I’m doing a low-pressure creative writing unit with my juniors and seniors while I wait for them to get the next book we’re going to read. Here are ten prompts I’ve given them to work with:
1. Write 6 (nice!) fortune cookie fortunes, then develop a short story around someone who receives one of your fortunes after their dinner date.
2. Write a 6 word autobiography.
3. Go to postsecret.com and peruse the offerings, then compose one (or two or more) of your own. Keep in mind these don’t have to be YOUR secrets; you are free to write fiction here.
4. Write a narrative from the perspective of an inanimate object – your car keys, the coffee maker, the door to the post office….
5. Go to onesentence.org and peruse the offerings, then compose one (or two or more) of your own.
6. Finish this sentence, “The worst part of my favorite thing is…” with a short story.
7. Personify a color, an emotion, or a sound.
8. Write from the perspective of your favorite fictional villan.
9. Imagine someone in an unusual circumstance – say, a man wakes up one morning and remembers, fully and vividly, a past life experience, or a 9-year-old girl walks up to a stranger in a store and tells them something will happen that later turns out to happen.
10. Write a five sentence short story.