Creative Writing Prompts to Make Kids Want to Write

Try any one of these prompts either as an individual or group exercise. You might even make copies of all the prompts and make the writing an outside assignment. Feel free to use these prompts in any way you like. You may click here for a list of journal prompts as well.

Do you have plenty of friends? How many friends are plenty?
Tell about a vacation or day trip you have taken.

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Try any one of these prompts either as an individual or group exercise. You might even make copies of all the prompts and make the writing an outside assignment. Feel free to use these prompts in any way you like. You may click here for a list of journal prompts as well.

  1. Do you have plenty of friends? How many friends are plenty?
  2. Tell about a vacation or day trip you have taken.
  3. Describe your favorite animal.
  4. Tell about your grandpa, grandma, or old uncle or aunt whom you like.
  5. What do you like about your favorite teacher?
  6. What do you dislike about lunch at your school?
  7. How many pets do you have and what are their names? If you don’t have pets, why?
  8. What do you like that comes in your favorite color?
  9. Describe your family members who live with you.
  10. Describe Sunday dinner at your house.
  11. Describe the best tree you ever saw. Could you climb it?
  12. If you could build a clubhouse, tree house, or fort, how would you build it?
  13. What is your favorite game and how do you play it?
  14. What sport do you play the worst?
  15. What sport are you good at?
  16. Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Why do you like them so much?
  17. Tell about one of your daydreams.
  18. Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
  19. Why can girls do things as good as boys can?
  20. Why are we all different from one another in small ways?

As always, thanks for reading and very good writing luck to you.  Written by Pea Green.

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Journal Prompts as Liquid Plumber for Your Soul

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Keeping a Journal

by Dunbar Green

We suggest writers journal like a chivvy, never letting an opportunity to write something down pass by. At a minimum, spend 15 minutes three times a week writing journal entries. Journal entries should be entered on different days. This type of journal writing involves personal interpretation, reflection, evaluation, summarizing, and the questioning of concepts, impressions, and ideas. Write anything you want to write. You may even wish to draw your opinion of an experience or thought. These journals have no set format, style or structure, and your pages should reflect that spontaneity. You may use pencil, crayon, blood, ink, etc. The journal is where you can let your ideas and interpretations flow unabashed and unabridged. Professional writers sometimes use journals to create and keep notes, and to jot down ideas. Journals are a place for written reflection, meditation and edification, as opposed to a diary, which is simply a recording of daily events. Try to ­write for at least ten minutes on each entry. Have fun while writing in them – get to know yourself; ponder life’s deeper mysteries.

Here are some suggestions of material you might consider for your journal:

  • List new words and concepts and explore them.
  • Write about the progress of your courses or experiences, people, and feelings; about what is happening and what you are, or are not, learning.
  • Respond to readings, both those assigned in class and personal ones. Write about personal associations as you read: your reflections, reactions, evaluations, etc. Paraphrase (restate in your own words, or summarize) what you read. Copy memorable, significant, or especially important passages and comment on them.
  • Prepare for upcoming class meetings and/or assignments. Write about the main ideas from readings and discussions. Then write about the relationship of new ideas to other ideas you have learned in this and other courses.
  • Summarize course discussions. Distill the contents of readings, lectures, etc. down to the most significant or basic parts). List questions, observations and any other comments you have about the ideas or information discussed.
  • Record observations and overheard conversations. Write sketches of interesting people who catch your attention.
  • Write for ten or fifteen minutes every day about whatever is on your mind. Focus these meditations on your new experiences and on your past to better understand, interpret, reflect and incorporate them into your life.
  • Organize your time. Write about your goals, aspirations and priorities, or list specific things to accomplish, such as what, when, and how you plan to accomplish them. However, don’t make your journal a mere “today’s to do list” -look at the bigger picture.
  • Keep track of a particular event or project as it unfolds over the course of several days, weeks, or months. It might be an event in the news, at school, at work, or at home.

Remember, the main thing is simply to write, and keep writing for as long as you can!

Journal Entry Prompts

You may write your journal entries on any topic you choose.  These prompts are intended only as suggestions to prompt writing for those people who want ideas.  If you have your own, please use them instead of these prompts.

  1. The best day of my life was when. . . .
  2. The worst day of my life was when I. . . .
  3. I hate writing because. . . .
  4. The worst injury I ever had was when I. . . .
  5. One time I really wanted to help someone, but. . . .
  6. I am sure glad I helped out when. . . .
  7. What I am proudest of is my. . . .
  8. For fun, I like to. . . .
  9. In five years, I will be/have/be doing/achieve. . . .
  10. If I had a bazillionmillion dollars I would . . . .
  11. I sure hate it when people. . . .
  12. I love it when people. . . .
  13. One thing I am really good at is. . . .
  14. My favorite book is about. . . .
  15. The best meal I ever ate was. . . .
  16. The prettiest thing I have ever seen was. . . .
  17. I didn’t get arrested that time when. . . .
  18. The thing I dislike most about myself is. . . .
  19. The most dreadful weekend I ever spent was when. . . .
  20. The way I spend a typical day is. . . .
  21. The worst vacation I ever took was when I went to. . . .
  22. I felt very out of place when I. . . .
  23. When I want to help someone, I . . . .
  24. I needed help when. . . .
  25. The most eccentric person I have ever known was. . . .
  26. The best teacher I ever had taught me. . . .
  27. The most significant event in my life was when. . . .
  28. My favorite political topic is ???? because. . . .
  29. I hate politics because. . . .
  30. The world would be a much better place if. . . .
  31. I would be perfect if. . . .
  32. I will be happy when. . . .
  33. I believe in extraterrestrial life because. . . .
  34. I don’t believe in gravity because. . . .
  35. I think other people. . . .
  36. When I graduate I am going to. . . .
  37. I like to write because. . . .
  38. The best book I ever read was. . . .
  39. The moment that changed my life was when. . . .
  40. My favorite pet is/was. . . .
  41. The mountains/beaches/forests are the best geographical feature because. . . .
  42. I like/hate to exercise because. . . .
  43. My favorite holiday is. . . .
  44. My favorite activity is. . . .
  45. I wish I had a giant, smart brain so I could. . . .
  46. What I regret most is. . . .
  47. One bad habit I can’t break is. . . .
  48. My best characteristic is my. . . .
  49. Drinking/beverages (anything)
  50. Elderly drivers
  51. What would it be like to live in a different time period? (your choice)
  52. Gardening (flower and/or veggie)
  53. Spring fever
  54. The perfect vacation
  55. The magic ink pen
  56. An unusual pet
  57. Boredom
  58. Soul mates
  59. The ideal house
  60. If you could be any animal, what would it be?
  61. My biggest fear
  62. In ten years, I’ll be…
  63. Fun with food
  64. My future car
  65. The ideal friend
  66. Alone in a cemetery (Halloween)
  67. What I hate about winter (or spring)
  68. What I love about winter (or spring)
  69. Rain
  70. Write about a dream and what you think it indicates.
  71. The color red
  72. My pet peeve
  73. A rainbow in the night
  74. My favorite animal
  75. The perfect job
  76. If I had more time, I would …
  77. What I hate about love
  78. The best things about summer
  79. What’s wrong with hair
  80. The most unusual experience I’ve ever had was…
  81. A sailing ship
  82. Watching clouds
  83. A blank piece of paper
  84. A locked door
  85. The scent of a rose
  86. Thoughts about reading
  87. What am I?
  88. The best day of my life was when. . . .
  89. The worst day of my life was when I. . . .
  90. I hate writing because. . . .
  91. The worst injury I ever had was when I. . . .
  92. One time I really wanted to help someone, but. . . .
  93. I am sure glad I helped out when. . . .
  94. What I am proudest of is my. . . .
  95. For fun, I like to. . . .
  96. In five years, I will be/have/be doing/achieve. . . .
  97. If I had a bazillionmillion dollars I would . . . .
  98. I sure hate it when people. . . .
  99. I love it when people. . . .
  100. One thing I am really good at is. . . .
  101. My favorite book is about. . . .
  102. The best meal I ever ate was. . . .
  103. The prettiest thing I have ever seen was. . . .
  104. I didn’t get arrested that time when. . . .
  105. The thing I dislike most about myself is. . . .
  106. The most dreadful weekend I ever spent was when. . . .
  107. The way I spend a typical day is. . . .
  108. The worst vacation I ever took was when I went to. . . .
  109. I felt very out of place when I. . . .
  110. When I want to help someone, I . . . .
  111. I needed help when. . . .
  112. The most eccentric person I have ever known was. . . .
  113. The best teacher I ever had taught me. . . .
  114. The most significant event in my life was when. . . .
  115. My favorite political topic is ???? because. . . .
  116. I hate politics because. . . .
  117. The world would be a much better place if. . . .
  118. I would be perfect if. . . .
  119. I will be happy when. . . .
  120. I believe in extraterrestrial life because. . . .
  121. I don’t believe in gravity because. . . .
  122. I think other people. . . .
  123. When I graduate I am going to. . . .
  124. I like to write because. . . .
  125. The best book I ever read was. . . .
  126. The moment that changed my life was when. . . .
  127. My favorite pet is/was. . . .
  128. The mountains/beaches/forests are the best geographical feature because. . . .
  129. I like/hate to exercise because. . . .
  130. My favorite holiday is. . . .
  131. My favorite activity is. . . .
  132. I wish I had a giant, smart brain so I could. . . .
  133. What I regret most is. . . .
  134. One bad habit I can’t break is. . . .
  135. My best characteristic is my. . . .
  136. I hate it when my teachers. . . .
  137. I love it when my teachers. . . .
  138. I learned the most from. . . .
  139. When I graduate I want to. . . .
  140. The reason I want XXX for president is. . . .
  141. I facilitate my spiritual growth when I. . . .
  142. I like English because. . . .
  143. The last good book I read was about. . . .
  144. My favorite magazine is XXX because. . . .
  145. I think XXX is the best poet because. . . .
  146. I like the songs of XXX because. . . .
  147. I like to research because. . . .
  148. I am happiest when I am. . . .
  149. I hate writing in this journal because. . . .
  150. The biggest fish I ever caught was at. . . .
  151. I do/don’t want to have XXX children because. . . .
  152. My best friend always. . . .
  153. I like it when. . . .

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Essential Knowledge Elements for English Composition

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If you can master this brief list of the essential knowledge elements of English composition.  It is trickier than it may look. This list was developed by Dr. Oliver D. Hensley and I some years past.  I was interested in its application as an education aid for college-level composition courses, while Hensley was interested in using it as a piece of his taxonomy of the essential knowledge elements of each field of study.  Dr, Hensley posits that all fields of knowledge could be categorized, organized and stored in cyberspace most efficiently if those fields are distilled into their essential elements.  Long before Google, Dr. Hensley believed that all knowledge stored in cyberspace should be accessible with no more than 12 keystrokes.

Now, what are these knowledge elements good for?  All writing, from the word level to the most lofty academic treatise, can be efficaciously produced if the writer knows the meaning of each of these terms.  Writers with an interest in writing contests, scientific writing, writing blogs, or even just journal writing or creative writing, just about any writer writing anything, can get the job done well and efficiently if s/he first masters this list!

Essential Knowledge Elements (EKE’s) for Efficacy in English Composition

  1. Abstract and abstract
  2. Acronym
  3. Alliteration
  4. Anagram
  5. Antonym
  6. Audience/purpose
  7. Bibliography
  8. Cadence/Rhythm
  9. Cause and Effect Analysis
  10. Citation
  11. Clarity
  12. Classification/Division
  13. Cliché
  14. Coherence
  15. Colon
  16. Comma
  17. Comma Splice
  18. Comparison/Contrast
  19. Complex Sentence
  20. Composition
  21. Composition Theory
  22. Compound Complex Sentence
  23. Compound Sentence
  24. Confused Words
  25. Connotation
  26. Content
  27. Continuity
  28. Contrast
  29. Controversial
  30. Coordination
  31. Dangling Modifier
  32. Definition
  33. Development
  34. Declarative
  35. Definition
  36. Denotation
  37. Dependent Clause
  38. Description
  39. Documentation
  40. Editing
  41. Email
  42. Emotional Appeal
  43. Emphasis
  44. Essay
  45. Ethos
  46. Exclamation Mark
  47. Exclamatory
  48. Exemplification
  49. Five Paragraph Essay Structure
  50. Fluency
  51. Format
  52. Humor
  53. Hyperbole
  54. IKWID
  55. Imperative
  56. Independent Clause
  57. Interrogative
  58. Introduction
  59. Italics
  60. Journal
  61. Language manipulation
  62. Logic
  63. Logos
  64. Misplaced Modifier
  65. Mood
  66. Narration
  67. Noun
  68. Organization
  69. Parallelism
  70. Parenthesis
  71. Paraphrase
  72. Pathos
  73. Period
  74. Persuasion
  75. Phrase
  76. Plagiarism
  77. Process Analysis Essay
  78. Pronoun
  79. Pronoun Agreement
  80. Pronoun Antecedent
  81. Pronoun Reference
  82. Proofreading
  83. Propaganda
  84. Quotation
  85. Redundancy/Deadwood
  86. Reliability
  87. Revision
  88. Re-Writing
  89. Rhetoric
  90. Rhetorical Modes
  91. Runtogether Sentence
  92. Sarcasm
  93. Semi-colon
  94. Sentence Categories
  95. Sentence Fragment
  96. Sentence Structure
  97. Sentence Types
  98. Sentence Variety
  99. Sexist Language
  100. Simple Sentence
  101. Structure
  102. Style
  103. Subject
  104. Subject/theme
  105. Subject-Verb Agreement
  106. Subordination
  107. Subtlety
  108. Synonym
  109. Theme/subject
  110. Thesis
  111. Text
  112. Textual support
  113. Timeliness
  114. Title
  115. Tone
  116. Topic Sentence
  117. Transition
  118. Transitional Words
  119. Trite
  120. Understatement
  121. Verb
  122. Voice/tone
  123. Word Choice
  124. Word Economy

We suggest that you keep a writing notebook with all of these terms written in with their definitions (handwriting a fact makes you many more times more likely to recall it later).