Writing Prompts


hatOur language is filled with idioms, phrases which have definitions different from their literal meanings. Clichés such as “at the drop of a hat,” “take the words out of your mouth” and “kick the bucket” creep unnoticed in our writing and everyday speech.

Write a story or paragraph in which a character or scene literally portrays an idiom. How can you put the idiom into a new framework within a scene or story? How can you write a character whose idioms define his or her role in the story?

Check out this list of idioms on dictionary.com for more inspiration.

Share your writing in the comments section below. Please keep posts under 500 words.

For more inspiration, visit our database of writing prompts.


  • n1m

    Great idea!

  • Keva

    The view from that precarious perch made his jaw drop.
    It shattered on the pointy rocks below.