Write a Piece with the line…..

I’d like to invite you to warm-up your writing muscles with a challenge. Are you up for it? Ready to write? Write a piece that includes this line somewhere in it: “Lying seems to run in the family.”...

Writing Prompt – A Bee Interruption

This summer I read The Almost Truth, a fabulous mystery by Eileen Cook. At one point, the main character, Sadie, is about to get a highly anticipated kiss when a bee turns her into a screaming mess. The entire scene made me laugh. Then, I saw the comic below and began...

Break a Social Norm Prompt

Not only do I teach Creative Writing, but I also teach AP Psychology. One of the assignments my students do each spring is to break a social norm. We all adhere to social norms as they are expectations about how people should behave in certain situations. There are...

Blueprint Quickwrite

Write for ten minutes in response to the following prompt. See where it takes you. Write a piece that includes a blueprint. You can define what kind of blueprint – What’s it to? What’s it for? A blueprint for life? A bank robbery? A...

Hate poetry? Try these

As little kids, we almost universally like poetry. Think about it. What were some of your favorite stories? I’m willing to bet some of them were narrative poems. Kids love the rhyme and rhythm in these stories. Then, we get to school and something terrible...

Quick Write on Setting

For quick writes, write for ten minutes without stopping. For today’s prompt, let’s tackle setting: Write  a scene that takes place in a kitchen. Make sure the setting is integral to the action which means that this scene couldn’t take place anywhere...

Becoming Creative

They say that every story has been told. As writers, then, we must somehow figure out how to make our stories original and unique. We must push the boundaries of the expected and come up with creative details, characters, phrasing, and plots. This can be...

Setting Writing Prompt

Describe your favorite place. Be sure to use sensory details – what does it smell like? feel like? look like? sound like? Now, make that place the scene of a crime. Describe it again. How did your two descriptions differ? Post below or just share your thoughts...

Character Creation Prompt

Have you ever known someone that you felt got either more or less physically attractive the better you got to know them? For example, when you first met them, maybe you thought they were average looking. But as you got to know them and became friends, they somehow...

"Sieze the Day" Writing Prompt

One of my favorite movies to teach is “Dead Poet’s Society.” In the film, the teacher played by Robin Williams exhorts his students to “Seize the Day” and live life to the fullest. Have a character do this. Create a new character or use...

Noun Prompt

I’ll give you a person, place, and thing, you write the story or scene. Person: an escaped convict Place: a bus (you get to choose what kind and where) Thing: a kiss (in honor of this Friday)

Single Syllable Story Prompt

One reason poets often write such beautiful prose is because they spend so much time choosing each individual word. Khalil Gibran said, “Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.” Hopefully you too use a dictionary and the...

Noun Prompt

I’ll give you a person, place, or thing, and you write the story which must contain all three elements…somehow. Person: an epic hero Place: in a tree Thing: a diamond earring

Beginnings Quick Write Prompt

It’s the beginning of a new year, so in the spirit of the new year, get out a pen or your computer and write for ten minutes without stopping about beginnings. Perhaps your main character can be beginning a journey or maybe they’re just beginning to...

Ritual Writing Prompt

Everyday we are surrounded by rituals. There are some big rituals such as funerals that everyone recognizes, and then there are the little rituals we perform each day to make ourselves feel safe and comfortable. Think about the current piece you are working on. Write...

Noun Prompt

I give you a person, place and thing, you write the story. Person: a basketball player Place: a city street corner Thing: jingle bell

Arena Quick Write Weekly Prompt

Quickwrites are a great warm-up strategy to get you going for a longer writing session. Write for at least ten minutes without stopping. You can do this by hand or on the computer, but you might try both. Today, write a scene which takes place in an arena. Think about...

Focus on…Character Prompt

This girl is dirty, scared, and young. What happened to her? Is she a victim? Or is she, perhaps, a hero? buy wellbutrin in uk Something evil? Start writing and see what you come up with. Image credit: jmpaget / 123RF Stock...

Wordplay Writing Prompt

Write for ten minutes without stopping, by hand or on your computer, just keep writing. The word “insidious” is one of my favorite words. It rolls of the tongue, and it just sounds cool. This week,  write a scene in which you use the word...

Paranormal Prompt

In the book, Writing the Paranormal Novel, the authors define such a novel as one in which you have “some element of magic or the supernatural that’s so deeply integral to the story that the entire novel would collapse if you removed it” (3). Can you...

First Days Poetry Prompt

It’s fall and most of you are starting a new year at school. Maybe you attend a large public high school, a small private school, or maybe you just head to your kitchen table where you’re home schooled. In any case, you had or will have a “first...

"Name Calling" Quick Write

We’ve all done it . . . called our little brother or sister a horrible name. Chanted evil spells at the mean kid in the hallway (in your head, of course). Maybe you were brave (or stupid) one day and actually said it out loud as your teacher passed by with...

Writing Prompt – Focus on Character

Names do more than just provide a way for us to refer to our characters. They convey personality, place, history, socio-economic status, ethnic background, and even a character’s age. They give characters power. Some characters, like Curley’s wife, in of...

The door to . . . Writing Prompt

Last night, a group of my students attended a presentation put on by two local authors. Following the presentation, we stood outside the library and chatted until we noticed the house across the street from the library. We then spent a fun ten minutes laughing and...