Creative Writing Prompts for Teens
The power of journaling is truly universal. It can have an 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. However, this is especially true for teenagers who often find themselves caught up in jumbled mixes of thoughts and emotions and without enough outlets through which they can express them.
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. As they tackle topics like their future goals, the greatest challenges they face, and the qualities that make them unique individuals, 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 journaling for high school students are as multi-faceted as the students themselves! Use these all-new creative writing prompts to help your kids clarify their thoughts and emotions and develop stronger self-identities.
Creative Writing Prompts for Teenagers
- What is one problem in our world that really needs to be fixed immediately? Why is this issue so urgent?
- Write about one problem or issue in our world that you see a solution for, and explain what you would do to fix it.
- What do you plan to do after high school? Why do you want to take this path?
- 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?
- Define what the world “responsibility” means to you. Then, write about what you feel most responsible for.
- What was the greatest birthday you’ve ever had? What made it so special?
- Do you consider yourself to be a “people person”? Why or why not?
- 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?
- What is your single greatest fear? Why? Do you think there is any way you could overcome it?
- In what way have you changed the most over the last three years? Write about your transformation.
- In what ways do you think you might change over the next five years? Why?
- If you had to give up one of your five senses, which would you most hate to lose—and why?
- What is your superpower? Write about what makes you so good at that one thing.
- What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Write about your experience.
- What is your favorite thing to do after you’ve had a long day? How does it make you feel better?
- 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?
- What is something that people worry about too much? Why do you think they are overly concerned?
- Do you follow along with the news—either local, global, or cultural? Why or why not?
- Write about a famous person whom you admire. What do you respect about this person?
- What is the hardest part of being a good friend? Why?
- What does it mean to be selfless? Do you think being selfless is a good thing? Why or why not?
- Is respect ever inherently deserved, or does it need to be earned? Why?
- What is the greatest challenge you face this school year? Why?
- What does it mean to show unconditional love? Write about a time when you experienced this.
- Do teenagers today have it easier or harder than previous generations of teenagers did? Why?
- What is the greatest piece of art you’ve ever seen or experienced? What made it so powerful?
- Do you respond well to criticism? Why or why not?
- What is the greatest struggle you have with your parents? Why do you disagree on this matter?
- What is the most valuable thing you will take with you when you finish high school? Why?
- Write about a time when you found yourself in an unexpected situation that you were totally unprepared for. What did you do?
- Write about a time when you did something and felt guilty afterward. What did you do? How did you handle the guilt?
Until next time, write on…
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