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20 Post-Apocalyptic Prompts to Inspire You Next Novel

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I’m back today with more writing prompts! This time I’m giving you some post-apocalyptic prompts. If you would like to check out my other writing prompt posts I will leave the links down below –


1. The electric goes out and everyone’s disappeared.

2. Write a story from the perspective of a zombie.

3. You were born the year the apocalypse happens. Tell your story.

4. You need food so you break into an abandoned supermarket. That’s when you hear the music box start playing and you realise you aren’t alone.

5. You’re the leader of the baddest, most ruthless gang in the wasteland. Write about what happens when someone threatens your leadership.


6. A character uses the apocalypse to forge a new identity and start a new life. Why?

7. The unthinkable happens and now you’re stuck in your dad’s bunker.

8. Multiple volcanoes erupt at the same time, destroying much of the world. You only survive because you were playing up in the mountains with your friends. What happens next?

9. Your family have been ready for months. Except when the bombs finally arrive you’re trapped inside the bunker and your dad is nowhere to be found.

10. You thought you were alone in this new world until you meet up with an escaped convict.


11. A strange howling is heard across the world then everything erupts into chaos.

12. The oceans rise and the world is flooded. How do you survive?

13. You’ve always hated Friday the 13th. That’s why you weren’t surprised when the apocalypse happened on that very day.

14. You’ve spent the last 2 years in your bunker and now it’s time to resurface. Write about what you find.

15. The only reason you survived the apocalypse is because you agreed to go into a special bunker to be experimented on. Now, a group of you have decided to break out. Write about what happens.


16. You are searching for supplies when you find a 10-year-old girl huddled in a supermarket. You decide to take her with you.

17. How you would you celebrate Christmas in the wasteland?

18. You agreed to be cryogenically frozen whilst the apocalypse took place. What everyone thought would happen, turned out to be wrong. Everything is so much worse.

19. A riot breaks out in your bunker and the only way to get away from it is to leave the safety of the underground, but you don’t know what’s out there.

20. A spat of dangerous weather breaks out all over the world. Hundreds of thousands of people die. You are left to take care of your 2 small siblings. What happens?

Let me know if you use any of these prompts, I’d love to see what you come up with. 

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Writing How To: Strengths and Weaknesses of Planning & Pantsing

Hey guys! This post is inspired by a massive change I made recently to the novel I’m currently working on. I was sat there, 3/4 of the way through my plan and I decided I hated my protagonist and I wanted to change them. I realised how much of a pickle I’d be in if I hadn’t been planning my novel extensively. I’d be halfway through my first draft and have to completely rework the entire plot. It got me thinking about the different ways in which writers plan their novels and I’ve come up with the strengths and weaknesses of the two main methods.


Planning is pretty self explanatory – it’s when a writer creates an outline in which they can work from when writing their novel.


  • You can fix plot holes as you notice them.
  • Characters are more fleshed out.
  • You’re less likely to hit the blank page syndrome.
  • It gives you a clear direction.


  • You run the risk of losing interest in the story.
  • It takes agessssss.
  • You might feel like you can’t deviate from the outline.
  • It can curb your creativity.


Pantsing refers to writing the book ‘by the seat of your pants’. When someone goes into writing a novel without an outline to guide them, it is known as pantsing.


  • You won’t get bogged down by all the details and can get right on with the story.
  • You’re less likely to get bored.
  • You have the freedom to write whatever comes to mind.
  • You find out what’s happening at the same time as the characters do.


  • There may be more plot holes to fix after you’ve finished your first draft.
  • Characters might not end up as fleshed out as they need to be.
  • There’s more work when it comes to the second draft.
  • You may get hit with writers block.


I’m definitely in the planning group. I wish I could be a pantser but I need a plan to guide me when it comes to writing my first draft.

Saying this – always remember to do what works best for you. Every writer is different and what works for someone else might not work for you. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful if you’re thinking about or are currently writing a novel.

Are you a planner or a pantser? Let me know in the comments, I’m interested to know 




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