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20 Dystopian Writing Prompts To Inspire Your Next Novel

A writer can never have too much inspiration. The next instalment in my writing prompt series is Dystopian. If you’d like to check out my other posts in this series, I’ll leave the links below;

20 Winter Writing Prompts For An Inspiring December

30 Fantasy Writing Prompts for a Creative November

3 Word Creative Writing Prompts (For The Horror Writer In You)

Keep writing and stay inspired!


1. A plague hits your walled-in town, but instead of people dying, they just disappear into a poof of smoke.

2. All men are gone from the world, how do women conceive in this new world?

3. Don’t go outside after dark or you won’t even be around to regret it.

4. A siren sounds off every evening and every morning, why?

5. The government is stealing babies and you were one of them 14 years ago.

6. Everyone has to enlist in the army when they turn 16. This year it’s time for you to begin your training.

7. A meteor strike 100 years ago sent the remaining humans underground. Today is the day you emerge..

8. A deadly cat and mouse game takes place in a walled off city.

9. After a nuclear bomb destroyed the world, a new society was created where teens have developed strange powers.

10. Parents have the choice to kill you or send you to be imprisoned. Your parents chose to hide you underground..

11. The government is killing people to save money on the healthcare service.

12. Every human is born with a certain animal tattooed on their skin, why?

13. When they reach the age of 10, every child is sent to the lab to be tested on. When they emerge 6 years later they are not the same as they once were..

14. The world freezes over and humans disappear into bunkers. Write what happens when they emerge.

15. Every child must learn about how their community was formed – except everything that is taught is lies.

16. A competition is held every 5 years to weed out the weak. This year – the rules have changed and the participants are now teenagers.

17. You discover your entire life has been a lie..

18. Global warming destroyed the world as we know it, what is it like 200 years later..

19. The government drove everyone mad and many people died. What community was born after the fallout?

20. An underground community has strict rules. What happens if you break those rules?


Let me know if you use any of these, I’d love to read what you create 🙂

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How To Avoid Stigmatising Mental Health In Your Novel

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be talking about how to avoid stigmatising mental health in your novel. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stigma attached to mental illness (and in my opinion made worse by social media) and people seem to be determined to see mental illness in a certain way. Every single person suffering from an illness is completely different, and everyone’s experiences are individual. The portrayal of mental illnesses in popular fiction (books, TV, film etc), if done incorrectly, can make the stigma worse and is damaging to those of us who suffer. Below, I’m going to share some tips to help you portray mental illness in the best way you can..


Although not everyone will feel comfortable sharing their experiences, as long as you are respectful and remain non judgemental some sufferers will be perfectly happy to give you some insight. Talking to actual sufferers of mental illness can be enlightening and give you valuable first hand accounts on what it’s like to live with a condition. This information can enable you to to craft a realistic portrayal of a character suffering from a mental illness.

Side note – remember never use information that enables anyone to be identified. Remove all identifying features, change their histories and/or life experiences so your character is a new person. Lots of writers use bits and pieces from all different kinds of people to create characters, because basing a character too similar to someone in real life can open you up to problems.


Use proper, respected sites to gather your information about the mental illness you are including in your novel. Remember that there are many different symptoms related to mental illnesses and you don’t always have to just use the typical, well known ones in your novel.

Some greats sites include Mind | Childline | Rethink | Beat.


Don’t scrimp on research, and make it a priority to check and double check before the final manuscript is released. Also, take your time when you are developing characters to make sure that every aspect is weaved into the story. Make sure you have accounted for things like possible causes, a detailed history and how it affects their everyday life.


It can be easy to observe mental illness in films/books/tv shows and automatically assume the portrayal is correct or that’s the only way someone with a mental illness presents. Sadly, many fictional portrayals (especially films) can be highly stigmatised and often show sufferers to be dangerous. Also, don’t use information from tabloid newspapers. These articles can be harmful for stigma and often contain incorrect information.


This irritates me because recovery is not something that happens overnight and it’s unlikely to happen without treatment of some sort. These things take time and hard work. Acting like miraculous recovery is the norm may make people believe that that’s how it happens in real life, or that all you have to do is think positive and boom, you’re cured.


Have you written a fiction book including mental illness? Do you have any tips for writers on this topic?

What’s In My Writer Toolkit? (And Tips On Creating Your Own!)

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing what’s in my writer toolkit and how you can go about making your own. There are many definitions as to what a writer toolkit is but to me it’s anything I need nearby or anything I find helpful when I’m writing. I keep the majority of my items in the above Harry Potter bag one of my close friends got me for Christmas (you can check out her blog here!) Without further ado, here is my writer toolkit..


Novel bible.

This is probably the most important item in my toolkit. If you don’t know what a novel bible is it’s basically a collection of all aspects of your novel – character information, locations, scenes, research etc. It’s so when you’re writing you have all the information at hand. Although there are computer programs that are great for this, I find there’s nothing like good old pen and paper. It also saves having 10 tabs open and getting easily distracted from writing. At the moment I’m currently in the process of trying different things to discover which works best for me as a writer, but for now I am just using an A4 notebook.


Bullet journal.

At the present time I just have one bullet journal for all of my needs – including my personal planning as well as my writing life. I’m in the process of deciding on whether or not I want a separate one just for writing, but for now my one bullet journal always needs to be nearby so I know where I’m up to and what I need to do next.

If you’d like to see inside of my bullet journal you can see my 2019 Bullet Journal post here. 


Scene cards.

It took me a long time to discover the advantages of using index cards for my scenes, but it’s honestly the best way I’ve found to organise my outline. In my toolkit I keep my current novel’s scene cards as well as some spare ones in case I need to add anything in as I go.


Emotion thesaurus.

I’ve had my eye on this book for a while after seeing it recommended in a YouTube video. I struggle a lot with ‘show don’t tell’ especially when it comes to emotions. This book is helping me so much with finding different ways of describing emotions whilst also improving my writing. This should be a staple in all writer’s toolkits!


The Witch’s Journal and The Green Witch.

I am fascinated by anything to do with Witchcraft and the Pagan religion so it’s only natural it creeps into my novels. I was pleased to receive these books for Christmas from my best friend, and I put them straight into my toolkit. They are an amazing reference for writing my current and future novels.


1000 Words To Expand Your Vocabulary.

This was another book I received for Christmas from Channie! As a writer I am fascinated by words and this is a great book for learning new words!


iPad keyboard.

Lastly, I have my iPad keyboard. It’s nothing fancy, just a bog standard Bluetooth keyboard. I do the majority of my writing on my iPad because I find writing on a computer hurts my eyes and because it’s heavy I can’t use it for long periods of time. However, there’s nothing like typing on a keyboard so this was an essential purchase for me.


  • What are some essentials you can’t write without? Maybe it’s things you absolutely must have before you can even start writing. Notebooks, laptop/tablet, pens, novel bibles, scene cards are some ideas.
  • Are there any reference books that you find useful when your writing, or that relate to your current work in progress? For example – my witch’s journal. However, this could also mean dictionaries or thesaurus, or vocabulary books.
  • Are there any books on the craft of writing you like to dip in and out of while writing?
  • Do you like to keep a planner for your writing? Somewhere you write down your goals, deadlines, ideas? Whether that’s a bullet journal, Filofax, page a day diary etc.
  • Anything you use/get inspiration from – favourite books, pictures, music, quotes.


Do you have a writer toolkit? If so, what’s in yours?

9 Useful Apps to Increase Productivity As A Writer

1. Scrivener.

Platforms available on: macOS | Windows | iOS.

Price: $45 on macOS and Windows & $19.99 on iOS.

• This is one app I couldn’t do without. I tried out the free trial on my desktop computer and LOVED IT. I then purchased the iOS version as I do most of my writing on my iPad. It’s definitely worth the money and I’ve gotten so much more done than I ever have with other apps/programs. It’s a fantastic way to organise your planning and you can easily view documents side by side. I would recommend this to anyone whose is struggling to manage their time or organise their writing.


2. Evernote.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android | Windows | macOS.

Price: Free (basic) | £44.99 / year (premium).

  • This is where I keep all my notes – whether it be plot bunnies, poetry or ideas for my work in progress. If I have an idea whilst I’m out or at home – I use Evernote to write it down. I love that you can separate your notes into separate notebooks so everything stays nice and organised. You can also add photos, annotations, voice memos etc if you so wish. There is also a premium plan available if that’s something you’d be interested in, but to be honest I don’t think I’d ever need to upgrade to premium as the basic free plan does everything I need it to do.

3. Pages.

Platforms available on: macOS | iOS.

Price: Free.

  • Pages is Apple’s own word processor. I use this for drafting my blog posts and editing. I love to get out my stylus and draw all over my writing – just like you would on a piece of paper. It’s quite similar to Word however I prefer this because it works a lot smoother on my iPad.

4. Merriam Webster Dictionary.

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • I’ve used so many digital dictionaries and never found one that suits my needs. However, I discovered this app not long along. What I love about this app is it includes word games. I’ve tried them out and it’s helping me expand my vocabulary.

5. Day One.

Platforms available on: iOS | macOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app is basically a digital journal. One of my writing goals this year is to write more and one thing I decided to start doing was writing down my thoughts of the day. It has a simple layout, and you can add photos to your entries. It also has a little tracker so you can see how many entries you’ve made overall, in a week etc.

6. Simple Mind +

Platforms available on: iOS | Android.

Price: Free (premium version available).

  • This app allows you to create mind maps. I’m too lazy and impatient to create beautiful mind maps on paper so I just use this app. I find it useful if I’m struggling with a certain aspect of my novel or I need a quick flow of ideas. I love this app because it’s so simple and there’s no fancy settings or complicated stuff. There is a full version you can pay for but I’m using the free version which is enough for me.

7. Lists for Writers.

Platforms available on:

Price: iOS | Android.

Price: £1.91.

  • This is exactly what it says on the tin. I love lists and I especially love lists that are all in one place and easy for me to access. It has everything from physical characteristics, names, jobs, setting, genres and lots more. I only wish there was an option to add your own lists and I think I’d love the app even more.

8. Brainsparker.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: Free.

  • This is another app for sparking ideas. It has prompts related to goals and journaling. You can also add other packs related to characters, blogging, words, quotes and many more. It also has a handy random feature so you can mix all your packs into one big ‘pot’ and it will choose you a random question/prompt.

9. Prompts.

Platforms available on: iOS.

Price: $0.99

  • This is one I recently discovered. I love to write poetry but sometimes I lack any inspiration and can go weeks without writing any. So I looked on the AppStore for some sort of prompt app to help me get the creativity going and I came across this one. I love it because when you create a new note, it gives you a couple of words to start. I was unsure this would work but I’m amazed with how much it really helps! It also has a handy stat tracker allowing you to see your progress.

What are some of your favourite writing apps?


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