Creative Writing Prompt

Posted: October 25, 2010 in Random, Writing Prompts
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Okay, so I want to see what you guys write. I went and found a creative writing prompt in some random far off unknown place of the internet. I want you guys to leave a comment that answers the prompt.

Here’s the Prompt:

In a paragraph describe the setting for a haunted house.


I’ll post mine too.

The house is painted dark gray. The paint is literally peeling back from the mildew encrusted walls. There is one window in the room. The glass has turned yellow with age causing the light shafts to be a dark, musty, yellow. Dust floats around the room, only to be seen in the light. There are two couches in the room. Both are covered in dust clothes that flow over the floor giving them ghostly looks. In the corner, there is a scorched fireplace with logs still in it. The carpet is the color of dried blood. It gives off the smell of antiques that everybody knows so well. The lights in the room are old style lamps on the walls. The glass on most are cracked, and none of them work anymore. The door into the room is newer. It is an dark oak door with the grains of wood are seen throughout.

Hopefully that was okay. Please give me any kind of help! Also PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post your own paragraph. I really want to see how you guys write!


  1. Liz says:

    The Haunted House

    The old door creaked and rattled as the gust of wind blew leaves across the rickety porch. A shutter lay on the ground next to a tipped over “No Trespassing” sign. The yard was in disarray; dead grass, fallen leaves, a few bones, and some rusty gates were scattered across what was once a lawn. The house itself was ominous: a two-story building that leaned slightly to the left. The windows had once been boarded up, but something had clawed away the slats until only holes remained. If you get into the house, you see that it isn’t so extraordinary. The house is antique; most recently inhabited by humans in the 1800s. The old grandfather clock sits next to the stairs, its two hands pointing to 12. The house is full of dust and mustiness. The smell of death and fear lingers in the air, mixed only by the occasional bat that visits. The bloodstained carpet has lumps in it, indicating that something is living underneath it. The lights flicker on and off spontaneously, even though the house has never been connected to electricity. A moan can be heard coming from the master bedroom on nights when the moon is full. On nights when the local town has dances, shadowy figures can be seen coming and going from the house, but no one has ever met these folks. A tree in front of the house beckons to those passing-by, but those who enter are never fortunate enough to make it out unscathed.

    I hope you liked it!

  2. Summerlantis says:

    I believe I left out the sense of smell but here’s my entry. You did the inside of the house so I figured I’d do the outside. 😀 Great prompt by the way.
    The dilapidated home lies at the bottom of an incline leading to the potholed highway roads. Once the envy of all neighbors, (neighbors that have long moved on or died upon the floorboards) the sparse grass grows wild, their tips reaching even the lowest window of the house. ‘That Old Farmhouse’ is what anyone ever called the home. It’s a wonder why it hasn’t been torn down yet. The shingled roof is chipped like the bark of a tree that has been gnawed by uneven teeth. The roof is sunken, sloping and rutted. No one knows how the wooden chair got upon the roof. But it’s there, its weathered wood scratched and flaking from the wind and rain. The floorboards on the porch where some say an old man sat out is littered now with grimy beer bottles and flattened soda cans. And the old man’s rocking utters a cry, the lonely creaking of wood as it sways. Back and forth, back and forth, as if the old man still sits upon its peeling wood.

    • Danny says:

      Awesome!! That’s a great description! I personally liked the end there with the swinging bench. All creaking swings are kind of scary and the old man and peeling wood really added a great touch. Thanks for commenting. Hope you come back for more!

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