writing!

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  • Taxi driver
  • Mime
  • Bronze-medal Olympian
  • Jewelry thief
  • Serial killer
  • High school theatre student
  • Water polo referee
  • Soccer mom
  • Kindergarten school teacher
  • City planner
  • Stage magician
  • B-list celebrity
  • Con artist
  • Joke store owner
  • Driver's Ed instructor
  • Former beauty queen
  • Shopping mall Santa
  • Composer of elevator music
  • Someone with nothing to lose
  • Child prodigy
  • Game show host
  • Coat check attendant
  • Pawn shop owner
  • Time traveler
  • Apothecary
  • Retired magician
  • Oppressed artist
  • Cartographer
  • Night-shift nurse
  • Plumber-in-training
  • Professional poker player
  • Computer game designer
  • Talking elephant
  • Butcher
  • Mortician
  • Alien
  • Traveling preacher
  • Famous choreographer
  • IRS worker
  • Statue-come-to-life
  • Gardener
  • Personal shopper
  • Professional pet groomer
  • Assassin
  • Party planner
  • Kleptomaniac
  • Pyromaniac
  • Tattoo artist
  • Antique collector
  • Children's party clown
  • Night club bouncer
  • Surf instructor
  • Crazy cat lady
  • Parent of 13 kids
  • Unlikely secret agent
  • Professional ballroom dancer
  • Bathroom attendant at a swanky club
  • Fashionista
  • Psychic
  • The best man
  • Heiress
  • Someone unlucky in love
  • Someone who's lost faith in love
  • Hopeless romantic
  • Someone with an obsession
  • Workaholic
  • Bohemian
  • Celebrity chef
  • Local politician
  • The runner-up
  • Whacky inventor
  • Breeder of exotic animals
  • Someone with a vendetta
  • Someone in witness protection
  • Lab assistant
  • Ship captain
  • Tug boat operator
  • Garbage truck driver
  • Athlete past his or her prime
  • Line dance instructor
  • 911 phone operator
  • Dental hygienist
  • Deejay
  • Video game tester
  • Photographer
  • Carpet store sales clerk
  • Jeweler
  • Postal Service worker
  • Witch
  • Fast food restaurant manager
  • Dog walker
  • Marathon runner
  • Celebrity's personal assistant
  • Museum security guard
  • Curator at a posh gallery
  • Junk sculptor
  • Delivery truck driver
  • Class clown
  • Mr. or Ms. Popularity
  • Wallflower
  • Millionaire
  • Gets a cryptic letter
  • Buys a tiger
  • Stumbles upon an ancient mystery
  • Wins the lottery
  • Contacts a long-lost child
  • Goes on an exotic vacation
  • Meets his or her idol
  • Goes camping
  • Hosts a horror movie marathon
  • Hosts a wedding
  • Has an arranged marriage
  • Forgets an anniversary
  • Goes sky-diving
  • Hosts a dinner party for the first time
  • Gets lost on a hike
  • Finds a baby on the doorstep
  • Goes through the attic
  • Meets the in-laws
  • Does something embarrassing in public
  • Reads a book eerily like his or her life
  • Runs away from home
  • Misplaces an important file
  • Gets a first tattoo
  • Is abducted by aliens
  • Goes back in time
  • Forgets who he or she is
  • Becomes famous overnight
  • Invents a wildly popular food
  • Receives the wrong directions
  • Runs into an old rival
  • Accidentally steals something priceless
  • Exterminates an infestation
  • Throws a temper tantrum
  • Loses a bet
  • Needs money fast
  • Runs into an ex
  • Inherits something bizarre
  • Makes a bad bargain
  • Gets fired
  • Goes to a reunion
  • Loses something important
  • Gets surprising news
  • Gets arrested
  • Is mistaken for someone else
  • Runs away
  • Returns to his or her hometown
  • Goes on honeymoon... Alone
  • Is trapped
  • Gets one wish
  • Can go back in the past and change one thing
  • Gets left at the altar
  • Overhears something important
  • Discovers a loved one isn't what he or she seems
  • Has a secret crush
  • Has a secret identity
  • Goes from rags to riches
  • Loses everything
  • Wakes from a coma
  • Witnesses a crime
  • Tries to pull off a crazy scheme
  • Has to escape
  • Falls in love with the wrong person
  • Discovers a talent or superpower
  • Trespasses
  • Ignores all the signs
  • Gets amnesia
  • Loses his or her sense of direction
  • Is betrayed
  • Takes matters into his or her own hands
  • Gets stranded
  • Is left to his or her own devices
  • Decides to take down the status quo
  • Must make a hard sacrifice
  • Poses as someone else
  • Discovers a long-lost twin
  • Has someone steal his or her identity
  • Hacks into an important computer system
  • Cracks a code
  • Unknowingly marries a criminal
  • Must cooperate with the one person he or she hates
  • Believes he or she is a superhero
  • Professes a secret love
  • Borrows from loan sharks
  • Finds a dead body
  • Flies in an airplane for the first time
  • Takes a road trip
  • Discovers a relative who everyone thought was dead
  • Enters a contest
  • Loses his or her wedding band
  • Finds something valuable amid junk
  • Meets someone from his or her past
  • Sees someone familiar at a strip club
  • Meets the new roommate
  • Confesses a terrible secret
  • Goes on a journey
  • Moves to a new town
  • Is stranded in a foreign country
  • Stands up to a bully
  • Enters into a forbidden romance
  • Discovers a conspiracy
  • Has never spoken up... until now
  • Challenges someone to a duel
  • Must face his or her worst fear
  • Lucky penny
  • Silver quill
  • Novelty alarm clock
  • Homemade necklace
  • Classic record
  • Broom
  • Velvet curtains
  • Car hood ornament
  • Anvil
  • Romance novel
  • Lava lamp
  • Embroidered handkerchief
  • Hourglass
  • Toenail clippers
  • Photo album
  • Hammer
  • Guitar pick
  • Trophy
  • Pet monkey
  • Basketball
  • Pocket calendar
  • Old coat
  • Wine glass with lipstick on it
  • Lucky charm
  • Needle in a haystack
  • Handcuffs
  • Hair
  • Red shoes
  • Something stolen
  • Ballot box
  • Mask
  • Briefcase filled with money
  • Broken glasses
  • A surprise
  • The antidote
  • Harmonica
  • Someone else's spouse
  • Secret recipe
  • Key
  • Special song
  • Half-eaten box of chocolates
  • Embarrassing physical trait
  • Old photograph
  • Broken mirror
  • Invitation
  • Antique ring
  • Wedding dress
  • Dried flowers
  • Fortune cookie
  • Hidden note
  • Dark secret
  • Something old
  • Something new
  • Something borrowed
  • Something blue
  • Machete
  • Bullets but no gun
  • Cowboy boots
  • Something vile and disgusting
  • Elaborate hat
  • Stolen artifact
  • Laser
  • Someone who's bad news
  • Excess baggage
  • Spindle
  • Poison
  • Last will and testament
  • Frying pan
  • Garters
  • Robot
  • Magic spell
  • Beauty elixir
  • Tube of green goo
  • Hidden door
  • Underground passageway
  • Magician's cape
  • Gold-plated microphone
  • Remote that controls EVERYTHING
  • Toy car
  • Nightmare
  • Flashlight
  • Last wine bottle of a certain vintage
  • Filthy shirt
  • Perfume
  • Stream of toilet paper
  • Paint chip sample
  • Tickets to a sold-out event
  • Tarot cards
  • Unopened package
  • Child's drawing
  • Pack of supplies
  • Suitcase
  • Fake ID
  • Passport
  • Wish
  • Mardi Gras beads
  • Disguise
  • Mysterious scar
  • Something that's one-of-a-kind
  • Footprints
  • Journal
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