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31 Creative Writing Prompts for Teens

Creative Writing Prompts for Teens — It’s well known that the awesome power of writing is universal. It can have a positive impact on people of all ages and from all walks of life—and there is no one who can’t benefit from exploring his or her thoughts on the written page, creatively or otherwise.

Creating Writing Ideas for Teens

Yeppers! That’s why we’ve developed these 31 creative writing prompts for teens that ask students to write and reflect on their own lives and experiences. BONUS — You’ll also find in the blog post a list of journaling ideas. Yes!


Creative writing and journaling are especially helpful for teenagers who often find themselves caught up in jumbled mixes of thoughts, emotions, and moods and without enough outlets through which they can express them. 

A Few Quick Words about Our Teen Writing Prompts

With our fabulous writing prompts especially for teenagers, writers will tackle topics like their future goals, the greatest challenges they face, and the qualities that make them unique individuals.


With these creative writing prompts, your teens will benefit from the opportunity to get to know themselves in a new way—all while also improving their writing skills, their ability to analyze and explain, and their creative thinking. 

Ultimately, the benefits of writing for high school students are as multi-faceted as the students themselves! 

Ok, get to it and use this list of creative writing prompts for teens to help your students and kids clarify their thoughts and emotions and develop stronger self-identities.

31 Creative Writing Prompts for Teenagers

  1. What is one problem in our world that really needs to be fixed immediately? Why is this issue so urgent?
  2. Write about one problem or issue in our world that you see a solution for and explain what you would do to fix it.
  3. What do you plan to do after high school? Why do you want to take this path?
  4. Write about a time when someone told you something that changed your perspective. What did they say and why did it have such an impact on you?
  5. Define what the word “responsibility” means to you. Then, write about what you feel most responsible for.
  6. What was the greatest birthday you’ve ever had? What made it so special?
  7. Do you consider yourself to be a “people person”? Why or why not?
  8. Write about something that you wish you could say to someone else. What is it and whom would you like to say it to? Is there anything stopping you from saying it?
  9. What is your single greatest fear? Why? Do you think there is any way you could overcome it?
  10. In what way have you changed the most over the last three years? Write about your transformation.
  11. In what ways do you think you might change over the next five years? Why?
  12. If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you most hate to lose—and why?
  13. What is your superpower? Write about what makes you so good at that one thing.
  14. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Write about your experience.
  15. What is your favorite thing to do after you’ve had a long day? How does it make you feel better?

    Creative Writing Prompts for Teenagers
  16. Write about a time when you felt someone wasn’t being completely honest with you. What did you do?How did the other person respond?
  17. What is something that people worry about too much? Why do you think they are overly concerned?
  18. Do you follow along with the news—either local, global, or cultural? Why or why not?
  19. Write about a famous person whom you admire. What do you respect about this person?
  20. What is the hardest part of being a good friend? Why?
  21. What does it mean to be selfless? Do you think being selfless is a good thing? Why or why not?
  22. Is respect ever inherently deserved, or does it need to be earned? Why?
  23. What is the greatest challenge you face this school year? Why?
  24. What does it mean to show unconditional love? Write about a time when you experienced this.
  25. Do teenagers today have it easier or harder than previous generations of teenagers did? Why?
  26. What is the greatest piece of art you’ve ever seen or experienced? What made it so powerful?
  27. Do you respond well to criticism? Why or why not?
  28. What is the greatest struggle you have with your parents? Why do you disagree on this matter?
  29. What is the most valuable thing you will take with you when you finish high school? Why?
  30. Write about a time when you found yourself in an unexpected situation that you were totally unprepared for. What did you do?
  31. Write about a time when you did something and felt guilty afterward. What did you do? How did you handle the guilt?

I hope you enjoyed this list of creative writing prompts and creative journal prompts for teenagers.

Ok, now take a look at…

The Favorites List for Teen Writers

Now, not every teenage writers is thrilled by creativity. Some young people are more practical or self-reflective. For these writers, journal writing prompts may be the ticket to inspire them.

That’s why…

We suggest using the time-tested favorites and best writing prompt and reflections list. It’s filled with simple ideas that nearly every writer can answer and enjoy writing about. These writing topics are also excellent to get those creative juices flowing for writers of all skill levels.

  • Favorite food
  • Favorite season of the year
  • Favorite movies
  • Favorite character
  • Favorite book or novel
  • Favorite childhood memory
  • Favorite song
  • Favorite toy
  • Favorite season
  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite holiday
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite place
  • Best concert
  • Best advice
  • Best habit
  • Best talent
  • Best friend
  • Dream house
  • Dream job
  • Favorite inspirational quote
  • Favorite famous actor
  • Best way to deal with difficult emotions including anxiety and depression as well as general mood swings

Turn this list on its head and write about your least favorite instead.

Oh, and check out this blog post to learn more about the top 6 benefits of journaling.

Alrighty… don’t wait until tomorrow. Have your writers grab their pens, pencils, notebook, diary, laptop, or writing format of choice and get to writing today!

Until next time, write on…

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