It’s always good to have a few reliable writing prompts up your sleeve. The best are flexible and new every time you try them - something you can use over and over again. We've got one such writing prompt that you can retry as many times as you like:
Turn on your TV
Your idiot box may not be so stupid! Turn on the telly and write down the first sentence (or partial sentence) that you hear and use this line as inspiration for a story or poem.
The great thing about this writing prompt is that if you want to give it another go, just turn the TV off and flick back on again. Change the channel or flick on at different times of day for new lines and new prompts.
If none of the first lines you hear inspire you, watch any program for a few minutes and keep an ear out for any interesting dialogue. Choose something that grabs you, and go with it.
For more ideas to spice up your writing, check out our writing prompts page. Happy writing!