Additional Writing Prompts Jul 1, 2006 18:12:10 GMT -6
Post by Joxcenia on Jul 1, 2006 18:12:10 GMT -6
Pick a single sense other than sight to write about. Walk around your neighborhood and take notes about everything you can identify using that sense and then write a description of the neighborhood using just that single sense.
Pick an article from Google news and turn the article into a poem that uses quatrains. Use only the words from the article to create the poem.
Write about a person from your past that you have lost track of. Describe the person and the relationship. Write about the events that led to your losing touch with them.
Describe how technology has influenced your life. If you were to go back in time to when you were a child, what devices / inventions would you miss the most? How have your views on technology changed throughout your life?
Write about a time in your life when you felt morally or ethically compelled to take an action that you would otherwise have preferred not to take.
Pick a short article from Google news and rewrite it using only sentences of seven words or less. After that, write a second version that uses only sentences of ten words or more. Compare the readability and flow of the two articles. Which style produced the best results for you? Which style was the most difficult to write in? What does that say about your writing?
Describe the music you listened to as a teenager and what influence it had on your life. Was music especially meaningful to you? What songs stand out as the anthems of your teenage years? How has your taste in music changed over the years? What do you think were the primary reasons for your changes in taste?
Write a short story or scene in which two characters are having a conversation but neither really understands the other person’s meaning or intent.
Find somebody to interview and write a profile of that person based on the interview. Try to write the interview in the style of a magazine or other publication that you would like to write for.
Write a short story or poem that includes a duck, a skyscraper and an athletic event.
Write about a time in your life when you were prevented from doing something that was important to you.
Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Find an issue that you feel strongly about and take the time to express yourself.
Describe your most important life goal or value: love, friendship, happiness, excitement, knowledge, religion, security, power, achievement, or generosity. What about that value sets it apart from the others for you?
Write about a time when you were called upon to help someone else accomplish an important task.
Describe the bad habits, compulsions or addictions you once had or currently have and what you have done about them. How do you deal with long-term problems?
Write a scene in which you rely completely on exterior descriptions of characters and actions and do not discuss their thoughts or motivations. A good example of this is an overheard conversation at a mall or restaurant.
Write a letter to your future self – five, ten or fifteen years from now. Tell them about your life today and remind them of what you wanted to accomplish by the time you became their age.
Write a description of what you believe would be the ideal restaurant, pub, bar or other meeting place. Write the description as if the place actually exists and you are a visitor or regular there.
How has gossip influenced your life? What has caused more trouble in your life, gossip about you or gossip by you? Why do you think people gossip?
Write a short essay about your personality as a child and how it has changed as you’ve gotten older. Have you changed? Have you improved? Do you think you could relate to your younger self? Would your younger self approve of you? Are there core values that have always guided you or have you truly been a work in progress? Where would you like to go from here?
Write a short essay about the tastes you like and the tastes you don’t like. Taste is an interesting thing. Most people like sweet more than sour, but some people absolutely love sour candy. Beer is both bitter and sour, but people not only drink it, most people have a specific brand that they prefer and can tell you why. Take some time to think about your tastes in food and drink. What do you like that most other people do not? Do you eat a lot of different types of food, or do you only like a few different things? Do you like strong tastes or light tastes? Do you like the food you grew up with or have your tastes changed?
Write a short essay about what the word power means to you. Power comes in many different forms. There is electrical power, physical power, political power, financial power and many other types of power. What do you think of when you think about power? What power do you have and how do you use it? Do you view power as positive, negative or indifferent? What experiences have you had with power.