Choosing the Best Writing Starters for Your Students — Students who practice daily creative writing enjoy a number of educational and emotional benefits. With increased creativity and improved critical thinking skills, kids who journal and write regularly are equipped to tackle greater challenges both in and out of the classroom.
However, in order for students to truly reap the benefits of regular journaling, teachers must choose great writing prompts and topics to keep their class busy.
We suggest you choose a mix of writing starters that ask students to describe, explain, or reflect depending on the day. Prompts that ask students to write fictional stories will have them thinking differently than prompts that ask them to analyze experiences from their past and to write about themselves.
By having your students complete all of these types of writing and reflecting throughout the school year, you can help them become more well-rounded writers and more creative thinkers.
Before we get to the four tips on how to choose the best creative writing starters for kids, take a look at the following list of creative writing ideas. Then, use these four simple tips outlined below to choose the very best creative writing starters for your students. There are thousands upon thousands of free writing prompts on our site and we are certain you can find the right ones to inspire your students!
40 Creative Writing Starters for Students
- Have you ever volunteered? If so, what did you do?
- If you could be an animal, which would you be, and why?
- Write a detailed excuse of why you missed school.
- Write about the most recent dream you had.
- Describe a time when you were very brave.
- Would you enjoy visiting the moon? Why or why not?
- Describe your favorite movie, television, or book character.
- What would life be like if you were 20 feet tall?
- If you were a superhero, what powers would you have?
- What would you do if you were invisible?
- If you invented a video game, what type of game would you create? Why?
- If you had $1,000 and you had to give it away, who would you give the money to?
- How do you feel when you get into an argument with your friend?
- Who is your hero? Why?
- What are you afraid of?
- Describe your best friend. What are they like and why are they your best friend?
- What would your perfect job be?
- What three items would you take on a camping trip? Why?
- What is your favorite season? Why?
- What was the best present you’ve ever received? Why was it so special?
- Write a story about a day when everything went wrong.
- You answer a knock at the door and there’s an alien there. What does it look like and what do you do?
- What would happen if your dog started talking? Write a story about it.
- Image a dinosaur was at your school. What would you do?
- Write a story about an adventure on a pirate ship.
- If you could have any animal for a pet, what animal would you choose? Why?
- Describe some different ways you could make money at your age.
- Write a short story about the oldest person you know.
- Would a monkey be a great pet? Describe why or why not.
- Come up with a new food and describe it.
- What is your greatest accomplishment? Why?
- If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? Why would you change it?
- What would you like to be famous for?
- Write about one of the most important lessons you learned.
- Would you rather be able to fly like a bird or swim like a fish? Why?
- If you could meet anyone from the past, who would it be?
- If you were rich, would you change as a person?
- Should you have to take tests in school? Explain why or why not.
- Describe the most irritating commercial on TV. Why don’t you like it?
- Should you have to do homework? Why or why not?
4 Ways to Choose the Best Creative Writing Starters for Kids
1. Prompts Should Be Interesting, Thought-Provoking, or Engaging
If you’ve ever spent any time looking for creative writing starters, you’ve probably seen a lot of mundane questions and prompts. There’s a time and place for generic writing starters and icebreaker type questions, but your classroom isn’t it!
Instead, look for writing prompts that will be interesting and engaging to your students—or that will push them to think about an issue that they may not have considered before. A great creative writing starter will catch a student’s attention and hold it as he or she puts the pen to the page.
2. Look for a Variety of Different Topics
It’s also important to choose writing starters on a variety of topics. Most students will respond better to daily creative writing when they are asked a unique question every day.
Look for writing prompts that offer a mix of topics and that ask your students to practice different types of writing. They’ll be more invested in their work and more likely to want to keep writing when they get to switch back and forth frequently between questions that ask their opinions, prompts that require them to reflect on their experiences and writing starters that have them working in a particular genre.
3. Always Choose Questions That Dig Deeper
One often overlooked but incredibly essential aspect of a good creative writing starter is that is should dig deeper than a preliminary surface answer. Too many writing prompts can simply be answered with a simple “Yes,” “No,” or other one-word answer.
When you’re evaluating creative writing prompts, try to imagine some of the potential answers that your students may give. If the prompt can be answered too quickly or too easily, keep looking until you find something that goes deeper and requires students to explain the “why” behind what they think or to get more detailed with their writing.
4. Find Prompts That Promote Different Types of Writing Skills
Finally, it’s also a great idea to look for creative writing starters that promote various types of writing skills. Many students quickly grow accustomed to general journal writing and they may begin to develop a formulaic approach to their work. You can avoid this by looking for prompts that have them writing in a number of genres and answering different types of questions.
Oh, and here is a popular listing of 55 Creative Writing Story Starters for kids. If those do not suit your students, keep on looking until you find the prompst that do! With so many starters to choose from, your students are sure to find at least a few prompts that will get their creative writing juices flowing.
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