Get Inspired with the Fan Fiction Prompt-O-Matic

Fanfiction Prompts to Inspire You

How to Write Fan Fiction is your one-stop-shop for inspiration.

I’ve just set up a new feature at How to Write Fan Fiction–the Fan Fiction Prompt-O-Matic. (Check it out, just to the top left of this post.)

Every time you visit, you’ll get a brand new prompt. Sometimes, all it takes is a single word to set your imagination on overdrive, so if you are looking for inspiration for your next Fanfic, How to Write Fan Fiction is your one stop shop for prompts. (If you want some help working with prompts, head over to  How to Write with Prompts.) And don’t forget, we’ve got prompt tables for those of you who really want a challenge.

Once you have your Prompt, you can use the Mind Map Worksheet to really work out your idea. Spend between 5 and 10 minutes writing down everything you can think of that relates to your prompt. More than once, I’ve had a story outline itself with this process. Prompts are a great way to brush up on your writing skills–just writing a drabble (100 word fic) a day, keeps your creativity flowing. Drabbles often provide the seeds for longer stories–after you’ve had a while to let things simmer in the back of your brain.

If you have any prompts that you’d like me to add to the list, please submit them via the Contact page on this site. And when you write your story, please come back and share a link in the comments of this post so that we call all read it.


  1. Divergent Rebel says:

    Hi Daphne! I’m 14 years old and I want to write. But I think I’m to young to write to an actual publisher. But I want to prove that I can write at a young age. Can you give me some advice?

    • Fan Fiction says:


      The first thing I would say is that writing is not about age so I would encourage you to write as much as you can. Are you already writing Fan Fiction? It’s such a great place to start because you have great characters and even plots that help you learn really important things about story structure and characterization without even knowing what you are doing! Publishers will be looking for a basic understanding of how to tell a story in anything you submit. Is your ultimate goal publication? The doors are so wide open for you because you can find success as a self published or traditionally published author–even begin to build your following now as you write fan fiction.

      One of the best things that I did when I first started to write was to befriend other writers who were also just starting out and we made our own little mastermind group. There are three of us and I learned keeping the numbers low is a good idea. We’ve been friends, betas and occasionally co-writers for almost 10 years. Having them read my stuff, talk about writing and encourage me has been really foundational in my own writing process. (One of them even contributed a few articles to the How to Write Fan Fiction website and they both edited the How to Write Fan Fiction manuscript.) We’ve grown together as writers and it’s so helpful to have people you can trust going over your writing.

      I hope this answers your question and I’d be happy to continue the conversation if you’d like to discuss it further. You can email me at or just use the contact form on the site.