As a writer I know that deep down each of us has stories worth telling. The writing prompts offered here will help you find your own special voice. Read them, let your mind wander freely and listen carefully to the voice within. Then begin writing. Don’t be afraid. Just write what you want to say. Amaze yourself!...

Imagine You Achieve the Fame You Desire


At last you have finally achieved all the fame and recognition which you have always sought and believe you deserve. Tell us how you did it.   Which special talent of yours do you want to be recognized for? What advice do you offer to others who also want to excel? What have you been willing to sacrifice in order to achieve your success?  What kept you going along your path to fame?


The Letter You’ve Yearned to Receive

You have arrived home from school and a letter is waiting for you to open.  It contains the words you have yearned to hear.  The words comfort you and give you hope and confidence for the future.   Write the amazing letter you wish to receive — it’ll be good for you and give you a way to figure out what you deep down need to hear — even if they come from yourself.  And who wrote this wonderful letter to you?

Using Great First Lines from Literature to Create Your Own Story

Kim Stafford, a writer-poet who also is founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute at Lewis & Clark College in Oregon, wrote a wonderful essay for Teachers & Writers Magazine in which he suggests that writers searching for writing ideas consider using the first line of their favorite book or poem as a way to start their writing.  Let the first line of a favorite book stimulate your imagination to create your own story.

He gives these first lines as some examples:

.”I read about it in the paper, in the subway, on my way to work.” (This first line came from ”’Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin.)

.”There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck.” (This first line is from ”The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H. Lawrence.)

.”The grandmother didn’t want to go to Florida.” (This first line came from ”A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Conner.)

Stafford offers a stimulating idea to help us in our search for things to consider writing about.  Why not try it out, starting with one of your favorite first lines from a novel or poem?

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