Prompts for Prose

Challenging ideas for creative writers! If you’ve found these prompts useful, don’t hesitate to let us know. Submit all creative responses to!

Do you celebrate a religious holiday during the winter? What does it mean historically and spiritually, and what does it mean to you and your family? Do you celebrate a holiday that does not correspond to your religious affiliation, such as Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day?

What’s the most annoying thing about winter?

Do you think there should be a magical provider of gifts for celebrations of Hanukkah as there is for Christmas? What do you make of Mensch on a Bench, a holiday themed toy sold alongside Elf on the Shelf?

Write a style emulation! Take a chapter from a book or use one of your favorite poems to express your characters and ideas in the style of that author. For example: “For a long time after that summer, the four Penderwick sisters still talked of Arundel. Fate drove them there, Jane would say. No, it was the greedy landlord who sold our vacation house on Cape Cod, someone else would say, probably Skye.” (first page of The Penderwicks, by Jeanne Birdsall.) “For years after their French class’s trip to Quebec, the three friends still talked about their time with a Canadian host family. It was their dedication to French that led them, Andrea would say. No, it was the bus, someone else would say, probably Cody.”

What sorts of traditions have fallen out of favor in your family or in general? What traditions have stayed? What would you like to make a tradition? How many years do people have to repeat a procedure or event to make it a tradition?

Do you believe Thanksgiving gets overlooked? Is it merely tolerated for Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and upcoming winter festivities?

What’s your verdict on Halloween- is it still a haunted, ill-fated night or an excuse for kids to get candy and dress up? How has Halloween changed? Is it too commercialized? Do you believe in the Great Pumpkin?

For all you students-with-jobs; what has been your craziest, most annoying, or most satisfying, customer experience?

Step into the shoes of a Starbucks barista making a pumpkin spice latte.

Write a poem with a rhyme scheme- check out Inspired Ink’s running list of poems for extra inspiration! This is a challenging process, but very rewarding.

Write a descriptive piece using every sense except sight.

The weirdest stories are often the most entertaining! Write about something you found ‘cringe worthy,’ or ‘cringy.’

Listen to a song and try to find the story within the composition- be it lyrics or notes.

Do big words=better writing? Take something you’ve already written and add super long vocabulary words, then compare what you’ve made with the original. Which sounds better?

What if your desk disappeared into thin air right in the middle of a test! How would such a scenario play out?

Have you ever had to get through a lengthy amount of school time on crutches? Write about the ups and downs of this tasking experience, or imagine what it might be like.

If there was one singular thing you could change about your school what would it be, and how would you go about changing it?

Write about a student body’s reaction to the implication of school uniforms.

Take something you’ve already written and change it’s tense from past to present or present to past. Then compare.

What if Hogwarts had a guidance counselor? How would the books be different?

What would be the response of your peers if you went to school without shoes?

What constitutes noticeability? Write about someone who stands out and someone who blends in.

Think up the craziest, most damage-inducing school pranks, then write about a student accomplishing them all. (Do they get caught? Don’t leave us hanging!)

Which character from a book would you like to meet and why?

Write a piece from the perspective of an animal off an endangered species list.

If you were given opportunities similar to Disney’s Aladdin, what would you wish for, why would you wish for it, and would you sing a song about it?

Is there something in the news that you feel very strongly about? Send your politically charged perspectives to our inbox! (Anonymous submissions are accepted!)

If you had access (and complete control over) the TARDIS, where and when would you go?

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