Creative Writing Ideas & Journal Prompts— Fun, fabulous ideas for writers of all ages and stages of life.
From middle school to high school students and teenagers and beyond, our wonderful list of creative prompts are sure to get a writer’s creative juices flowing.
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No matter what grade you teach or which subject area you specialize in, you can use these creative writing journal prompts to keep your students inspired and motivated to write.
Ignite Inspiration and Creativity in Your Writers With Our Prompts
While it seems like subjects such as math and reading often are at the forefront of any educational curriculum, it is important to keep in mind that creative writing is not an extra activity that should only be included when there is time.
Creative writing plays a pivotal role in a child’s development —not only as a student, but also as a well-rounded person who will need to be able to think outside of the box in order to come up with innovative solutions throughout their lifetime.
Knowing the power that creative writing holds you should strive to incorporate this activity into various aspects of your lesson plans.
Short Stories to Novels to Journal Entries…
The key is to get writers to write, regardless of the form they choose to express themselves.
However, we know that it can be tricky to come up with prompts and ideas for your students to use on a daily basis. This is why we have compiled this list of creative writing journal prompts for you to choose from.
This four-part series will allow you to pick and choose the journal prompts that work best for your writers (and your classroom) at any given time.
These creative writing journal prompts are designed to inspire students. They are open-ended prompts that may ask a question or require a student to begin a story with a particular set of characters, yet, writers will have complete and total freedom when it comes to creating their journal entries and finishing their fiction pieces.
The goal is to offer a prompt that offers enough structure that it prevents a developing writer from struggling with writer’s block but to also gives enough flexibility that they can take their journal entry into any direction that they choose.
65 Fabulous Creative Writing Journal Prompts
- If you could build a dream house, what rooms would it have?
- Write a story about going on an adventure with your best friend.
- Who has the best job in the world?
- Where do you get your best ideas?
- Do women today have equal rights with men?
- Have you ever volunteered to help someone? What did you do?
- What is your favorite thing to write?
- Imagine that you are stuck inside a TV. What will you do? What shows would you visit?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Would you rather be an animal or a toy?
- What is the most important thing you’ve learned in school?
- If you invented a celebration dance, what would it be called? What would it look like?
- Do you want to get married someday? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be an optimist?
- Do you consider yourself to be an optimist or a pessimist?
- If you designed a video game, what would it be called?
- What is an issue that our world needs to work on?
- What is the last movie you saw in a theater?
- If you could learn any language, which one would you choose?
- What is your birthstone? Does it represent your personality well?
- What are three things that you could never live without?
- What is your favorite food?
- Who is your favorite actor?
- Which type of natural disaster is the scariest?
- Would you rather be really big or really tiny?
- Do you think you’ll go to college someday? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite thing to do on vacation?
- If your pet could talk, what would he or she say?
- Do you ever donate money to people in need?
- If you had an invisible magic helper, what would you have him or her do?
- Write about a time when you shared with someone.
- What is the best decision you ever made?
- If you were a movie director, what kind of movies would you make?
- What is your favorite holiday? Why?
- If you could do anything right now, what would you do?
- If you hosted a radio show, what would it be called?
- Write a short summary of the last book you read.
- Do you use Facebook? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be a good friend?
- Which of the birds in Angry Birds is your favorite?
- Think of three crazy food combinations. Would you ever eat any of these?
- Do you prefer 2D or 3D animated movies? Why?
- If you could have any superpower, what would you like to be able to do?
- Write a story about a flock of rainbow-colored flamingoes.
- How many hours do you spend watching TV per week?
- What does tradition mean to you?
- Who is the scariest Disney villain?
- If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
- If you were trapped in an igloo during a snowstorm, what would you want to have with you?
- If penguins could talk, what do you think they would have to say?
- Write about one of your earliest memories.
- Write a letter thanking someone who has helped you recently.
- What is your favorite time of day?
- Who is your favorite video game character?
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
- What is your favorite thing to do on the computer?
- If you were a farm animal, which kind would you be?
- Would you rather have winter or summer weather every day?
- Should a woman take her husband’s last name when she gets married?
- If you were a toy, what kind would you be?
- Does your family go to church? How do you feel when you are there?
- If you could have any new technological device, which would you choose? Why?
- Write about a time when you were really surprised.
- Have you ever saved money for something important you wanted? Did you meet your goal?
- Do you like lectures or class discussions better? Why?
We hope you and your kids enjoyed this list of writing ideas.
Through journaling in the classroom, students will find that they more easily connect to the content that you are teaching.
You can select creative writing journal prompts that complement a science curriculum or even a math concept. Further, you can use creative writing journal prompts to help students better understand the past and link it to their future, or that simply allow them the space to write freely about a given topic.
Links to More Creative Prompts & Resources
This is only the first batch of creative writing journal prompts that we have for you. There are a lot more unique, quirky, and innovative prompts on the way, so keep an eye out for additional posts.
- Creative Writing Prompts Part 1 is this post 😊
- Part 2 — 61 of the Best Creative Writing Prompts
- Part 3 — 61 Creative Writing Ideas
- Part 4 — 63 Creative Writing Prompts
- Romance Writing Prompts
- 33 Poem & Poetry Prompts
- Six Steps to Develop the Plot of a Story and 15 Fresh Writing Prompts Ideas
- 10 Jobs for Graduates with a Creative Writing Degree
There is no such thing as too many prompts and ideas, especially when you are trying to help your students develop their writing skills while simultaneously encouraging them to learn to love the writing process.
With the right creative writing journal prompts at your disposal, you will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that writing is simply fun. It won’t be difficult at all to encourage your students to keep on writing!
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