Prompts to Help Kids Enjoy Creative Writing Practice
Creative writing is an empowering activity that teaches kids how to use their imaginations—and more importantly, it helps them to internalize the fact that their thoughts are worth sharing. However, many teachers struggle initially to get their students interested in writing because the kids find it to be too difficult or open-ended. Of course, this is no surprise when you consider how tough it can be even for seasoned writers to stare down at a blank page and make the words come out!
That’s why it’s so important to find fun and interesting journal prompts that will help kids enjoy creative writing practice. When kids feel empowered to write about the things that matter to them and the topics that they care about most, they are far more willing to stick with writing and to see the benefits of this incredibly important practice. Ultimately, kids who enjoy creative writing practice will become better writers—and in many cases, they’ll also become more talented observers and inspired thinkers!
30 New Creative Writing Practice Prompts for Students
Use these creative new writing prompts to get your students interested in regular journaling and excited to explore all the possibilities that await them on the page!
- Make a list of things that you would like to journal about in the future. What kinds of topics make good journal prompts? Why?
- Choose any item from the list you made in #1 and write about it.
- What kinds of things inspire you the most to write? Why?
- Do you prefer to write creatively about specific topics or to write about whatever is on your mind at the time? Why?
- What are some of the benefits of creative writing practice? Why do you think we spend time on this activity?
- Do you enjoy creative writing? Why or why not?
- Write a story about something that really happened to you, but substitute yourself in the story with the main character from your favorite book. How would he or she respond differently in the situation from you?
- Write a very detailed list of everything you’ve done so far today. Be as specific as possible (i.e., “1. I woke up. 2. I opened my eyes. 3. I pulled off the covers,” etc.).
- Make a list of random words with the letters A-Z. Go in order of the alphabet, but write down the first word you think of for each letter. Do as many as you can in 10 minutes—and see how many times you can get through the alphabet.
- Make up a fictional character that is the opposite of you in every way. List details about yourself (books, favorite color, favorite food, etc.) and then list the opposites about the character.
- Write about the last thing that made you smile. It can be as simple as you like—perhaps it was reading your favorite book or something that a friend said. Describe what happened.
- Choose two words to describe each person in the classroom. Make sure at least one of the words describes the person’s personality.
- Write a short story that involves homework, sleds, and a bird. Then, trade your story with a classmate. How were your stories different? Were there any similarities between them?
- Write a poem about something you can see in the classroom without saying what the object is. Then, trade poems with another student and try to guess what the other person wrote about.
- Choose one of your old journal entries and trade with a classmate. Then, write a review of what you thought of the other person’s writing. Be sure to include compliments and constructive criticism!
- Choose one of your old journal entries and trade with another student. Read his or her work, and then write a response or a follow-up to it.
- Write a series of questions you could ask someone to get to know him or her better. Then, trade with another student and answer the questions. Share your responses with one another and discuss.
- Partner up with another student and work on writing a short story or a poem together. Take turns writing lines or sentences and coming up with ideas of what to write next.
- Move to a different spot in the classroom and write about what you see. What looks different? What would it be like if you did all your work here? Be as detailed as possible.
- Trade spots with a classmate and write about your new seat. What are the advantages to sitting in your classmate’s spot? What are the advantages of sitting in your spot?
- Go outside and find a place to sit down and write. Describe everything you see and hear. Include as many sensory details as possible.
- Go to the (hallway, gym, library, etc.) and observe the place around you. What kinds of things have these walls seen over the years?
- For homework: Find a place at home to sit down and write. Think about your family’s home and what you like about it. Describe how your home makes you feel.
- Lay down on the floor next to your desk for a few minutes with your eyes closed. Then, write about what you heard, smelled, and felt while on the floor. Describe what you thought about.
- Write a fictionalized account of an event from your life.
- Write a reflection on something that happened to you last week.
- Write about something that you would like to happen in the future.
- Write about a person in your family and describe him or her in detail. Then, describe why he or she is special to you.
- Write about your favorite thing to do. Describe why you like it and why other people should try it, too.
- Write about any topic you like!
Until next time, write on…