#FromOneLine is a creative (writing) prompt I started back in 2019, where a single line is given as a prompt and writers are invited to take the line and run with it. The variety and diversity of writing that comes back from just one line is astounding.

I was asked recently if there was anywhere online to find all the previous FromOneLine prompts… and as there wasn’t, I figured I’d add a page here… please feel free to create using the prompts below and share your creations with the hashtag #FromOneLine. (Unless specified, the lines are donated by myself, megwaf – feel free to create / be inspired / and do with them as you wish!)

1. I have borrowed words from you

2. There was no way of telling

3. When the last shadows fell

4. It was left in plain sight

5. I hadn’t realised the time

6. There are noises in the garden

7. He should have done it by now

8. It wasn’t always like this

9. Her steps were slow and measured

10. It was heavier than expected

11. They left the light on

12. The stone was cold to touch

13. I forgot what it was

14. He turned back once again

15. The tiles were still wet

16. It was the last one

17. It was two days late

18. The fire had gone out

19. We all felt the earth move

20. I left the lid off

21. She circled the words

22. Have you had enough

23. it wasn’t obvious at first

24. There was nothing left

25. This one was different

26. What if I told you

27. There was blossom on the trees

28. she made a cup of tea

29. he opened his eyes just in time

30. the paint was almost dry

31. it was only one line

32. she thought the house was empty

33. “where have you been?” she asked

34. as soon as there was enough

35. The morning after told a different story

36. I never knew words were beautiful (this line was donated by Ozzy @OzzyWon1)

37. There was that noise again

38. “you do have a plan, don’t you?”

39. We decided to stay (donated by Monique @starfish_72)

40. I wrote my last note to you which read (donated by Rob Taylor @LairdOfTheHeart)

41. Don’t start with me (donated by Connie Biskamp @Cbiskamp)

42. My clock has no hands (donated by Daniel Cummings @DanielC55186873)

43. I wanted to tell you that (donated by ਮਸਕੀਨ @_childofpeace)

44. Had I remembered correctly

45. At the horizon (donated by Sahil_Vasudev @passerbysahil_)

46. After all this (donated by Luna @YourMoonliness)

47. Do you see me (donated by Daniel Cummings @DanielC55186873)

48. If I could, I would (donated by Nanak @nanakss_)

49. Let me put it this way

50. Whisper my name (donated by Dandelion Girl @moscowdandelion)

51. I knew there was hope when (donated by Mick @MrMick2021)

52. Every time I think of you (donated cypher @_childofpeace)

53. Swirling leaves of sage predicted (donated by Syreeta Muir @hungryghostpoet)

54. At the last moment (donated by Liz Kyfer @LizKyfer)

55. In the silence (donated by FrancesJAndrew @FrancesJAndrew1)

56. As I blinked I thought

57. How can you melt in the rain (donated by Daniel Cummings @DanielC55186873)

58. Keep it a secret (donated by Sahil_Vasudev @passerbysahil_)

59. While we were apart (donated by Pat @patrici30730227)

60. I was too empty for words

61. One hour left (donated by FrancesJAndrew @FrancesJAndrew1)

62. There is no sun today (donated by Kobayaashi @MrKobayaashi)

63. As if i needed a reason (donated by Luna @YourMoonliness)

64 . Living between rainbows (donated by Jaime Munn @jaimemmunn)

65. I’ve had enough

66. We look but rarely see (donated by Jenny O’G @drjenny88)

67. Somewhere in the future (donated by Sahil_Vasudev @passerbysahil_)

68. From this seed, I was born (donated by Daniel Cummings @DanielC55186873)

69. Why should we write (donated by @MrKobayaashi)

70. A half-hidden path (donated by FrancesJAndrew @FrancesJAndrew1)

71. There was nothing wise about it

72. The time I take (donated by Luna @YourMoonliness)

73. The door was left open

74. It was like getting mouldy raspberries (donated by FrancesJAndrew @FrancesJAndrew1)

If you’d like to read some of the poems and short stories that these FromOneLine prompts have inspired visit the #FromOneLine search on Twitter.
The latest prompt can be found pinned to the top of the @FromOneLine twitter profile.

FromOneLine Anthologies : A collection of writings inspired by #FromOneLine is being published by Kobayaashi Studios – if you would like to submit your writing for consideration please visit the Kobayaashi Submissions page : https://www.kobayaashi.co.uk/Subs.html DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS : 9th JULY 2021.

Submissions are open for the first FromOneLine Anthology : https://www.kobayaashi.co.uk/Subs.html