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Creative Writing Prompts
1. A great scientific breakthrough
2. What animals can teach people
3. A trip to a space station
4. Would you rather be rich, successful, healthy, or famous? Why?
5. The hardest thing I have ever done
6. If dinosaurs were alive today
7. If I were a superhero, I’d be…
8. Do you believe in magic? Why or why not?
9. Things that would make my neighborhood better
10. My craziest experience in a restaurant or shopping mall
Writing Prompts for Kids
1. Using these 6 words create a story: apple pie, alligator, train, rabbit, star, hamburger.
2. Imagine what would happen if you woke up with wings one morning. How would you feel? What would you do? What would your day be like?
3. What do you want to be when you grow up, and why? Tell us the story of a regular day in your life when you grow up.
4. If you could have any secret superpower you wanted, which would you choose and why?
5. Write a story about what would it be like to climb the highest mountain in the world.
6. Tell us about your favorite animals. What do you like about them?
7. If you were in charge of running the school menu, what would you serve each day?
8. What is your favorite holiday? Why?
9. You were turned into a frog by an evil witch! Tell us about what you would do if this happened!
10. If you could be any animal you wanted, which would you choose and why?
Writing Prompts for 2nd Grade
1. Tell me about the time that someone did something kind for you. How did it make you feel?
2. Imagine it is a sunny Summer day. What would you do? How would you have fun?
3. Tell us about a time where you were scared. What happened? How was it solved?
4. It is your birthday! You can do whatever you want and eat your favorite things! Tell me what your ideal birthday would be like.
5. What is your favorite game to play?
6. You can turn into any animal you want for a day. Which one do you choose and why?
7. What is your favorite food and why do you like it so much?
8. What is your favorite film and why? When did you watch it for the first time and how did you feel at the time?
9. Tell us about your favorite book and what makes it special.
10. Tell us about your best friend.
Writing Prompts for 3rd Grade
1. If you could only eat 1 thing for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
2. Snow day! You don’t have to go to school and you get to do whatever you want ! How would you organize your day to have as much fun as possible?
3. If you could make a new school rule, what would it be and how it would change everyday life at school?
4. If you were given 100 dollars, what would you use them for?
5. Imagine what an average day in your life will be like when you grow up.
6. When was a time where you did something kind for someone else? How did you feel?
7. Which animal makes the best pet?
8. Tell us about someone that you look up to. Why do you admire them?
9. What was something you found difficult to do at first, but then you learned?
10. Your best friend is feeling sad. What would you do to make them feel better?
Writing Prompts for 4th Grade
1. Imagine a friend comes to visit you from another country. Which places in your town would you show them and why?
2. If you could stop having 4 seasons and only have your favorite season forever, would you do it? Why?
3. Should kids in 4th grade have social media? Why or why not?
4. Describe your favorite game (or sport)to someone that has never played it before.
5. If you are having a bad day, what do you do to feel better?
6. Tell us about your favorite animal and why it is your favorite.
7. Tell us about your role model. Why do you look up to them?
8. Plan the perfect day. What would you do? What would you eat? Where would you go?
9. Think about a day you will always remember. What happened, why was the day so special?
10. What do you think is the most useful invention of all time? Tell us about it. Why is it so important?
Writing Prompts for 5th Grade
1. Are you excited about starting middle school? How do you think your life will change?
2. Tell us about the worst book you have ever read. What made it so terrible?
3. Do you remember your first day ever of school? How did you feel? Did you like school or did you not?
4. Imagine your school lets you organize a field trip. Where would your class go? What would you do?
5. Have you ever tried food from another country? Tell us about it, and if you liked it. If you haven’t, which is a foreign food you would like to try?
6. Should 5th-grade students be allowed to stay at home alone for the entire day? Why?
7. Do you think standardized tests are helpful or not?
8. Write an essay convincing the teacher about a class pet.
9. What are three lessons parents must teach their kids?
10. Write an essay explaining how, in group projects, everybody gets hurt if somebody doesn’t do their part.
Writing Prompts for Middle School
1. If you could live inside a videogame, which would you choose and why?
2. Imagine you could know one thing about your future. What would you like to find out and why?
3. What do you think it is the biggest problem people your age face nowadays?
4. If you could send one message to all the people of the world, what would you say?
5. If you could meet any character from a videogame, a book or a movie who would you choose and why?
6. Uniforms in school. Why or why not?
7. Imagine inventing a new holiday. What would it be like, what would be celebrated?
8. Zoos. Are you for or against? Explain the why behind your choice.
9. Should young kids be allowed to have a phone? Why or why not? What about social media?
10. If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be? How would it change the world?
Writing Prompt Template for Teachers
You can easily turn any of these writing prompts into a printable template for students to give them space to write their essays. Just click on the “Customize Template” button below to customize this template for your writing prompt.
Happiest Childhood Memory
If you had a $1000…
This prompt gives students a creative way to think about how they would spend $1,000. Would they splurge and buy a new video game console or would they buy the stock of that video game company? Let them tell you what they would do with it.
1. Who is your favorite person? How did you meet them? How do you usually spend time together?
2. What was the happiest moment of your life?
3. What was the most frustrating moment of your life and how did you overcome it?
4. What is a place I have always wanted to visit and why? What will I do once I finally visit?
5. Where will I be ten years from now on? What will a regular day in my life be like?
6. What is something that I really like about myself?
7. When you are having a bad day, how do you shake off the bad feelings and take care of yourself?
8. What is something really enjoy doing?
9. What is your favorite place? Why do you like it so much? Can you visit it often, what do you usually do over there?
10. Was it the most outstanding memory of my childhood? What makes it so striking?
Tips to Beat Writer’s Block
- Take a break. Get outdoors or even just walk around the house. Anything to step away from the computer or journal for a bit.
- Change your scenery. Getting outside into the woods or to a coffee shop could unblock you.
- Use a brainstorming tool (like our writing prompt generator above). These might be enough to spark a new idea.
- Create an outline. Organizing your thoughts may help you to know where to start.
- Do some stream of consciousness writing. Jot down as many ideas as possible. Any of these ideas could serve as a writing prompt.
- Meditate. Clearing the mind for 5-15 minutes should help you regain focus and start generating new ideas.
- Look at social media or read news headlines. Consuming media can help you think about new topics to write about.
- Listen to music. Listening to calming music or your favorite playlist can get you in the mood to write again.
- Make a list. Just like an outline, organizing your thoughts and main points can give you new ideas on how to approach your writing.
- Hold yourself publicly accountable. Post on social media or tell a friend so that they can make sure you’re keeping up with writing. Pressure sometimes helps spark the most creative ideas.
For more, read our article on beating writer’s block.