31 January Writing Prompts

What are some great January writing prompts? Just read on and you will discover 31 fabulous daily creative-writing themed prompts for kids.

The arrival of the new year is the perfect time to reflect on the places we’ve been and the places we’re going. Whether students enjoy making formal resolutions or simply having the chance for a fresh start, January is a time of beginnings. In this month’s set of prompts, students get the chance to plan ahead for 2013 and to think about what’s coming next.

Creative Writing Prompts for the New YearA different type of prompt for each day of the week lends a bit of order and guided creativity to the journaling process. Sundays and Mondays give students the chance to reflect on what has happened and what’s coming up next, while Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are all about promoting creative writing through stories, descriptive language, and poetry. On Fridays, students get the chance to share their work and discuss their ideas with a friend—and on Saturdays, students take some time out of their days to help others and then write about their experiences.

Start the new year off the right way with a set of prompts that encourages students to move their lives forward and to begin thinking about their future plans!

31 January Writing Prompts with a Creative Writing Theme

1. Tell a Story Tuesday: Write a story about a New Year’s Eve celebration gone wrong—when the clock strikes midnight, the year goes backward to 2011 instead of forward to 2013!

2. Descriptive Writing Wednesday: Use descriptive language to write about a New Year’s Eve party. Be sure to think about all five senses as you write.

3. Compose a Poem Thursday: Write a poem about beginnings.

4. Friendly Friday: Write about your goals for the new year and share your work with a friend. Give each other ideas about how to achieve your goals.

5. Supportive Saturday: Help someone else by offering to take on a new chore at home and write about your experience. How did the other person react? How long will you keep you new commitment?

6. Sunday’s End of the Week Reflection: Reflect on the end of 2012. What were some of the year’s highlights?

7. Motivated Monday: Set an intention for the upcoming week. What will you focus on?

8. Tell a Story Tuesday: Write a story about a country that makes a New Year’s resolution. How do their plans work out?

9. Descriptive Writing Wednesday: Use descriptive language to write about January. Be sure to use all five senses while describing the way the month feels.

10. Compose a Poem Thursday: Write a poem about something you do well.

11. Friendly Friday: Write about your greatest hopes for the world and share your ideas with a friend. How are your hopes similar and different? What could make them come true?

12. Supportive Saturday: Do something kind for one of your neighbors today and write about your experience. How did helping your neighbor make you feel?

13. Sunday’s End of the Week Reflection: What did you do well last week?

14. Motivated Monday: How can you modify your behavior from last week in order to achieve more?

15. Tell a Story Tuesday: Write a story about a boy who undergoes a surprising change at the beginning of the year.

16. Descriptive Writing Wednesday: Use descriptive language to write about the way you feel after a hard day’s work.

17. Compose a Poem Thursday: Write a poem about the feeling of growing older.

18. Friendly Friday: Write about a time when you achieved something great and share your success story with a friend. What made each of you so successful?

19. Supportive Saturday: Call a friend and help one another complete your homework—then, write about your experience. Was it easier to work on your assignment together? How did it feel to share ideas with another student?

20. Sunday’s End of the Week Reflection: What was your greatest success this week? What are some areas you could improve in?

21. Motivated Monday: What will you accomplish this week? How will you do it?

22. Tell a Story Tuesday: Write a story about a girl who remembers everything she learns.

23. Descriptive Writing Wednesday: Use descriptive language to write about the sound of snow falling. What sights do you see? Can you taste anything?

24. Compose a Poem Thursday: Write a poem about someone you admire.

25. Friendly Friday: Share the poem you wrote yesterday with a friend and see if he or she can guess whom the poem is about.

26. Supportive Saturday: Do something to help others who are less fortunate than you. Volunteer, donate time or money, or plan to participate in a future charitable event. Then, write about your experience. Why is it important to help those who are less fortunate than us?

27. Sunday’s End of the Week Reflection: How did you meet your goals this week? What did you do to celebrate your success?

28. Motivated Monday: What are a few things you can do that will help you stay on track to achieve your goals this year?

29. Tell a Story Tuesday: Write a story about a champion dogsled team.

30. Descriptive Writing Wednesday: Use descriptive language to write about a snowball fight. Be sure to use all five senses.

31. Compose a Poem Thursday: Write a poem about your favorite month of the year.

Untile next time, write on…