21 Fall Writing Prompts to Tackle This October 🎃

Happy October 2nd, all!

Shelby Sullivan


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As the leaves begin to turn and the air grows crisp, I think it’s the perfect time to wear sweaters, stay inside, and do some autumn-inspired writing. I’m hoping to write several short stories this October to flex my muscles for NaNoWriMo in November. 🎃🍂

It’s time for me to dust off those cobwebs on the fiction part of my brain!

To do this, I’m looking again to Reedsy. I’ve talked about them before. They have decent prompts and even host writing contests if you’re interested!

Screenshot of the first 5 writing prompts for fall on Reedsy.

Currently, Reedsy Prompts has 21 fall writing prompts to help inspire those dusty fiction lobes of mine. They’re not all great prompts, so I may look to Tumblr too for some pumpkin-spiced, thrilling, cozy, romantic, or even horror-filled ideas to get those juices flowing.

At the top of every story I write, I’ll add the prompt for reference and just go for it. The goal is not perfection but rather challenging myself to write whatever comes to mind. To just get inspired, and GO!

I’m sure not every story will be good. Not all will be posted here or sent off somewhere for publishing. But getting this exercise will be good practice leading up to NaNoWriMo. If you want to join me, check out these prompts with me and send me your stories if you publish them!

Take your time and enjoy writing them throughout the month, but don’t feel pressured to write a story each day. Give yourself the gift of extra time to savor the writing and editing process.

Even if you only write one story this October, you’re already further ahead than you were before.

I hope you embark on this journey with me to get some short stories written this month. I think it’s a good way to prepare for NaNoWriMo and to flex those spooky writing muscles.

Happy writing! 📚🍁


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