Writing Prompts

  1. Today's Writing Prompt: Pumpkin smashers have destroyed several streets' worth of Jack 'O Lanterns in your neighborhood and you fear your street is next. The next night you hide in your bushes, hoping to nab the culprits. You're shocked when you see who it is. Who is it and why are they doing it?
  2. 10/24/2006: You’re a celebrity and are able to make demands on what must be provided in your dressing room (Jennifer Lopez insists on white couches). What are your top five demands and why?
  3. 10/17/2006: Three weeks ago, while folding laundry, you noticed a sock was missing. Last week, another sock disappeared. Where are they going? You’ve hidden a micro camera inside a sock to find out. Describe what is happening to your socks.
  4. 10/10/2006: You’ve been stranded on an island with only three things: a bowling trophy, a vacuum cleaner and a mystery item (which you must reveal). How did you get on the island, and why do you have these particular items?
  5. 10/3/2006: While at the grocery store you bump into an oddly familiar face--it's your evil twin! The evil twin follows you home and tries to convince your family (or friends) that she's you. How did you prove to your loved ones that you are the real you and the twin is an imposter?
  6. 9/26/2006: Associate Editor Brian A. Klems can't stop procrastinating, so he needs your help! Develop a list of five punishments to dissuade him from procrastinating. Each punishment should be tougher than the next. For example, the first punishment should be for the first time he puts off work. The second, for the second time. And so on.
  7. 9/19/2006: Describe your workspace in vivid detail. What items are on your desk? What pictures do you have on the walls? What does your trash can look like?
  8. 9/12/2006: Who is your hero and why?
  9. 9/5/2006: Create your own imaginary best friend. What does he look like? What's his zodiac sign? What are her likes and dislikes? What do you agree on? Disagree on?
  10. 8/29/2006: It's 3 a.m. and your nightly slumber was interrupted by a screeching sound. The noise is coming from your closet. What can it be? Scared as you are, you still decide to take a peek. Describe what you find.
  11. 8/22/2006: Write an obituary for your favorite fictional character (literary, television, etc.), including how the death occurred.
  12. 8/15/2006: What's the most peculiar gift you've ever received? Describe the scene when you opened it and your reaction.
  13. 8/8/2006: Take the most boring job you've ever had and write a glowing job description for it.
  14. 8/1/2006: Hollywood producers are making a film based on your life and have put you in charge of casting. They want it as realistic as possible, so they ask that you pick actors and actresses who look the part. Who would you pick to play your family and friends, and, more importantly, who will play you?
  15. 7/25/2006: Your good friends at Merriam-Webster called and you've been asked to create five new words for inclusion in next year's dictionary. What are your five words? (Don't forget to include each word's definition.)
  16. 7/18/2006: You've been living a life filled with lies and it's time for you to come clean. There's one lie in particular that's been eating at you and you have to make right. Start off your response with: "I have a confession to make. I never really . . . " and explain the harm the lie caused and how you intend to rectify it.
  17. 7/11/2006: The country is in dire need of another holiday that everyone can celebrate, and the government has given you the task of picking it. What event will you add to the holiday calendar and why?
  18. 7/4/2006: It's Independence Day, which celebrates the day America declared its independence from Britain. Write about the day you declared independence from your parents. If you can't remember, be creative.
  19. 6/27/2006: In honor of this week's return of Superman, create a villain with super powers. What's his/her backstory? Why did he/she choose evil over good?
  20. 6/20/2006: With Wednesday marking the official start of summer, write an essay describing your fondest summer memory.
  21. 5/30/2006: You’re at your favorite department store buying a birthday present for a friend. As the cashier gives you change, you notice a message with specific instructions scribbled on one of the bills. What did the instructions say? Did you carry them out and, if so, how?
  22. 5/23/2006: What if parody artist “Weird” Al Yankovic was suffering from writer’s block and asked for your help? Take your favorite song and rewrite the lyrics.
  23. 5/16/2006: Your friend asks to borrow a couple of your CDs. While rummaging through your collection, the two of you stumble upon what you consider to be the most embarrassing album that you own. You definitely don’t want your friend to know that you actually like that record, so make up an excuse as to how it got in your collection. The more elaborate the reasoning, the better.
  24. 5/9/2006: You've invented a new soft drink that not only tastes great, but also improves a person's ability to [fill in the blank]. Write an advertisement for your new soda.
  25. 5/2/2006: Write a news story based on this headline: Magician Defies Odds and Escapes From Local Prison.
  26. 4/18/2006: It's your main character's wedding day, when something goes terribly wrong. Write a short-short story about what happens.
  27. 3/28/2006: Rewrite a cliché as 10 different headlines. Then burn the paper, vowing to never use them again.
  28. 3/21/2006: You're traveling in a rental car when you hear the thumping of a flat tire. You pull over and discover the thumping is not coming from a flat, after all, but from the trunk. What—or who—is making the noise?
  29. 3/14/2006: On many TV programs, detectives have special abilities—such as psychic power, an awareness of details, etc.—that help them nab the bad guy. Write a short story featuring a special detective.
  30. 3/7/2006: Your town holds its annual Heritage Day Celebration in June. Write 10 story ideas you can pitch now to your local paper associated with the celebration. Or, write a short story based on a founding father—or mother.
  31. 2/28/2006: Waiting in line, traffic or your doctor’s lobby doesn't have to be a waste of time. Take a pad of paper or laptop with you and write how your hero or villain would respond if asked to wait.
  32. 2/21/2006: Due to the raven that follows him wherever he goes, a young man is convinced that something terrible is about to happen.—From The Writer's Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction (Writer's Digest Books).
  33. 2/14/2006: Conversation hearts have the right idea: keep your message short and simple. Describe your main character in two or three words. Repeat with the antagonist and any secondary characters.
  34. 2/7/2006: Create a national observation day (e.g. Talk Like a Pirate Day). Include the origins and any special rituals of your day.
  35. 1/31/2006: Two characters meet in a bar. Write about their meeting without using any dialogue. Now write the same scene using dialogue only.
  36. 1/24/2006: Write a paragraph in which every word starts with a vowel. Start all the words in the next paragraph with a consonant. Have a friend read it and see if they notice.
  37. 1/17/2006: Write about a vivid dream youve had recently: Describe it, including your personal interpretation and what it has to do with your current life events.Contributed by Mitch via e-mail.
  38. 1/10/2006: Finish the following sentence as someone 10 years younger/older than you: The only thing I ever wanted was … .—From The Pocket Muse.
  39. 1/3/2006: You've heard the old adage, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all." Write a sincere thank-you card for the worst gift youve ever received.
  40. 12/27/2005: Write a list of New Year’s resolutions for your novel’s hero or heroine.
  41. 12/20/2005: Merriam-Webster OnLine just released its list of top searched words of 2005: integrity, refugee, contempt, filibuster, insipid, tsunami, pandemic, conclave, levee and inept. Use all 10 in a short story or poem.
  42. 12/13/2005: While unpacking at your new apartment, you find a box left behind in the corner of the closet. Whats in it? What do the items tell you about the previous resident?
  43. 12/6/2005: Write an intriguing first line for a romance novel. Repeat the exercise, writing first lines for a mystery, horror, Western and a suspense story.
  44. 11/29/2005: Write a story using as many of these Henny Youngman one-liners as you can:
  45. * Answers are what we have for other peoples problems.
  46. * To a bald man, dandruff is a thrill.
  47. * A little gossip goes a long way.
  48. * He who laughs, lasts.
  49. * Take my wife, please.
  50. From The Write Brain Workbook: 366 Exercises to Liberate Your Writing
  51. 11/22/2005: November is National Adoption Month. Write a short story, essay or article using adoption as a theme.
  52. 11/15/2005: An inscription in your mothers yearbook changes your perception of her. From The Writer's Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction (Writer's Digest Books).
  53. 11/8/2005: You've finally snapped. Stress has gotten the better of you, and you can no longer think in long descriptive sentences. Write about the day you lost your mind, using sentences comprised of six words or fewer.
  54. 11/1/2005: Write about a noiseor a silence that won't go away.—From The Pocket Muse (Writer's Digest Books)
  55. 10/25/2005: Describe a pottery class from the POV of the student, instructor and the clay.
  56. 10/18/2005: A man takes lunch to his wife's office, where he's told that she hasn't worked there in weeks.—From The Writer's Book of Matches (Writer's Digest Books).
  57. 10/11/2005: As you enter a café, the wind blows a piece of paper off a patron's table and carries it out the door. (S)He pushes past you but is unable to grab it before it goes down a storm drain. When he returns, he looks at you and says, "You've just killed me."? What was so important about the paper? What happens next?
  58. 10/4/2005: Your postman is at the door with an unexpected package. Whats in it? Who sent it? Is it important?—Contributed by Francine Palumbo Stankiewicz, via e-mail
  59. 9/27/2005: Recently divorcedand still stinging from the experienceyour character composes his or her personal profile for a singles Web site.—From The Writer's Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction (Writer's Digest Books).
  60. 9/20/2005: Your pet goat is missing. There are eight likely, yet extremely different, suspects. Describe each suspect in detail, his motive and how the "goatnapping"? occurred.
  61. 9/13/2005: Two cross-country skiers come across an isolated cabin. The front door is open, a hot meal is on the table and a car is in the driveway, but no one appears to be home.—From "The Writer's Book of Matches: 1,001 Prompts to Ignite Your Fiction" (Writer's Digest Books).
  62. 9/6/2005: You've discovered an underground shelter on the farm you just bought. Describe it. When was it built? What was it used for?
  63. 8/30/2005: Make a list of your elementary school teachers. Now write each teacher's worst trait. Create a character from these traits. Write a short story featuring this mean, rotten teacher.
  64. 8/23/2005: Why would your character suddenly dye his hair? Is she hiding from someone? Is he trying to inspire change from the outside in? Or is she trying to complete a metamorphosis that has already taken place by some physical alteration? Maybe he's trying to hide his roots?—Contributed by Monica Coffman, via e-mail.
  65. 8/16/2005: Your main character decides to spruce up his or her house by painting each room a different color. Which colors are selected and why?
  66. 8/9/2005: Something's rotten in your refrigerator. Write a scene in which the condiments residing in the door shelves plot to take over the prime real estate on the top shelf, front and center. Will milk be spilled? (And who'll be crying?)
  67. *You are walking home from a late movie, and you have to cut through a cemetery. Describe your experience.
  68. *You spent the day with your grandfather. Tell about your day.
  69. *You are visiting the zoo. You come across an animal that no one has ever seen before. Describe the animal.
  70. *If Superman came in and replaced your principal for a day, what would school be like? Tell about it.
  71. * You have 7 friends coming to your house to spend the night. What do you do to get ready?
  72. * Imagine you are walking outside. A spring storm is coming. Describe for your classmates what you see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.
  73. * Everyone needs help sometimes. Write a story about what happened one time when someone helped you.
  74. * Most of us have worn something we did not want to wear. Write a story about what happened one time when you had to wear something you did not want to wear.
  75. * Everyone has lost something. Tell about what happened the time you or someone else lost something.
  76. * Imagine you are on a magic carpet that takes you anywhere you choose. Think about where you would go and what you might do. Write a story about your adventure.
  77. * Pretend you are asked to spend the afternoon babysitting Howie, a pet monkey. Before you begin to write, think about the fun and adventures you have with Howie, the monkey. Now write a story about what happened the afternoon you babysat Howie, the monkey.
  78. * You are home babysitting your little brother. When you go out to get the paper, the door shuts and locks. Your baby brother is alone inside. Tell what you do.
  79. * You just got a new sled. When you wake up the next morning, it has snowed 2 feet! Tell about your day.
  80. * You find a baby bear on the school playground. Tell about that day at school.
  81. * Describe your feelings on waking up and seeing snow on the ground on a school day.
  82. * Describe your best dress-up outfit of clothing.
  83. * Describe how your mother looks when she smiles at you.
  84. * Describe how our pet behaves when it is being playful. Pretend if you don't have one.
  85. * Describe how your classroom will look the day after the last day of school.
  86. * Think back to your first day in school (first grade or kindergarten) and relate what happened that day.
  87. * This weekend you are going to the Mall. Tell all that you will do.
  88. * Your little brother or sister is sick and can't sleep. Tell him/her a story that will help him/her go to sleep.
  89. * You have just been rescued after being lost for 24 hours. Relate what happened that made you scared.
  90. * Tell what happened when you felt proudest of yourself.
  91. * Your penpal from Antarctica sends you a penguin. Tell about your first day with your new pet.
  92. * Your classroom's pet snake got loose inside the school. Tell what happened.
  93. * You and your mother are home alone when suddenly a tornado is spotted coming toward your house. Tell about your experience.
  94. Write about your favorite pet--one you have now or have had in the past. What did it look like? Why did you like it so much? (If you have never had a pet, write about a perfect pet--one you would like to have.)
  95. What do you like and dislike about where you live?
  96. Write freely about the bravest thing you have ever done.
  97. List the things you worry about. Then write about the thing you worry about the most.
  98. If you could be a super hero, what extraordinary powers would you give yourself?
  99. Would you rather be a dog or a cat?
  100. Would you like to live to be 100 years old?
  101. If you could be a superstar in any sport when you grow up, what sport would you choose?
  102. Who or what makes you laugh? Explain why you think this person or thing is funny.
  103. Imagine that you drank a magic potion and then started to grow smaller and smaller. Finally you were no larger than a fly. What would you do?
  104. Imagine that all the television stations stopped broadcasting for one week. What would you do instead of watching TV that week?
  105. What is your most prized possession?
  106. What makes you special or unique?
  107. Based on what you now know about yourself, make five predictions about your future.
  108. Who is a hero of yours? Explain why this person means so much to you.
  109. Retell a compliment that someone recently gave you. Explain how that compliment made you feel.
  110. If you could be someone else, who would that person be.
  111. Invent the best dessert in the whole world.
  112. What would you do if you woke up at night to find your room was filled with smoke?
  113. If I could change places with my parents for one day, I would ...
  114. The best day I ever spent was ...
  115. One thing that really makes me angry is ...
  116. If I had three wishes I would wish for ...
  117. If I had things my way I would ...
  118. What is the best present you ever received (or gave) and why?
  119. If you could decorate your room any way possible, what would you do?
  120. Who would you like to hang out with for a day and why?
  121. If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?
  122. Tell a story about one of your parents as a child.
  123. If you could choose your name, what would you be called?
  124. Name one sport you would like to be really good at and why.
  125. ... one of the five senses
  126. ... your house
  127. ... a hamburgers ingredients
  128. ... the best kind of pet
  129. ... how a turtle protects itself
  130. ... why your proud of your school
  131. ... favorite things about your school
  132. ... the parts of a tree
  133. ... your favorite animal
  134. ... something you did over the weekend
  135. ... an event to remember
  136. ... things that quench your thirst
  137. ... the benefits of watching television
  138. ... your favorite book
  139. ... your favorite movie
  140. ... a visit to the doctor or dentist
  141. ... why you like skateboarding, skiing, bicycling, etc...
  142. ... places to go in your city
  143. ... things to do when your sick
  144. ... your grandma or grandpa
  145. ... your favorite toy, or video game
  146. In school I do my best when ...
  147. If I were a teacher I would ...
  148. I don't like to eat ...
  149. If I were five years older I would ...
  150. If I had a million dollar I would ...
  151. I get angry when ...
  152. On Saturdays I like to ...
  153. My family likes to ...
  154. I love to eat ...
  155. Something I do well is ...
  156. At school I like to ...
  157. I feel silly when ...
  158. If I could be invisible I would ...
  159. An important person to me is ...
  160. When I become a parent I ...
  161. I once got hurt when ...
  162. I'd like to solve the problem of ...
  163. I don't like it when ...
  164. I love to give ...
  165. I like going home because ...
  166. If I were very small I would ...
  167. I get attention by ...
  168. I would hate to lose ...
  169. As a friend, I can be counted on to ...
  170. Once somebody helped me by ...
  171. Over the weekend I ...
  172. I wish people would stop ...
  173. I look best when ...
  174. People hurt my feelings when ...
  175. I need to improve in ...
  176. A good friend is someone who ...
  177. If I were a giant I would ...
  178. School would be better if ...
  179. I would like a great big ...
  180. If I had a magic ring ...
  181. An important thing in my life is ...
  182. Something my parents like about me is ...
  183. I wish I could ...
  184. Something I like about adults is ...
  185. When I want attention from my parents, I ...
  186. When I want attention from my teachers, I ...
  187. I would be happier if ...
  188. One of the best things about me is ...
  189. I like to play ...
  190. My best vacation ever was ...
  191. Families are important because ...
  192. The best thing about my family is ..
  193. Some of the rules of my family are ...
  194. A tradition my family has is ...
  195. My favorite holiday is ...
  196. With my best friend I like to ...
  197. When I am around someone I don't know I ...
  198. One of the happiest events of my life is ...
  199. Something I could teach to someone else is ...
  200. If I could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for ...
  201. What is something about yourself that you are proud of?
  202. What is something that your parents say they like about you?
  203. What famous person would you like to meet and why?
  204. What are qualities in other people that you admire?
  205. Explain what you like and dislike about your name.
  206. If you could be any animal, what one would you be and why?
  207. What is your favorite holiday? Write the reasons for your choice.
  208. ... there were no colors except white?
  209. ... we had three arms?
  210. ... children were the parents?
  211. ... there were no stoves?
  212. ... we had no pencils?
  213. ... we couldn't cry?
  214. ... there were no clocks?
  215. ... we had no policemen?
  216. ... we went to school at night?
  217. ... there were only adults in the world?
  218. ... there were no school at all?
  219. ... there was no such thing as breakfast cereal?
  220. ... every country had a king?
  221. ... it never stopped raining?
  222. ... we had no cars?
  223. ... insects were as big as people?
  224. ... there were no books?
  225. ... our only form of transportation was horses?
  226. ... our parents never said 'no'?
  227. ... there were no music?
  228. ... we were never hungry?
  229. ... we didn't have to eat vegetables?
  230. ... we all looked the same?
  231. ... we didn't have holidays?
  232. ... smiling was against the law?
  233. ... snails could run?
  234. ... every wish came true?
  235. ... the world was flat?
  236. ... we never recycled anything?
  237. ... people could fly?
  238. ... there was no gravity?
  239. ... no one had manners?
  240. ... all people were selfish?
  241. ... there were no teachers?
  242. ... our shadows were alive?
  243. ... there were no wars?
  244. ... there were no telephones?
  245. ... the ocean was made of jelly?
  246. ... we could only eat pizza?
  247. ... we used cookies instead of money?
  248. ... we all acted the same?
  249. ... water didn't freeze?
  250. ... trees grew candy?
  251. ... we never slept?
  252. If I could become invisible...
  253. The happiest moment of my life.
  254. This is my father’s/ mother’s job.
  255. My accomplishments.
  256. Reasons why people lie.
  257. Why I like animals.
  258. Reasons for going to church.
  259. My favorite movie.
  260. These are the reasons why I don’t go to church.
  261. My favorite television show.
  262. The meaning of “freedom”.
  263. My fondest school memory.
  264. I will tell you a story that is only half true.
  265. The person that I admire.
  266. Why do nations wage wars?
  267. The most interesting person that I have ever met.
  268. There will be peace on earth only when...
  269. The biggest mess that I ever got myself into.
  270. I have something to tell you teacher.
  271. My fondest childhood memory.
  272. Did you know that...
  273. This is my hobby.
  274. The scariest thing that ever happened to me.
  275. My biggest goal in life.
  276. I once had a scary dream.
  277. Things are not going well for me right now.
  278. The strangest dream I ever had.
  279. My parents.
  280. I believe in God.
  281. My religion.
  282. I don’t believe in God because...
  283. My first flight.
  284. The meaning of Christmas.
  285. I like..., and these are the reasons why.
  286. Hockey is my life.
  287. I very much dislike..., because...
  288. I get scared when...
  289. My life as a citizen of a new country.
  290. I wish that I could...
  291. What I think about vandalism, drugs and smoking.
  292. I am happy when...
  293. Ways in which troubled kids can be helped.
  294. I am sad when...
  295. Reasons why people argue.
  296. The things that get me upset.
  297. The best book that I ever read.
  298. My favorite subject.
  299. This book was really bad.
  300. My least favorite subject.
  301. I often get frustrated.
  302. I just can’t seem to get along with anyone
  303. Dear teacher, I would like to ask you some questions.
  304. The things that bug me.
  305. Dear teacher, there is something that you need to know.
  306. Why is it that...?
  307. When I turn 16.
  308. This is my family.
  309. When I become an adult this is what I will be like.
  310. When I grow up.
  311. My future wife.
  312. Our most interesting substitute teacher.
  313. My future husband.
  314. My most embarrassing moment.
  315. If I could change the world I would do the following.
  316. I watch too much television
  317. My wish.
  318. The most interesting place that I have ever visited.
  319. The present that I would like to receive.
  320. What I would do if I were rich.
  321. Qualities that I look for in a friend.
  322. My three wishes.
  323. The greatest summer ever.
  324. What I think about gambling.
  325. The greatest vacation ever.
  326. My best friend.
  327. I like cars.
  328. Friendship is...
  329. My favorite and least liked foods.
  330. Why I think friendships are important.
  331. I have a disability.
  332. This is my home.
  333. When I take a long look in the mirror this is what I see.
  334. I play a musical instrument.
  335. What I would like to do when I get older.
  336. My experience at the hospital.
  337. How the problem of hunger can be solved.
  338. Things that I like about our school.
  339. The problem of crime can be eliminated by...
  340. Things that I don’t like about our school.
  341. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be...
  342. This is my favorite sport.
  343. Music is an important part of my life.
  344. I would like to tell you about my class.
  345. Why are so many people selfish, greedy and unfriendly?
  346. These are some things that I do very well.
  347. Things that I like doing.
  348. The proudest moment of my life.
  349. The things that really bother me.
  350. The saddest moment of my life.
  351. My favorite music group.
  352. # [Being Unprepared] Because you have been sick, out of town, busy at work, or working on other homework, you didn't have as much time to study for an important test as you needed. Everyone going to school has been in this situation. Think of a specific test that you took that you felt unprepared for and narrate the events. Tell your readers about the preparation that you were able to do, the reasons that you didn't get to prepare as well as you wanted, taking the test, and any significant events that happened after you took the test. Your paper should help readers understand what it felt like to be unprepared.
  353. # [Lightbulb Moment] Think of an experience when you realized that you suddenly understood an idea, a skill, or a concept you had been struggling with -- it might be something related to a class that you took or a specific athletic skill you were trying to perfect. For instance, you might think about trying to understand how to identify iambic pentameter in a poem or how to complete a Taylor Series problem in your Calculus class. Or you might consider trying to perfect your free throws and suddenly understanding how your follow-through was affecting your success. Write a narrative that tells the story of your movement toward understanding. How did you finally come to understand? What changed your perceptions and gave you a new understanding? Your paper should help readers understand how you felt to struggle with the idea or skill and then to understand.
  354. # [Childhood Event] Choose a vivid time from your childhood — You might think of the first time that you rode a school bus, of a time when you went to the principal's office, the first A you earned on a test or paper, earning money to buy something that you really wanted, and so on. Narrate the events related to the childhood memory that you've chosen so that your readers will understand why the event was important and memorable.
  355. # [Achieving a Goal] Think of a time when you achieved a personal goal — you might have finally completed a marathon or triathlon, or you might have bettered your score on the SATs or another test, or you might have learned how to use a piece of software like Microsoft Word or Excel. Tell your readers about the story of how you met your goal. Be sure that your readers understand why the goal is important to you.
  356. # [The Good and the Bad] Think about an event in your life that seemed bad but turned out to be good. Maybe you got injured and while you were waiting for your broken leg to heal, you learned how to use a computer. What makes the event change from bad to good may be something that you learned as a result, something that you did differently as a result, or something that happened that wouldn't have occurred otherwise. Tell the story of the event that you experienced and help your readers understand how an event that seemed negative turned out to have valuable consequences.
  357. # [Being a Teacher] Teaching someone else how to do something can be rewarding. Think of a skill that you've taught someone else how to do. Perhaps you taught someone else how to swim, showed someone how to bake a souffle, or helped someone learn how to study more effectively. Think about the events that made up the process of teaching the skill, and narrate the story for your readers.
  358. # [Changing Places] Every place has things that change — sometimes as the result of economics, sometimes because different people are involved, and sometimes for no clear reason that you know about. Think of a change to a place that you know well. Perhaps the local grocery store you grew up with as Smith and Bros. Grocery was bought out by a regional chain like Food Lion or Winn Dixie. Maybe the First National Bank of Smithburg suddenly becomes NationsBank. Perhaps the change was more personal -- an older sibling moves out of the house and your family changes the room to a guest room or an office. Think of a specific change and narrate the events that occurred. Readers should know the details of the change, and they should know how you feel about the changes that occurred.
  359. # [Personal Rituals] Describe a personal ritual that you, your friends, or your family have. Think about the personal steps that you always go through when you prepare for an exam. Do you sit at a desk, spread books and notes across your bed, or use the kitchen table? Do you have to have something to drink...soda, water, jolt? There are numerous things that we do for which we create our own personal rituals. Choose one event — studying for a test, writing a paper, dressing and warming up before a game, or preparing and having a special family meal. Narrate the events that take place when you complete your ritual so that your readers understand the steps that the ritual includes and why you complete them.
  360. # [Standing Up] Choose a time when you did something that took a lot of nerve, a time when you didn't follow the crowd or a time when you stood up for your beliefs. Perhaps your friends were urging you to do something that you were uncomfortable with and you chose not to cave into peer pressure. Maybe you took a stance on a political issue that was important in your community, or you might have Whatever you choose, think about the details of the event and write a story that tells about what happened. Your narrative should show your readers why you decided to make a stand or try something that took nerve, give specifics on the events, and share how you felt after the event.
  361. # [Disagreeing] Think of a time when you disagreed with a decision that had been made and did something about it. The decision might have been made by someone you know personally — your Biology teacher announced a new policy to grade for spelling and grammar on your quizzes and homework, or an older family member decides to cancel a subscription to a magazine that you liked to read. You might have responded by discussing your concerns with your principal or dean, or you might have decided to get a part-time job to earn enough money to buy the magazine yourself. Or the decision could have been made by someone you never met — perhaps your school board decided to change the lines in your school district so that you would have to go to a different school, or your state legislature has passed a bill that you disagreed with. Your response might have been to write a letter to the editor, to your state representative, or to the school board. Whatever happened, your job is to write a paper that narrates the events that occurred -- from the decision that was made to your response. Be sure that your paper gives enough details that your readers understand why you disagreed with the decision and why you felt that your response was appropriate.
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Just. In. Case.


Brian Klems, who is the author of prompts #1-#66, asked me to include a short referral to his site:
#1-#66 by Brian A. Klems, Writer’s Digest magazine, Writing Prompts and Challenges, www.writersdigest.com/forum