He got up and sat on the edge of the bedstead with his back to the window. “It’s better not to sleep at all,” he decided. There was a cold damp draught from the window, however; without getting up he drew the blanket over him and wrapped himself in it. He was not thinking of anything and did not want to think. But one image rose after another, incoherent scraps of thought without beginning or end passed through his mind. He sank into drowsiness. Perhaps the cold, or the dampness, or the dark, or the wind that howled under the window and tossed the trees roused a sort of persistent craving for the fantastic. He kept dwelling on images of flowers, he fancied a charming flower garden, a bright, warm, almost hot day, a holiday—Trinity day. A fine, sumptuous country cottage in the English taste overgrown with fragrant flowers, with flower beds going round the house; the porch, wreathed in climbers, was surrounded with beds of roses. A light, cool staircase, carpeted with rich rugs, was decorated with rare plants in china pots. He noticed particularly in the windows nosegays of tender, white, heavily fragrant narcissus bending over their bright, green, thick long stalks. He was reluctant to move away from them, but he went up the stairs and came into a large, high drawing-room and again everywhere—at the windows, the doors on to the balcony, and on the balcony itself—were flowers. The floors were strewn with freshly-cut fragrant hay, the windows were open, a fresh, cool, light air came into the room. The birds were chirruping under the window, and in the middle of the room, on a table covered with a white satin shroud, stood a coffin. The coffin was covered with white silk and edged with a thick white frill; wreaths of flowers surrounded it on all sides. Among the flowers lay a girl in a white muslin dress, with her arms crossed and pressed on her bosom, as though carved out of marble. But her loose fair hair was wet; there was a wreath of roses on her head. The stern and already rigid profile of her face looked as though chiselled of marble too, and the smile on her pale lips was full of an immense unchildish misery and sorrowful appeal. Svidrigaïlov knew that girl; there was no holy image, no burning candle beside the coffin; no sound of prayers: the girl had drowned herself. She was only fourteen, but her heart was broken. And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled

The Best Writing Prompts on Tumblr

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Best Writing Prompts on TumblrTumblr is a blog site that is good for more than just hipster photos and crying over your favorite pop culture icons. It’s also a community for writers of all genres to collaborate and share ideas. 

Tumblr is a great resource for writing prompts. Writing prompts on Tumblr take a number of forms, with each Tumblr specializing in a particular form of writing prompt. Even though most of the writing prompts are geared towards short stories that can be written on the site, many of the prompts and ideas can be incorporated in fiction of any length.

Witter Prompts

No, that’s not a misspelling of “writer.” A person with the first name of Witter writes this Tumblr, and it gives “first line” prompts of quotes/lines. The lines can be randomly posted, or related to a category submitted by a reader.

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Hourly Writing Prompts

With over 2000 pages, this Tumblr specializes in “single-word prompts.” It posts a new prompt of one or two words every hour, often nouns or adjectives. If you just need a little oomph to get you writing, get inspired by these very short ideas.

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Picture Writing Prompts

Reading a story is like watching a movie in your head, so it only makes sense to look at these picture writing prompts! They have a great variety of photos of every kind and shape, so scroll through a few until you find one that inspires you.

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Prompts on Paper

Each of these Tumblr prompts are quote prompts, usually a single sentence but sometimes two. They are different and intriguing, as the quotes clearly indicate a possible plot, character emotion, or setting. 

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All of the Prompts

This Tumblr combines picture and word prompts. Sets of three picture prompts are posted to show either either a setting or a sequence of events. The word prompts are often themed or individual prompts based off of a submission.

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OTP Imagines

This writing prompt Tumblr gives you the ability to fill in your own characters, often referring to couples, using Person A and B in most of the posts. It’s geared towards short fiction for OTPs, which stands for One True Pairing. This refers to a pop culture couple that you favor, regardless if the couple is confirmed. OTPs are the most common subjects for fiction in Tumblr.

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Pleasant Night Arbiter

 This Tumblr is a mix up of several types of prompts. They throw in a few dialogue prompts, word prompts, and many themed AU collections, which stands for Alternative Universe. This also refers to the world of fan fiction, meaning it takes place in our everyday world as opposed to where the pop culture characters usually reside. 

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Writing Prompts 

This is a helpful blog that gives you prompts based off of different fiction aspects such as the first line, the title, or character situations. It can spark something in your creative mind that can trickle down into other aspects of the story.


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