New Year’s Eve Creative Writing Prompts

The beginning of the new year is a great moment to reflect upon the prior year and start envisioning how you want your life to be different for the upcoming year. Enjoy these creative writing prompts and I hope they help get your writing started for the upcoming year.

Fiction Creative Writing Prompts

  1. Write a story that begins with the main character making a New Year’s resolution.
  2. Write a story where the world will end in an exactly a year from this point. The beginning of the book starts with it being New Year’s Eve. What happens at this point? How are people preparing for the end?
  3. Write a story about a group of friends deciding to do something completely random and different from the typical New Year’s Eve traditions. What do they do? What happens to them?
  4. Write a story about someone organizing a really big New Year’s Eve party. However, everything goes wrong. What happens next?
  5. Write a love story about someone who desperately needs to declare their feelings to someone prior to the midnight of New Year’s Eve. Why is this the case? What will happen after midnight if they do not do this?
  6. Write a story about your main character being stuck in the airport for New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, they will miss the festivities planned. Yet, they still want to have fun, but they are in an unknown city. What happens next?
  7. Write a story about someone spending New Year’s in a foreign country. What is it like for them? How is it different from typical New Year’s celebrations?
  8. Write a story about a character who has lost someone in a tragic accident. They just found out a couple of days before the New Year’s. What happens next?
  9. Write a story that begins with a character thinking about his past year on New Year’s Eve. Tell the story in the form of memories over the past year.
  10. Write a story about an impoverished group of friends or family that is working hard to try and spend New Year’s Eve in New York City.
  11. Write a story about a major event that strikes at the midnight of New Year’s Eve such as an extraterrestrial invasion of Earth or a large earthquake.
  12. Write a story about a character who is given the chance to have a reset on the prior year or just get the chance to change the next year in any way they wish. What do they do and how does it impact their life?
  13. Write a story about someone forced to spend New Year’s Eve in a small rural town or village.
  14. Write a story about someone who has to solve a mystery of something suspicious. If the mystery is not solved by midnight of New Year’s Eve, then quite a few people’s lives might be at risk.
  15. Write a story that involves multiple characters celebrating New Year’s Eve. However, their current feelings and thoughts are drastically different. One may have just experienced a heartbreak, another person may be preparing to leave the country the following day and another may be falling in love. All of these characters end up attending the same party. What happens next?

Poetry Creative Writing Prompts

  1. Write a poem about one of your favorite memories of New Year’s Eve memory.
  2. Write a poem about the most ludicrous New Year’s resolution that you have ever heard of or even made for yourself.
  3. Write a poem about what you think an ideal way to spend New Years Eve would be.
  4. Write a poem about what you think a New Year’s resolution for your pet might be.
  5. Write a funny poem about a New Year’s Eve party where everyone suddenly is unable to talk.
  6. Write a poem about a recovering alcoholic faced with attending a New Year’s Eve party for the first time.
  7. Write a poem about a childhood memory of New Year’s Eve.
  8. Write a poem about a special kiss or intimate moment during New Year’s Eve.
  9. Write a poem about how New Year’s Eve is celebrated in another country.
  10. Write a poem about resolutions that you wish your friends and family would make.
  11. Write a poem about a resolution that you made in the past that was very successful and changed your life in some way.
  12. Write a poem about a relationship ending or a tragic death during New Year’s Eve.
  13. Write a poem about how an older couple spends New Year’s Eve. Perhaps they do something non-traditional or spend the evening alone?
  14. Write a poem about how you think New Year’s Eve might be celebrated in 100 years.
  15. Write a poem about the things you wish will happen or will not happen over the next year.

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