Use of pronouns in my writing prompts

As you know, Corvidprompts uses neopronouns in our writing prompts. This is for a few reasons;

  • neopronouns remove a gender bias from the prompts

This is important to me because of all the gendered troping that goes into developing a scene. I might be thinking of a femme fatale when I’m putting the prompt together, but the promptee (prompt user) might find it fits a male character much better

  • They’re gender neutral, but use the same sentence structure she/her and he/him pronouns, which makes it easier to change the prompt to suit the promptee’s needs

my prompts are there to use! This includes editing them to ensure they work withint your narrative. I’ve even know some people that select worldbuilding ideas from a few prompts, without actually using any of the prompts. This is all fine and dandy.

  • They change the tone or mood of the prompt

Corvidprompts specializes in dark, mysterious prompts with a magickal element. There’s just something so fantastical and mysterious about neopronouns that’s hard to mimic with conventional pronouns within two or three lines.

And on a personal note:

I like neopronouns, and when I first started creating prompts on my og blog hosted on tumblr, I wanted practice using them and putting them in prompts was a good way to do so.

On that note

Neopronouns! Some examples, and how to pronounce them

the base pronouns I use in my prompts are Xe/xir (for the first character to need them) Ze/zir (second character) and Ey/eir (third character)

I generally like to use a pronoun set that’s similar to she/her/hers/herself over he/him/his/himself because I find it’s easier to get confused over which word you use where

so it’s always xe/xir/xirs/xirself and not ze/zim/zis/zimself

Xe/xir and Ze/zir are phoentically identical- they sound the same! Like Zee/zer

Ey/eir are based on they/them pronouns and are pronounced like Ay/air

She went to the supermarket to get her favourite ice cream

Xe went to the supermarket to get xir favourite ice cream

Ze went to the supermarket to get zir favourite ice cream

Ey went to the supermarket to get eir favourite ice cream

Other pronoun sets that are pretty easy to use are Na/nir/nirs and Ce/cir/cirs- just change like, the first letter or two and you’ve got a new pronoun.

I have a longer, slightly outdated tutorial on making and using neopronouns here, including how to create fun sounding pronouns for fantasy characters! This tutorial expands on the pronouns listed above and goes a little further in depth on how to create neopronouns


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When humankind and elvenkind came back into contact, the elves determined human culture to be abhorrent in many aspects and refused to accept it or participate in it. Well, most of them. Xir, however, loved the hair dye and piercings and leather biking jackets, and strove to wear them at every chance. Xe reveled in being the clan’s pariah, influencing the youngest generations xe came across to follow in xir footsteps. Humans were very confused at seeing a troupe of elves with dyed hair, Mohawks, tattoos and piercings strolling down the street in full biking leathers but they opted to say nothing about it. 

The being whirling around the halfway house, singing songs in the Ancient Tongue, took well care of all its inhabitants, many of whom had spiraling horns, cloven hoof, and/or sharp teeth. This was a house for the disgraced, the exiled, and now the Faerie joined the house’s ranks, furious at being so harshly slighted and bitter enough to make xem taste bile. But nevertheless, xe clutched dearly to that babe, even though it was that very child that had gotten xem exiled at all. The warmth in that babe’s eyes soothed the Faerie’s rage, at least temporarily.