Creative Writing Prompts Images

There are so many books of writing prompts available for sale already that we couldn’t bear to just write another list, so we have approached this prompt list in a new way. We have images and we ask you to write about them. We don’t expect a bunch of independent thinkers to goose-step to our ideas, so just write what you want to write and know that we know how you are and we would expect no less than a daily mutiny or two.

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by Karlane Kraner and Jeanne Green

Greetings Writers:

There are so many books of writing prompts available for sale already that we couldn’t bear to just write another list, so we have approached this prompt list in a new way. We have images and we ask you to write about them. We don’t expect a bunch of independent thinkers to goose-step to our ideas, so just write what you want to write and know that we know how you are and we would expect no less than a daily mutiny or two. Remember that this is for fun and creativity enhancement, so try to enjoy yourself. If these prompts don’t suit you, we have other such lists posted on this website. Click here for more choices.

 

Seshat is the Egyptian Goddess of Writing, or Scribe of the Gods. Seshat is the Egyptian Goddess of Writing, or Scribe of the Gods.

  1. This stone carving is a representation of the Egyptian Goddess Seshat, goddess of writing, or “scribe of the Gods.” Note she holds a stylus in her hand. Given her privileged status, what issues troubled Seshat? What did she think about lying in bed before sleep? 

 

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2. Choose any or all of the characters represented above and write an epic tale. You make want to name the asses after your in-laws, although we would never do so. If you don’t want to write an epic tale, not even for your children, nieces and nephews, or even just some lonely kids in the neighborhood, then draw your own poster of characters. Send us a copy if you do.

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3. There is an old woman about to walk to the end of this dock. What is she doing?

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4. Do you know this guy riding the pencil’s end? What does he do in your life? If you had to, how would you, or one of your characters, kill him?

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5. There is a guy next door who has this image hanging in front of his dart board in his living room. Why does it hang there?

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6. This is an ancient cave painting representing the Ghost Dance. What else is going on in this painting? Why was it painted? Who visits it everyday?

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7. We like to call this painting, “always blame a woman,” and we want you to explain in a short story or novella who this woman is and what she is being blamed for. Just forget about who she is really supposed to be (yes, we know). The man in the reddish breeches has framed her for something, and we would like to know what.

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8. Is this pornography? Why is the monk behind Big Nuts holding him by the waist? Ignoring the unfortunate caption, what was really going on in this image? 

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9. There was this man who was too lucky. He went to the pub every evening and he told endless stories about how he was too lucky. What were some of the stories, and why did his luck never make him happy?

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10. How is this kitty rise to the rank of Cat General? He holds a secret, too. What is it?

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11. What are these men talking about? Do they come to this diner often? Why?

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12. How does this painting make you feel? What is the world like where clocks melt? What was the painter trying to communicate?

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13. Why does no grass grow in this yard?

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Bonus Prompt: Who is unhappier and why?

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Deadly Good Descriptive Writing Guide

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Descriptive Writing

A lone writer slumps across a desk, cradling an old timely typewriter. White light fused through a green shade arcs light across a slice of room, gently illuminating the writer. Stale cigarette smoke and bourbon breath permeate the air of the small, over-full room. The floor is papered with partially used sheets from the typewriter, some crinkled, some smooth, some under the writer’s chair’s wheels, branded with tire marks. The cheap ticking sound of a Dollar Store battery-operated clock is audible when the traffic from the street below ebbs between changes of the stoplight. Yesterday’s cheese and crackers, or something that looks like it might once have been cheese and crackers, lays upon a chipped white saucer. A cigarette butt ground into a piece of cheese stands like some version of a flag.

The previous passage is an example of descriptive writing. Descriptive writing is also referred to as a word picture. Word pictures are organized around space, unlike any other type of writing, and they seek to provide the reader with a sensory experience of the topic of the writing. Word pictures may also set the scene for creative writing pieces. Writing and writing classes often begin with descriptive writing because it is one of the easiest and most useful types of writing, which is not to say that it is easy, merely that for some writers it can be less difficult than other types of writing. Note in the paragraph above that the most memorable and compelling parts of the paragraph appeal to one of the five senses: sight, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. Of these, taste and touch are the hardest to incorporate into descriptive writing, unless your topic is food. So, descriptive writing, then, is writing that paints a word picture using appeals to the five senses and organized around space because space, and what does or does not occupy it, is what is written about.

Descriptive writing is of two sorts; subjective and objective. In an objective description, the writer includes only descriptive information that any observer could see. In a subjective description, the writer includes not just the obvious physical details of a scene, but also his/her personal opinions and observations about it. Both types of description rely on adverbs, words that describe verbs, adjectives, and other adverbs, and adjectives, words that describe nouns and other substantives and tell what kind or how many. Most writing requires spare use of adverbs and adjectives, but description is made of them, so use them as lavishly as you like in your writing, but, please, use them accurately so your word picture peels off the page and dances in the imagination of the reader.

Suitable topics for descriptive writing follow, but first, just a brief word on topics. The suitability of a topic is determined not just by what it is about but also by what it isn’t about. When working on your topic statement or thesis statement, remember to keep the topic narrow enough to fit into the page limit. For instance, politics is a whole subject not suitable for an essay of two or three pages, but Oklahoma politics since the ALEC and the Kochs’ money took over the State House, is narrow enough to fit into a few pages. One more time, health is too broad a topic for a short paper, but hospice care in Oklahoma since 2014 is narrow enough to fit into a short paper. By all means, write about anything you want, but make sure that you can give the topic the space it needs to be fully examined. Accomplish that by narrowing your topic in the very beginning of the writing.

  1. The best meal I ever ate was. . .
  2. The prettiest thing I have ever seen was. . .
  3. The thing I like most about my looks is. . .
  4. The most eccentric person I have ever known was. . .
  5. The best teacher I ever had looked like. . .
  6. My bedroom looks like. . .
  7. My car looks like. . .
  8. The Grand Canyon looks. . .
  9. The ocean is. . .
  10. My car is so dirty that. . .
  11. My most ugly boyfriend/girlfriend looked like. . .
  12. When I look at a painting, I see. . .
  13. When I look outside, I see. . .

By Karlane Kraner and Forest Green, staff writers

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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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