Submitted Date 08/21/2019

Did you know that there are people who don't like music? Not a particular type of music, no music at all. Though I'm sure there's a very good neurological explanation, it's almost unimaginable to me. I often use music to elevate my mood and my productivity. I even use it as inspiration for my writing, as my favorite musicians are ones whose songs tell a captivating story. For this list of writing prompts, I checked out Billboard's top singles for the last ten years. Even if pop music isn't your cup of tea, I hope you'll have fun dipping into these story starters inspired by hit songs. (You can find links to my other writing prompt lists at the bottom of this post).

1. Research the oldest part of your city and write a period piece based on what you learn. (Old Town Road - Lil Nas X)

2. Write a story about destiny, an experience too perfectly aligned to be coincidence. (2018 - God's Plan, Drake)

3. Tell the exciting adventure of a shape-shifting hero. (2017 - Shape of You, Ed Sheeran)

4. A young lover wakes up alone in bed. There's a note from their significant other on the pillow. (2016 - Love Yourself, Justin Bieber)

5. Write about a Saturday night escapade that results in a 911 call. "Call the police and the fireman!" (2015 - Uptown Funk, Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars)

6. Your main character starts a media company that only reports happy news. (2014 - Happy, Pharrell Williams)

7. Write about a precious item that's discovered at a thrift store. (2013 - Thrift Shop, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz)

8. Two former high school sweethearts meet unexpectedly at a weeklong company conference. (2012 - Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye featuring Kimbra)

9. A wealthy entrepreneur hires a commerical diver to find evidence of an affair. (2011 - Rolling in the Deep, Adele)

10. A family discovers that a grandfather clock allows for time travel. (2010 - Tik Tok, Kesha)


Can you believe 2010 was 9 years ago? To distract you from that and other evidence of our aging, browse through more prompts at the links below:

Five Poetry Prompts & Activities for Your Next Workshop https://www.writespike.com/story/YQllvaKCtGNP/five-poetry-prompts-activities-for-your-next-workshop/

15 Realistic Fiction Writing Prompts https://www.writespike.com/story/ufTrdg4u9hHo/15-realistic-fiction-writing-prompts/

Three Ways to Start a Story https://www.writespike.com/story/IG2E5sVoDEzn/three-ways-to-start-a-story/

25 Writing Prompts That Are Out of This World https://www.writespike.com/story/S37cXc30e5Au/25-writing-prompts-that-are-out-of-this-world/

15 Emotional Writing Prompts https://www.writespike.com/story/S60J8r4MbBWO/15-emotional-writing-prompts/


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  • Ceara 4 years, 3 months ago

    Wow I love these and the idea of using songs this way!! Thanks so much for sharing!