But you already know that. Eavesdrop in restaurants, in stores. Listen to your own family and friends -- really listen. Not just to what they're saying, but to the words they use, the pauses, the unique rhythms of their speech. And write down pieces of speech when they are still fresh in your ears. If you wait too long, you'll find the sentences coming out in your own voice. Learning to capture different voices on paper will help you with dialogue for stories or scripts.
It can also be a source for poetry. Describe your neighborhood. Describe the weather, the colors and textures, the light and shadow. Go beyond what you see -- describe the sounds, the smells, the feeling of the air on your skin. Look for the surprising details, the ones that aren't quite as you'd imagine, the ones you could never have made up. Magic: Imagine you have a touch of magic, and can make impossible things happen. What would you do? Fanciest Pen: Get out your favorite pen, pencils, or even colored markers and write using them!
A Day in the Life: Write about your daily habits and routine. Your Muse: Write about your muse — what does he or she look like? What does your muse do to inspire you?
Natural Wonders of the World: Choose one of the natural wonders of the world. Write about it. Green Thumb: Write about growing something.
Bug Catcher: Write about insects. Potion: Write about a magic potion. What is it made of? What does it do? What is the antidote? Adjectives: Make a list of the first 5 adjectives that pop into your head. Use these 5 words in your story, poem, or journal entry. Fairy Tales: Rewrite a fairy tale. Give it a new ending or make it modern or write as a poem.
Whispers: Write about someone who has to whisper a secret to someone else. Smile: Write a poem about the things that make you smile. Seasonal: Write about your favorite season.
Normal: What does normal mean to you? Is it good or bad to be normal? For example, you could make an acrostic poem using the last letters of the word or use secret code words in the poem. Vacation: Write about a vacation you took.
Heat: Write about being overheated and sweltering. Spellbinding: Write a magic spell. Puzzles: Write about doing a puzzle — jigsaw, crossword, suduko, etc.
Taking Chances: Everyone takes a risk at some point in their life. Write about a time when you took a chance and what the result was.
Country Mouse: Write about someone who grew up in the country visiting the city for the first time. Optional: include an answer key. Rushing: Write about moving quickly and doing things fast. Neighbors: Make up a story or poem about your next door neighbor. All Saints: Choose a saint and create a poem about his or her life. Shoes: What kind of shoes do you wear?
Where do they lead your feet? The Ex: Write a poem to someone who is estranged from you. Stray Animal: Think of the life of a stray cat or dog and write about that. Your Bed: Describe where you sleep each night. Fireworks: Do they inspire you or do you not like the noise and commotion?
Frozen: Write about a moment in your life you wish you could freeze and preserve. Alone: Do you like to be alone or do you like having company? Did you keep that promise? Commotion: Write about being overstimulated by a lot of chaos. Read the News Today: Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line. Macro: Write a description of an object close-up. Transportation: Write about taking your favorite or least-favorite form of transportation.
Gadgets: If you could invent a gadget, what would it do? Are there any gadgets that make your life easier? Ladders: Write a story or poem that uses ladders as a symbol. Bizarre Holiday: There is a bizarre holiday for any date! Blog-o-sphere: Visit your favorite blog or your feedreader and craft a story, journal entry, or poem based on the latest blog post you read. Sharing: Write about sharing something with someone else. Furniture: Write about a piece of furniture in your home.
Failure: Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely? Mystical Creatures: Angels or other mystical creatures — use them as inspiration. Flying: Write about having wings and what you would do.
Clear and Transparent: Write a poem about being able to see-through something. Break the Silence: Record yourself speaking, then write down what you spoke and revise into a short story or poem. Beat: Listen to music with a strong rhythm or listen to drum loops. Twenty-One: Write about your 21st birthday. Aromatherapy: Write about scents you just absolutely love. Swish, Buzz, Pop: Create a poem that uses Onomatopoeia.
What Time is It? Write about the time of day it is right now. What are people doing? You are a lawyer and your client has been accused of stealing a car.
How do you convince the jury your client is innocent? Think of the four elements: fire, air, earth, and water. Which of these 4 elements do you find the most fascinating?
What would you do if you could be invisible for a whole day? Do you think you would enjoy it or be glad to be back to normal the next day? Imagine you are a meteorologist and people are starting to get angry that your weather predictions are always wrong.
If you could create any law, what would it be? Why do you think the law is an important one to have? What type of disguise do you wear? Write a persuasive letter to your parents explaining why you should get a new pet.
Your friend wants to do something dangerous. What should you do? How do you think the world would be different if there were no oceans? What do you do when someone disagrees with your opinions? Is there a better way to handle conflicting opinions? What do you think you as a kid could do to help encourage more people to read? Do you have a good luck charm? What makes this item lucky? When do you use it? How do you use it? What is at the end of a rainbow?
Imagine you follow a rainbow to the end. Is it a pot of gold, or something else? What do you think the consequences should be for someone who is caught cheating on a test at school?
Imagine you are riding your bike one day when you encounter an older kid who wants to steal your bike. You are the lead singer and star of a famous rock and roll band, but there is one problem — your drummer is jealous of your fame! How do you solve this situation? If you could help a group of kids in any part of the world, what kids would you want to help the most and why? For example, maybe you want to help kids who have an illness, or kids who do not have parents. What are some things you think would help these kids?
Everyone knows the house on the end of the street is haunted. What are some of the strange things that happen there? Why is the house haunted to begin with? Where does it lead? Why do you think it is there? What happens when you go into the secret pathway? Do you go alone or bring a friend along? A bucket list is a list of things you want to accomplish in your lifetime. What are 5 things on your bucket list?
Imagine the perfect treehouse or clubhouse for you and all of your friends as a place to hang out. Describe what it is like inside. Do you get bored easily? Make a list of things you can do whenever you feel like you are bored and there is nothing fun to do! Now vs. Then: Think about how today is different from one year ago.
How have you changed? What things in your life are different? Write your autobiography about your life. What do you do when the weather is hot? What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool? What are three important safety kids every kid should know to stay safe? What genre of books do you like to read the most? Write about the characteristics of the genre and some of your favorite books.
Holiday Traditions: How does your family celebrate the different holidays and events? What are some traditions you do each and every year?
Imagine one day in science class a science experiment goes terribly wrong and now you and all of your classmates have super powers! What are your super powers and what do you do with them now to help others? You and your classmates are all superheroes! What are your powers and how do you use them for good? Who has your favorite teacher been since the very first day you started school?
Why are they your favorite? You are baking a cake, but you accidentally put salt in the cake instead of sugar. Nobody will eat it! How do you feel? What will you do next time? Do you think it is important to have good table manners? What do you think some good manners to practice might be? Many schools no longer teach cursive handwriting. Do you think this is a good or bad thing? If you were the owner of a theme park, what types of rides and attractions would have?
Describe what they would be like and why people would want to visit your park. What do you buy and why? Some people who are alive today grew up without computers o r video games.
How would life be different? You walk into your living room and discover there is a giant elephant standing there. How did the elephant get there? What do you do with the elephant? How do you explain why there is an elephant in your living room to your parents when they come home?
You are being sent on a mission to outer space to live in a space station for 5 years. What supplies do you pack and why? What is the scariest creature alive on earth? Describe in detail what makes it so horrifying. What do you think your cat or dog might say to you every day if they could talk to you? Your school is putting on a talent show.
What act will you perform? What are some acts that others might perform? If you could breathe under water, what would you do with that special ability? Do you think school starts too early or do you think it is fine the way it is? What time do you think school should start? Write a convincing argument on why or why not the time of day school starts should change. If you were to start your own YouTube video channel, what would the videos on your channel be about?
Do you like to cook? What are some things that you like to make and eat in the kitchen? Your school is having a field day and you are in charge of planning the activities and games. What types of activities and games would you plan for the event? If you had a remote control drone that takes video of everything it sees from the sky and you could take it anywhere, what would you film?
For example, the inside of a volcano or soar it over the plains of Africa. The Bermuda triangle is an area of the ocean where many ships and planes have gone missing. Why do you think this could be? Write a story about what it might be like to travel there. There are 7 great wonders of the world — which one do you think is the most wonderful? If you could speak any foreign language fluently, which one would you like to speak and why?
You are inventing a new flavor of ice cream! What is the flavor of the ice cream called and what ingredients is it made with? Would you rather go to a baseball game or read a good book? What reasons do you have for your choice? You walk outside to get your mail and your mailbox starts talking to you. What does your mailbox have to say? Imagine you are a famous person.
What are you most famous for? What is a day in life like as a famous person? What do you think would be the most fun job in the world to have? Give examples of why you think it would be a fun job to have. Write a poem about an object that is shiny and dazzling.
Creative Response Journal Topics These topics encourage students to finish the story, think creatively, and have fun! You hear a knock on the door. You answer. No one is there, but on the ground you see three items: a paper bag with something in it, a key, and a phone number written on the back of a business card.
Who left them and why? Dusting away the dirt and insects, you find the handle and begin to lift the heavy iron door… If I were invisible I would… On Saturday morning you have plans to meet your friend down the street.
Through journaling, a student also develops a deeper understanding of the unique preferences that define him or her as an individual. After writing on a variety of topics, students will be excited to continue exploring.
Fuel their curiosity with this series of all new creative writing prompts! Write a story about going on an adventure with your best friend. Who has the best job in the world? Where do you get your best ideas? Do women today have equal rights with men?
Have you ever volunteered to help someone? What did you do? What is your favorite thing to write? Imagine that you are stuck inside a TV. What will you do? What shows would you visit? What would you do if you won the lottery?
Would you rather be an animal or a toy?
Tell how you would build it? How do you think this challenge would impact your daily life? Make notes on the story, and imagine the parts you don't know. What is the 1 goal you hope to achieve in middle school?
Then when you're ready to write fiction or poetry, you can go back and mine your journal for ideas. What is your favorite movie? What do you think your cat or dog might say to you every day if they could talk to you? If you could be any superhero, who would you like to be? There are also many more pages on this website with journal prompts and creative writing advice. What do you think some good manners to practice might be?
Which is better, winter or summer? Does it have more than one meaning? What kind of clothes do you like to wear the most? What makes this place ideal for thinking and relaxing by yourself?
Caught Red-Handed: Write about being caught doing something embarrassing. What do you think makes someone a hero? What do you think your cat or dog might say to you every day if they could talk to you? An alien comes to Earth, and… At the beach, you find a special seashell… At summer camp, the boys and girls wage a prank war against one another. What would you do and why?
How did the landmark or geographical feature come to be? Congratulations: Did you write a poem, short story, or journal entry every day for a whole year?
How did the landmark or geographical feature come to be? Why do you think the other person insulted you? What aspects of you might a stranger that your parents or spouse would overlook? If you could invent a robot of any type who could do anything you imagine, what types of things would you would have the robot to do? What kind of magic would she do? What clothes do you think are the most comfortable?