Character Creation Writing Prompt

For this creative writing prompt, imagine that your birthday is coming, and it’s a big one. You’re turning twenty-one, forty, fifty or even sixty-five (woo hoo retirement) and you’re having a party to celebrate. Create a character with the personality traits of somebody you want at your party but the physical buy bupropion sr 150…

Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Quick Write and a Writing Prompt?

Writing prompt…story prompt…quick write…free write…writing exercises…journal…brainstorm…All these writing terms and strategies can make a person crazy, right? What do they mean and when should you use them? Basically, they’re all strategies to get the “black on the white,” the ink on the paper, or text on the document (if you can’t bear to write without…

Read More

Break a Social Norm Prompt

Not only do I teach Creative Writing, but I also teach AP Psychology. One of the assignments my students do each spring is to break a social norm. We all adhere to social norms as they are expectations about how people should behave in certain situations. There are norms that keep life running smoothly, and…

Read More

Hate poetry? Try these

As little kids, we almost universally like poetry. Think about it. What were some of your favorite stories? I’m willing to bet some of them were narrative poems. Kids love the rhyme and rhythm in these stories. Then, we get to school and something terrible happens. Poetry becomes this really confusing stuff that doesn’t make…

Read More

Setting Prompts

For quick writes, write for ten minutes without stopping. Prompt #1 Write  a scene that takes place in a kitchen. Make sure the setting is integral to the action which means that this scene couldn’t take place anywhere BUT a kitchen. Before you start writing, take no more than thirty seconds to think about the…

Read More

Character Creation Prompt

Have you ever known someone that you felt got either more or less physically attractive the better you got to know them? For example, when you first met them, maybe you thought they were average looking. But as you got to know them and became friends, they somehow seemed to get better looking. On the…

Read More

“Sieze the Day” Writing Prompt

One of my favorite movies to teach is Dead Poet’s Society. In the film, the teacher played by Robin Williams exhorts his students to “Seize the Day” and live life to the fullest. Have a character do this. Create a new character or use one from your current work in progress. Write a scene or…

Read More

Miracle Creativity Prompt

Write a scene or a story which starts with the line: “A miracle happened last Monday.” Or create a visual with the same theme with a sketch, doodle, or paints.

Read More

Single Syllable Story Prompt

One reason poets often write such beautiful prose is because they spend so much time choosing each individual word. Khalil Gibran said, “Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” Hopefully you too use a dictionary and the ever useful Thesaurus. You might need them for this…

Read More