5 Best Writing Prompts Ever!

These are absolutely the five best dialog writing prompts I ever wrote for this blog post. Guaranteed. I call them “Conversations I wish I’d had.”


“When last we met you were holding a hippopotamus.”

“I was? I wonder what happened to it.”


“I love rocky road ice cream.”

“Me too, except when made out of rocks from real roads.”

“True. Not nearly as tasty.”


“Did you ever buy that ray gun you had your eye on?”

“No, I’m still making payments on my jet pack.”


“What are your plans for the summer?”

“Run to the top of Kilimanjaro. Again.”


“Have you RSVP’ed to that invitation we got?”

“Yeah, I told the Queen we wouldn’t be there next weekend. She sounded disappointed. We’ll have to make it up to her somehow.”


[Tell me in the comments: what is a conversation you wish you had? Or you can take one of these prompts and give the next line in the dialog. Remember, none of this is serious and no one is getting graded!]

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9 Responses to 5 Best Writing Prompts Ever!

  1. stephanielynn75 says:

    lol Tim…I remember when you were posting these on Twitter recently, and I laughed so much! Did I tell you that? If not, I’m sorry.

    A conversation I wish I had:

    “We’d like to offer you a lucrative position in the top tier of our company.”

    “I have similar offers from the FBI, Mommy Bloggers, and Clown College. I’ll get back to you when I’ve made a decision.”

    • Tim says:

      That’s excellent, Steph! My next line as the interviewer in your conversation would be: “Interesting you should say that. We are actually recruiting for the FBI, who is looking for a mommy blogger to go undercover at a clown college. When can you start?”

  2. Jeannie says:

    “When last we met you were holding a hippopotamus.”
    “I was? I wonder what happened to it.”
    “I did see some hippos standing in a Help Wanted line down the street…”
    “Help Wanted? What on earth kind of job requires hippos?”
    “I’m not quite sure. The sign said ‘Rainbow Cruise Line: Escape Destruction, Repopulate the Planet, AND Enjoy (Eventual) Shore Excursions. Enquire Within: Ask for Noah.'”
    “Huh. Wonder what that’s all about.”

  3. Bronwyn Lea says:

    So funny. The hippo one made me cackle.

    I tried the comfort of absurdity during a meltdown moment yesterday:

    Callum: aaaaaaaaaaaaagggh! I never get to have any fun! When will I ever get to watch a show again! ( tears and flailing$)
    Me: sure you will get to watch a show again. Right after the purple giraffe finishes making the fancy sandwiches.
    Callum (calm): giraffes don’t make fancy sandwiches.

    *score 1 for mommy*

  4. EricaM says:

    “Did you ever buy that ray gun you had your eye on?”
    “No, I’m still making payments on my jet pack.”
    “You remember what happened to Bo–”
    “Pshaw. Boba was an amateur.”
    “I wonder if anyone else realizes this is what we use those overdue fines for.”
    “Better not tell them. Last thing we need is for the city council to find out!”

    (On that note, a lot of these sound like conversations I actually have. Hmmm…)

  5. Love these. Here in Florida we have had “Florida Writes” and students are very familiar with PROMPTS. I do think that we take creativity away from our youth when we give them prompts.

    I shared a Power Point with middle school and high school students on my process of writing a book after I retired. Then I asked, “Who here thinks now that you can write a book also?” No one in either class was interested. And why? These particular students were SO SICK of the writing process with prompts.

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