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30 Creative Writing Prompts for High School

Fun Creative Writing Prompts
March 17, 2016

There are situations when one gets stuck in the middle of the writing process. Sometimes it happens at the very beginning, when you have no clue what to start with, lacking creativity and inspiration even to come up with something brief. Usually, such mishaps happen to young high school students who need more experience in writing.  In such cases, professors and tutors assist their students by providing them with so called writing prompts. It may be a motivating question or instruction which helps to catch the idea and purpose of the assignment and thus helps to generate a writing plan.

Writing prompts come in different shapes and sizes. Such writing “tips” serve as a starting point for students, boost imagination and help to concentrate on the topic. Funny and amusing prompts are given to students when they have to share some creative stories with each other. Here are some interesting writing prompts for high schools students:

  1. Write about you childhood toys.
  2. What would you do if you were able to communicate with animals?
  3. Write a short poem about your classroom.
  4. Describe some holiday or celebration. Welcome the others to join you and have fun.
  5. Describe your best friend.
  6. Write about the most important thing in your life.
  7. Write a poem about your favorite hobby and/or game.

All of the mentioned prompts are aimed to evoke writing inspiration.  This kind of assignments helps to develop writing habits and abilities, discover some hidden talents and improve students’ skills to express themselves.

On the other hand, creative writing prompts help students broaden their outlook and improve thinking.  It is important for students to be assigned tricky tasks which would make them think, therefore, writing prompts should sometimes be challenging and even controversial.

  1. Write a letter to your manager.
  2. What would you do if you traveled back in time?
  3.  If you were the president, what would you change?
  4. Write about a homeless animal that you brought home.
  5. What would you do if you found out you had the magic powers?
  6. Write about a vacation that you will never forget.
  7. Describe the best show you have ever attended.
  8. Write about the time when you outsmarted someone you had always wanted to.
  9.  If you were to be an animal, which one would you choose and why?
  10.  Describe your worst nightmare.
  11. Imagine you woke up and found that you are invisible?
  12. Describe the experience you had with an alien that took you with him to his planet.
  13. Imagine you found a golden ring on the floor?
  14. Would you prefer having a brother or a sister? Why?
  15. Write a poem about your father.
  16. You meet a fairy, and she tells you to wish for only three things, what would those be?
  17. Write about your worst fear.
  18. Describe your future life.
  19. Who is your role model? Why?
  20. It was an unusual Wednesday morning when I heard...
  21. Write about a moment that you were put to shame
  22. Write a letter to the future you.
  23. Write about the moment when you broke an important promise.
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Comments:
Jenny Harper:

Indeed, ideas can be very interesting and even some of them unusual. In my opinion, need to start with writing prompts that are more related to the individual personally. It will be much easier to write in details about a topic which is closer to the particular student. P.S. It would be interesting to read what people write about "Imagine you woke up and found that you are invisible?"

April Smitz:

As for me, if you do not have good writing skills and you are fond of mathematic, even all of these creative writing prompts will not help you to cope with writing tasks. It is just my opinion!

Rose Bennet:

I agree that these writing prompts can help students to improve their thinking and creativity, as I see that all these prompts have deep meaning. But I cannot understand how these prompts can develop writing skills? In my opinion, only writing many written works can help to develop these skills in general.

Bob Raven:

Thank you for this interesting article! I will add it to my internet bookmarks!

Dolly:

Oconcisaally one gets flashes of insight into the disastrous impact of the Jewish Nakba on the Arab world like this article by Nabil Rashaf al-Din. It reminds me of the piece by Magdi Allam (in the PoNR sidebar). One wonders if al-Din must now fear for his life in the current Egyptian climate now he has spoken the truth.

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