A writing prompt is a topic to give you something to focus on as you write, giving you ideas to start with. Stretch your imagination, kick-start a story of your own or express your feelings. You can stick very closely to the suggestion or let the idea take you off on your own path. The point is to make writing a habit to express yourself and BE CREATIVE! Write as little or as long as you like.
10-27-17: What is the best present you have ever received? Why do you consider it the best?
11/5/17: Write a story about Halloween from the perspective of your favorite kind of candy. Bonus if you use the vocab word of the week, macabre.
11/18/17: Invent and describe a new food to add to your Thanksgiving table.
11/22/17: Happy Thanksgiving! While your parents are preparing the feast, work on this: Write about your family from a stranger’s perspective. How do they interact with each other? What unusual habits do they have? Sit in a quiet corner and observe.
12/1/17: Look around your house for an inanimate object. Write a one-page description bringing this object to life. Use a character profile to help you really develop the character.
12/7/17: What famous person, living or dead, would you like to meet? What three questions would you ask them? Write an imaginary interview with that person.
12/15/17: Just finished reading “Alan Cole is Not a Coward” by Eric Bell. Taking this week’s writing prompt from the book: What’s your most prized possession? What would it take for you to give it up?
12/22: What is a family tradition you have? It could be related to a holiday, a weekly or yearly ritual, or a vacation spot. How is this meaningful to you?
12/29: Write a 1-2 page story using ONLY dialogue.
1/4: Write a story about what is going on in this picture. Be creative!
1/12: Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream was to have a fair, peaceful world where everyone is equal to one another. What would your dream world be like?
1/19: You are given $1,000 to spend on your birthday. It must be spent all that day. What would you do with that money?
1/26: It is sometime in the future & AI robots are commonly used in household and community. Describe one of these robots. What is it used for and what goes wrong when it malfunctions?
2/2: One day while playing in your backyard, you find a buried box with three items in it. What are the items? Why do you think they are buried there? Who do you think buried them?
2/9: You were just hired as the coach of a professional football team. What do you do to get them in shape? What values do you want the players to portray? How does the team perform over the season?
2/15: Pick a main character from one of your stories or a favorite story by another author. Describe what that character would do on their day off.
2/23: Pretend someone from 1886 time traveled into your room. What would be their reaction? What would they be surprised by or scared of?
3/2: Most people have heard of the “six degrees of separation” theory-the idea that everyone in the world is separated from everyone else by six links. Write a story about how six people are linked-the weirder the connections, the better! Read this week’s blog post on connections.
3/9: Make a story up from the images on these nine cubes about an exotic vacation you took.
3/16: You catch a leprechaun. By legend, he must grant you three wishes in exchange for his freedom. What are your three wishes and why do you choose them?
3/23: Write a story starting with this line: The box fell on the floor and blue powder dumped out.
3/30: What is a family tradition you have? It could be related to a holiday, a weekly or yearly ritual, or a vacation spot. How is this meaningful to you?
4/6: Take the next sentence someone says to you and write a short story from it.
4/13: Go to page twenty of one of your favorite fiction books. Read the first sentence of the second paragraph and start a new story from that sentence that is unrelated to the book.
4/20: Take a scene from a story you’ve written orwrite a 1-2 page story. Now re-write it from your mother’s point-of-view. Use her language, her mannerisms, and style. How does it change the scene?
4/27: Describe a book scene in which a favorite character of yours takes a different path. Perhaps Frodo keeps the ring or Julian stayed at Beecher Prep with Auggie.
5/4: You meet someone who is blind. Describe what spring looks like to them. Flowers, blooming trees, birds, and animals might be part of your description.
5/11: Describe something ordinary in a new style of writing to you. For example, describe your day at school as a western or what your mom made for dinner as a sci-fi fantasy.
5/18: Autocorrect comes up with some pretty funny alternatives to what you are trying to say in a text. Take this sentence and make up some different options that autocorrect might interpret. “It’s 5 o’clock. I am on Ridge Road. I wanted to catch you before you went to get your hair cut.” (keep it fairly clean please!)
6/1: Take a scene from something you wrote or a favorite book. Make a secondary character take charge instead of the main character. How does this influence the story? Would it affect the scene outcome? What about the ending or direction of the whole story?
6/8: Write a funny or wise message for a fortune cookie.
6/15: Happy Summer! If you had no restrictions on money or places to go, where would be your ideal summer vacation? Write about what unique adventures you could have on this trip.
6/22: Make up a memorable adventure from the images on these nine cubes. Start “On my way to (location), I encountered . . .”