20 New Year Writing Prompts

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014.

Looking for inspiration for the New Year? Something to keep you busy as the holidays are winding down? These ideas will help get you started. Consider them a springboard for your own projects, and have fun with them.

Fiction Writer

  1. Write a novella about a New Year resolution gone wrong.
  2. Try a short story about a person who struggles, but finally reaches an important goal.
  3. Write a book about what happens when you don’t meet your New Year goal.
  4. Write about a family with a combined goal, and the obstacles that stand in their way.
  5. Consider writing a book about a woman who hides herself away, as part of her New Year resolution, in a remote location for one year in order to finish writing her book.

Nonfiction Writer

  1. Write a blog post about your New Year goals.
  2. Write an article about a goal your readers might work toward, with tips and a challenge.
  3. Write an article about New Year traditions.
  4. Try writing a guide taking people step-by-step through the process of achieving their goals.
  5. Have you ever written a personal essay? Do so using an experience from your past, where you either achieved or did not achieve an important goal.


  1. Create a Ballade with a New Year theme.
  2. Write a Haiku about goals.
  3. Try your hand at Free Verse, with a New Year theme of a first love.
  4. Write an Ode to a New Year date.
  5. Create a Shape Poem about a New Year adventure.

Combining Photography with Writing

  1. Photograph a New Year’s Eve party, concentrating on the table settings and decorations. Write articles to go with your photographs to use as next year’s blog posts. Be sure to credit the incredible creative abilities of those who set things up.
  2. Use your photographs to write a series of articles for an online or offline publication other than your own.
  3. Take photographs depicting New Year traditions, getting releases from any people you may take pictures of, and create an eBook.
  4. Get a picture of the weather outside to go with an article about weather patterns on New Year’s day throughout the years. How has it changed? Or stayed the same?
  5. Photograph the steps of a craft project or a favorite meal for the holiday, to post with instructions on your blog.


As a challenge, I would like to see you complete, edit, and publish at least one of the items from the lists above (or your own project inspired by those ideas) if you are a new freelancer. A seasoned freelancer? Do the same for two or three of the above. Feel free to post a link or publication information in the comments, so we can all enjoy your work. No hurry, so long as they are done by the end of 2016. If you prefer not to post in the comments, feel free to email me any time at shannonlbuck@gmail.com. I answer all emails.

Shannon L. Buck

About Shannon L. Buck

Hello. My name is Shannon, and I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters, and Memay to one precious Little Man. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres. At some point, I would like to travel. It would be a true writing adventure.

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