30 Offbeat April Creative Writing Prompts For Adults

Does spring make you feel like it’s the perfect time for taking on new writing projects? Then you’ll love these April creative writing prompts.

There’s no shame in wanting to always have a variety of creative writing ideas at your fingertips. After all, part of being a writer is having a stash of ideas to turn to when you’re feeling uninspired. And what’s more inspiring than the arrival of spring?

Forget about those winter blues and make the most of April and new beginnings with these 30 creative story starters.

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Using Creative Writing Prompts In Your Daily Life

These April writing prompts provide a great opportunity to escape from our daily lives for as long as we’d like. We can use them to explore new worlds, create unlikely situations, and put our imaginations to the test.

Here are some tips for using daily writing prompts:

1. Do the actual writing in a way you enjoy.

There is no one ‘best’ way to write, as long as you enjoy the process. You can use a refillable leather-bound journal, a regular composition notebook, or even a computer program — whatever feels most natural and comfortable for you.

Sometimes it’s fun to experiment with new technologies, but other times the tried-and-true method of pen and paper might be exactly what you need. The important thing to remember is that as long as you enjoy the process, you’re doing it right.

2. Set aside some time each day to dedicate to your writing.

It’s important to set aside time each day for writing, at least 15-20 minutes if possible. Do you prefer the morning or evening?

There’s something to be said about the magic of getting up early and writing, because your brain isn’t quite awake yet. Instead of thinking about all the things you have to do during the day, you can concentrate on the writing prompt.

On the other hand, some people love to relax at the end of the day by writing to let go of stress.

Experiment and find out when your creativity is highest, then try to make that a regular time period for writing!

3. Choose how you’ll use the prompts.

Will you write a single response to each prompt? Maybe flash fiction or a short story? Or an entire scene for a work you already have in progress? How about a poem for each day? (That would be a fun challenge!)

This post has 30 unique writing prompts for the month of April, and you can choose to write in order or pick a different prompt each day. Writing in order is a simple way to take any paralyzing decision-making out of the process.

If one prompt in particular strikes your fancy, roll with it. Continue writing on it for several days if you’re inspired to keep going.

Just don’t let indecision keep you from getting started! Can’t choose? Close your eyes and pick one at random — whatever it takes to choose and get writing!

4. Go deep on your responses to the April creative writing prompts!

Create a complete novel. Write a play, a movie or television script, and more!

Experiment with character development, plotting… maybe you’ll even be inspired to plan an entire series.

Write anything that sounds fun and takes you further and further into the world you create in response to a daily prompt.

April Creative Writing Prompts

1. Fool For Your Love –You would do anything for the person you love. So when your love told you they were leaving, you did the only thing you could think of — you followed them. You trailed them across the country, and the adventure was nothing like you expected.

2. Firewalker –In a world ravaged by fire, your protagonist is one of the lucky few to have been born with the power to walk through it unscathed. They use their power to help those who need it, but when a new threat arises, can they stop it before it destroys everything?

3. The Lost City –Your character is exploring a newly discovered city when they come across a mysterious door. Against their better judgment, they decide to enter… and find themselves in a world they never knew existed. Can they find their way back?

4. Fortune Favors the Bold –Write a story about an introvert who finally decides to take a chance and go to a party. When they get there, they find that the night is full of surprises. Can they find their courage and take advantage of the opportunities that are presented?

5. Tech Support, Please –What would happen if technology stopped working for a day? Your character is a tech support worker who has to deal with the fallout. During the outage, they discover that things are much worse than they thought…

6. To Catch a Thief –You’ve been planning a heist for months, and everything is going according to plan… until you find yourself face-to-face with the person who has been one step ahead of you the entire time. Can you outsmart them, or will you be caught?

7. Little White Lies –Your character is a compulsive liar. They’ve been able to get away with it for years, but when they meet someone who seems to be able to see through their lies, they start to unravel. Can they keep up the charade, or will the truth be exposed?

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8. Grounded –Your character is a pilot who is forced to land in an unfamiliar place. When they meet the locals, they realize that this is not like any other place they’ve been before…

9. The Perfectionist –Your character is a perfectionist who is trying to make everything in their life just right. But when things start to go wrong, they realize that maybe perfection isn’t what they really wanted…

10. The Ghostwriter –Your character is a writer who is hired to ghostwrite a book for someone else. But as they start to get to know the person, they realize that there’s more to the story than they expected.

11. The Blue House on the Corner –The bright blue house on the corner has always been a curiosity to Peggy. She’s never seen anyone living in it, but she always sees the curtains moving. One day, she decides to take a closer look and see if anyone is home. Write a story about what happens.

12. International Be Kind to Lawyers Day –It’s International Be Kind to Lawyers Day, and your character is a lawyer who is having a terrible day. But their last client of the day changes everything.

13. Pink Is For Writers –Your protagonist is a writer who is struggling with their latest project. But when they start receiving letters from a fan, things begin to change. Who is this fan, and why are they writing to them?

14. The Lost Wallet –When Tim finds a wallet on the street, he thinks it’s his lucky day. There’s cash inside and no ID, so he decides to keep it. But when the real owner shows up, Tim realizes that this was never a lucky find.

15. The Jazz Club –The club was always hopping, even on weeknights. People from all walks of life came to hear the jazz and let loose for a few hours. Write a story about the people who come to the club and what kind of lives they lead.

16. The Unexpected Visitor –When the doorbell rings, Rachel is surprised to see her old friend from college standing there. They catch up for a while, and then Rachel begins to suspect that she’s not the only one with a secret…

17. Aim For The Stars –When your protagonist was young, her mom used to tell her to ‘aim for the stars.’ Write a story about how she follows her mother’s advice and ends up changing the world.

18. The Life of a Pencil –Have you ever wondered what goes on inside a pencil factory? Write a story from the perspective of a pencil as it goes through the process of being made.

19. April Showers –It’s April and the rain is pouring down. When a woman’s car breaks down, she’s stranded on the side of the road. Write a story about the woman and the stranger who helps her on this rainy day.

20. The Accidental Hero –Sometimes people don’t realize what they’re capable of until they’re put in a situation where they have to be brave. Write a story about someone who is an accidental hero and saves the day.

21. House of Cards –It’s the day of the championship poker game. The house is packed and the atmosphere is electric. Write a story about the game and what happens at the table and behind the scenes.

22. Earth Day –It’s Earth Day, and the world’s leaders have just made an announcement that they’ve found a way to save the planet. Write a story about what happens after they make this announcement and the effect it has on the world.

23. A Day in the Life of a Garbage Collector –Most people don’t think about the people who collect our garbage. Write a story about a day in the life of a garbage collector and the things they see and hear on their route.

24. The Wishbone –When Daisy finds a wishbone, she makes a wish for her perfect life. But when her wish comes true, she realizes that it’s not what she wanted after all. Write a story about Daisy and the things she learns from her wish.

25. The Scariest Place on Earth –Your character goes to a haunted house for fun, but they get more than they bargained for. What happens to them inside?

26. The Magician’s Assistant –When the magician’s assistant is given a real magic wand, they decide to use it to make their own life better. But when their wishes start to go wrong, they have to figure out how to fix them before it’s too late.

27. The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster –In this story, the Loch Ness Monster is real and your character’s job assignment is to find it. They team up with a local guide and set out on an adventure into the deep waters of the loch. Write a story about what happens.

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28. Let’s Get Wild –Your character decides to throw caution to the wind during their final year of college and get away from it all for spring break. They end up in the middle of a forest with no map and no idea where they are. As they try to find their way out, they realize that the forest is not what it seems.

29. The Rat Race –In this story, your character is caught up in the rat race of life. They’re working all the time and they’re never really happy. One day, they meet someone who shows them another way to live. What happens next?

30. The Battle of the Bands –Your character is in a battle of the bands contest. They’ve been practicing hard and they’re determined to win. But when the competition heats up, things start to get out of control. Who will win? Who will lose?

What Tools Do You Need for Creative Writing?

You don’t need anything fancy to get started, and these prompts will give you plenty of writing ideas. 

I mentioned journals and notebooks earlier, which of course seem like a no-brainer for creative writing. Looking for something in between leather-bound journals and school-style notebooks? Try a beautiful Erin Condren coiled notebook or softcover notebook.

You could easily begin writing in a word processing app like Google Docs on your phone or computer. Sometimes, when I’m in the flow of writing on my laptop, the words fly off the ends of my fingers almost before the thought has formed in my head. 

Plus, writing with an electronic app means you can pick up your story threads and continue writing almost anywhere as long as you use something that syncs between your devices. Many programs like Google Docs and Evernote have this capability.

Another app is one of my favorites — otter.ai is a voice-to-text app that is actually pretty good at transcribing and it syncs across devices. This is a great option if you’re more of a verbal storyteller or like to capture your ideas when you’re on the go.

Of course, if you carry a notebook, you can mostly do the same thing. There are also many positives to ‘classic’ pen-to-paper creative writing with something like a beautiful pen and writing journal

Writing by hand has been said to increase hand-eye coordination and improve certain brain functions. I know writers who produce an entire novel in a notebook before even touching a computer keyboard.

You may find one particular form of getting the words out really sparks your creativity… If so, keep doing that!

More Inspiration For Creativity And Writing

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Concluding Thoughts…

Using this great collection of writing prompts every day during April is a great way to find inspiration and keep your creative juices flowing. It can be tough to come up with new ideas on your own. The next time you use prompt ideas as a jumping-off point, I hope you’ll find that the possibilities are endless.

And don’t forget — being creative means that your writing can be an absolute mess, yet still be completely perfect in its own way. In fact, sometimes the best writing comes from the times we just let go and don’t try to do everything ‘right.’

So don’t be afraid to experiment and see what works best for you. Who knows — you may just find that April is your most creative month yet!

You’ve got this!

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