Writing Questions for Kids, Tweens/Teens, and Adults— Writing is a wonderful way to encourage creativity and critical thinking. It also offers mental health benefits to both kids and adults, giving individuals a place where they can release their feelings.
But every age group, from younger kids to adult writers, can find it challenging to decide what they want to write about.
That’s where a few writing questions and prompts can be helpful. Sometimes a good prompt or a thought-provoking question is all that is needed to get the brain going, which means you don’t waste time trying to decide what to write about.
We’ve put together a list of questions for every age group. From great questions for younger kids to questions for teens to questions appropriate for adults, you’ll find something for everyone in this list of writing questions.
Writing Question Lists Organized by Age (Young, Teen, Adult)
Questions Best for Younger Writers
- What is the scariest situation you’ve ever experienced?
- How would you describe your idea of a perfect day?
- If you could change anything about school, what would you change?
- What is your favorite memory from the past?
- What was the funniest thing you have ever seen?
- If you could have three wishes, what would your wishes be?
- What things are you really good at?
- What job would you like to have when you’re older?
- If you were invisible, what kinds of things would you do? Why?
- Why do you think that you need to be honest?
- If you had $100 and had to give it away, who would you give the money to?
- What is your favorite thing about your family?
- Have you ever made a mistake? What was the mistake, and how did you fix it?
- Who is your biggest hero? Why?
- If you could just wear one color every day for the rest of your life, what color would you pick?
- What movie or television characters to you wish were actually real?
- What is your hardest subject in school? Why do you think it is hard for you?
- If you could only listen to one song every day, what would that song be?
Writing Questions for Tweens/Teens
- What are the best and worst things about the internet?
- What would your best friends say is your best quality? Do you agree?
- What is your favorite day of the year?
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live for the rest of your life?
- What are your top favorite songs? Why?
- Would you rather be smart, beautiful, or popular? Why?
- What are some of the biggest challenges that you face every day as a teenager?
- What is something that scares you that you’d like to give a try?
- Would you rather be respected or loved? Why?
- Do you think that social media represents people authentically? Why or why not?
- What things make you angry, and why do they make you angry?
- How do you feel when you do poorly on a test? Do you do anything to prevent it from happening again?
- What would you be doing if you were five years older right now?
- What things always make you laugh?
- Do you think that alcohol and cigarette advertising have negative effects on teens?
- What are the top three places in the world you would like to visit? Why?
- Do you believe that there should be dress codes at school? Why or why not?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the internet?
- What is the possession you value the most? Why is it so valuable to you?
- How do you believe music impacts our lives today?
- How would you define beauty?
- If you had to live without one of your senses (touch, vision, taste, hearing, or smell), which one would it be?
Writing Question List for Adults
- If you could talk to your teenage self, what would you say?
- If you could have coffee with anyone, alive or dead, who would that person be? Why?
- If you could change one thing in your past, what would you change?
- What is your saddest memory?
- What makes you feel angry and how do you deal with anger?
- What is the primary emotion that you are feeling in your life right now?
- What are a few of the things in your life that make you the happiest?
- What do you wish other people knew about you?
- Who are the people in your life that you trust and that you feel genuinely support you?
- What things can you learn from the mistakes you have made in your life?
- What has been the biggest thing that has surprised you about your life?
- What do you remember most about your high school days?
- When you were a child, who was your favorite family member? Why?
- What did you do this month that helped you get closer to your life’s goals?
- Who was someone who believed in you even when you had a hard time believing in yourself? How did they impact your life?
- Who is someone you need to forgive in your life? What can you do to reach forgiveness and move on?
Writing Question Resources & Links
- 31 Questions to Get to Know Someone
- When a group of teachers noticed students avoiding questions because they feared they would look dumb, they designated “Ask a Stupid Question Day” to serve as a safe space for any and all questions to be asked.
- Ask questions to improve your writing.
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