Writing Prompts

Sometimes it takes a challenging idea from another source to get your creative juices flowing. Use these writing exercises from past club meetings to take your writing in a new direction. Pick a topic. Imagine your audience. Write complete sentences in paragraph form in response to the topic.

  • Since April is Poetry Month, try your hand at writing a poem, and use these nine words in your piece: breeze, across, dressed up, veil, thunder, yellow, Friday, scarlet, fisherman.

  • Answer the question, What’s new?
  • When you’re driving/riding, look at the car in front of you.  Write about the owner/situation from what you can observe, such as:  the car’s appearance–age, condition, etc., the type of vehicle, license number, whatever you can see of the driver and/or what or who is inside.  Let your imagination flourish.
  • Use the word tickled as the main focus of your writing; discuss it in any way that is meaningful to you
  • Write about an Easter-associated remembrance/incident.
  • Write about erosion.
  • Look for an inanimate object around you to invest with a male or female gender.  Examples:  freezer bags are male because they hold everything in but you can see right through them.  Tires are male b/c they go bald easily and are often over inflated.  Whereas sponges are female b/c they are squeezable and retain water.
  • Write something about cold/ice, whether an icy stare, cold shoulder, cold cuts, ice in your tall cool drink, working in Antarctica, walking on a glacier, or how cool it is to live in this country of America–land of the free and home of the brave.
  • Find three ways to use the word curled in your writing.
  • Write about something both warm and chilly; what can be both warm and chilly at the same time?
  • Write a letter the the editor on a non-controversial subject.
  • Write a note of encouragement or appreciation to one of your children, another close relative or your spouse.


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