100 Ideas for Writing a Paragraph or Two
1. If I could become invisible...
2. This is my father’s/ mother’s job.
3. Reasons why people lie.
4. Reasons for going to church.
5. These are the reasons why I don’t go to church.
6. The meaning of “freedom”.
7. I will tell you a story that is only half true.
8. Why do nations wage wars?
9. There will be peace on earth only when...
10. I have something to tell you teacher.
11. Did you know that...
12. The scariest thing that ever happened to me.
13. I once had a scary dream.
14. The strangest dream I ever had.
15. I believe in God.
16. I don’t believe in God because...
17. The meaning of Christmas.
18. Hockey is my life.
19. I get scared when...
20. I wish that I could...
21. I am happy when...
22. I am sad when...
23. The things that get me upset.
24. My favorite subject.
25. My least favorite subject.
26. I just can’t seem to get along with anyone
27. The things that bug me.
28. Why is it that...?
29. This is my family.
30. When I grow up.
31. Our most interesting substitute teacher.
32. My most embarrassing moment.
33. I watch too much television
34. The most interesting place that I have ever visited.
35. What I would do if I were rich.
36. My three wishes.
37. What I think about gambling.
38. My best friend.
39. Friendship is...
40. Why I think friendships are important.
41. This is my home.
42. I play a musical instrument.
43. My experience at the hospital.
44. Things that I like about our school.
45. Things that I don’t like about our school.
46. This is my favorite sport.
47. I would like to tell you about my class.
48. These are some things that I do very well.
49. The proudest moment of my life.
50. The saddest moment of my life.
51. The happiest moment of my life.
52. My accomplishments.
53. Why I like animals.
54. My favorite movie.
55. My favorite television show.
56. My fondest school memory.
57. The person that I admire.
58. The most interesting person that I have ever met.
59. The biggest mess that I ever got myself into.
60. My fondest childhood memory.
61. This is my hobby.
62. My biggest goal in life.
63. Things are not going well for me right now.
64. My parents.
65. My religion.
66. My first flight.
67. I like..., and these are the reasons why.
68. I very much dislike..., because...
69. My life as a citizen of a new country.
70. What I think about vandalism, drugs and smoking.
71. Ways in which troubled kids can be helped.
72. Reasons why people argue.
73. The best book that I ever read.
74. This book was really bad.
75. I often get frustrated.
76. Dear teacher, I would like to ask you some questions.
77. Dear teacher, there is something that you need to know.
78. When I turn 25.
79. When I become an adult this is what I will be like.
80. My future wife.
81. My future husband.
82. If I could change the world I would do the following.
83. My wish.
84. The present that I would like to receive.
85. Qualities that I look for in a friend.
86. The greatest summer ever.
87. The greatest vacation ever.
88. I like cars.
89. My favorite and least liked foods.
90. I have a disability.
91. When I take a long look in the mirror this is what I see.
92. What I would like to do when I get older.
93. How the problem of hunger can be solved.
94. The problem of crime can be eliminated by...
95. If I could live anywhere in the world it would be...
96. Music is an important part of my life.
97. Why are so many people selfish, greedy and unfriendly?
98. Things that I like doing.
99. The things that really bother me.
100. My favorite music group.
100 Ideas for Writing in a Journal
1. Tell the story of an important turning point in your life when you had to make some kind of choice. Now think about what might have happened if you had made the other choice.
2. Remember a time when someone didn't understand you at all.
3. When in your life were you most happy, sad, proud, frightened, content, or serene?
4. When did you first discover that adults weren't perfect? Tell the story of that discovery.
5. How did you learn about death?
6. What if you could fly?
7. Close your eyes and tell everything you hear, smell, taste, and feel--feel with your touch and feel with your feelings.
8. What is it like growing up today?
9. Pick an issue that confuses you or that you would like to know more about. Then freewrite to explore what you DO know about it.
10. Imagine yourself a different age, or the opposite sex, or living in a different era. Tell how life would be different for you.
11. What handicap do you have? Is it one that others notice? What would life be like if you didn't have that handicap?
12. What is the worst injustice you notice around you? How would you take steps to end it?
13. What would it be like if we started out old and grew younger until we died as babies?
14. Tell all the groups that you are a member of or part of, from your family to a group of friends to a religious or ethnic group. How does being a member of these groups affect you?
15. Tell about a time when you were victimized because of a stereotype or some kind of prejudice. Being taunted for wearing glasses is as much a possibility as more obvious situations.
16. How would you remake the world?
17. Write out your goals--for the world, for your lifetime, for next year, or for today. What one step could you take to start you towards achieving that goal?
18. Tell about someone who helped you or made a difference in your life.
19. Get it out of your system. Write about something that upset or angered you.
20. Write a letter to someone you haven't seen for a while.
21. Make up a conversation with anyone, living or dead, that you would like to talk to.
22. Argue both sides of an issue.
23. Tell a dream that you remember . . . or make one up.
24. Describe and explain a feeling that you understand best or least. What would life be like without that feeling.
25. Describe an object that is very important to you.
26. Describe a time you had to make the best of a bad situation
27. Where in the world--or out of the world--would you like to travel?
28. What would it be like to be homeless?
29. What is your special talent? What do you wish your special talent was?
30. Describe your worst nightmare.
31. What was the longest hour you ever experienced?
32. What would you consider the most splendid thing you ever accomplished? Remember the small things as well as the more obvious ones.
33. Write a review of an incident you observed or a person you know.
34. Tell the story of a serious mistake you once made. What was the result?
35. What are the little things in life that make you happy? What little things can ruin your day?
36. What are the little quirks or idiosyncrasies you prize about yourself or can't stand in others?
37. What invention would you like to give the world?
38. Imagine your life as a TV commercial. What would you be an ad for?
39. Tell about the time that someone really disappointed you--or surprised you in a positive way.
40. What thoughts go through your head when you can't sleep?
41. What do you know about your ancestry? Who might you have been in a former life?
42. Has the perfect plan ever backfired on you? Tell what happened.
43. Imagine a secret life for yourself. Who or what would you be?
44. Who would be in your private hall of fame?
45. Tell about a time when you were faced with a moral or ethical dilemma?
46. What are you fascinated by? What kinds of things does your mind dwell on?
47. How do different kinds of music affect you? Are there songs that transport you to a different time or place? What song means the most to you?
48. What was meaningful to you when you were very young?
49. What would you do if you won the lottery?
50. Write a recipe for happiness, success, disappointment, or any other state of being.
51. Your favorite TV program has won critical acclaim, but is under attack by a certain group who disapproves of the content and it will probably be canceled. Write a letter of protest.
52. You are awakened one night by a presence at the foot of your bed. What advice does the presence give you?
53. List ways of making the world a less irritating place.
54. If you could be any age, what would it be and why? Describe yourself at that age.
55. Sylvester Stallone uttered the phrase, “I’m your worst nightmare.” What’s yours?
56. Thoreau said, “Simplify, Simplify.” If you could simplify your life, what would you change and how would you change it?
57. You know the stories of Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy. Make up your own story.
58. Tell of a time when you felt isolated from life.
59. Write a eulogy for a pet.
60. My mother tells me everyday to…
61. What is your favorite amusement park ride? How does it make you feel?
62. If you could change yourself in any way what would it be?
63. You are suddenly able to read minds. What are the students around you thinking?
64. Create a holiday and the rituals that go with it.
65. The parents of your new girlfriend/boyfriend are university professors. What will you do to try to impress them?
66. Can a smart student fail? Why/why not?
67. You are putting together a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years. What will you put in it? What message will you write?
68. I am the only one who understands…
69. You are able to trade places with someone for a day. Who will it be and why?
70. Describe your memories of a relative you remember well.
71. Tell about something funny you heard or did that still makes you laugh.
72. Parents always brag about the cute things their children say. What cute things did you say?
73. Describe an argument you had with a friend. How did it make you feel? Did you make up?
74. You have just won a Pulitzer Prize. Write your acceptance speech.
75. Student protesters say grades should be abolished. What would you put in their place?
76. Which would you prefer? Being remembered, or being great during your lifetime, then forgotten. Why?
77. What I do best.
78. You’ve been asked to come up with a new lunch menu. What will be served each day of the week?
79. You can measure a wall and measure a window, but how do you measure success?
80. Write a short poem describing your feet.
81. You are a new candy. Describe yourself.
82. If you could meet Shakespeare, what would you most like to know about him and/or his times?
83. Your parents are always talking about the good old days. What was so good about them?
84. You’ve been elected president of your class. You must write a class motto, what will it say?
85. Which do you enjoy more, going to the movies or a concert? Why?
86. You’ve just been told you have a Jekyll and Hyde personality. Describe yourself.
87. Describe the most expensive item you’ve ever saved money to buy. Why did you want it so much? Was it worth the money?
88. You’ve won a trip to anywhere in the world. Where will you go and why?
89. Your parents have given you a thousand dollars to redecorate your room. What changes will you make?
90. Have you ever experienced déjà vu (the feeling that you’ve already experienced or done something before)? Describe what happened.
91. The yearbook states that you are the most likely to what? Will you achieve this or would you rather not?
92. Give advice to your younger sibling on ways to be popular.
93. What occupation would you never want to have and why?
94. If you have to choose to look good or feel good, which do you choose? Why?
95. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. What do people see when they look in you eyes?
96. You have befriended a homeless man who loves in a refrigerator box. Tell how he lost everything. How do you help him?
97. You have just found a key in an antique chest you bought from a garage sale. Make up a story about what the key opens.
98. Are all men really created equal? Why/why not?
99. As a young child you once told a lie, and now wish to set the record straight. Explain what happened.
100. Do you feel teens are stereotyped by society? How?
259 More Ideas for Journal Writers
What is something you dislike about yourself?
What is something you do well?
What is your favorite room in your home and why?
What is a good neighbor?
What is the worst thing parents can do to their children?
What is your favorite time of day?
What is your idea of a dull evening?
What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?
What is something you are optimistic about?
What is something you are pessimistic about?
What is your most indispensable possession and why?
What is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last"?
What is your favorite song and why?
What is the best birthday present you ever received?
What is the best birthday present you could receive?
What is something that makes you feel sad?
What is your favorite book and why?
What is something that really bugs you?
What is something that really makes you angry?
What is the best advice you ever received?
What is your favorite holiday? What makes this holiday special?
What is your favorite day of the week?
What is your favorite month? Why?
What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted? When would you use this ability?
What would happen if there were no television? Why would this be good? bad?
What would happen if everyone lived in space? What type of houses would they live in? What type of clothing would they wear? What type of food would they eat? How would they travel?
What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
What if all the streets were rivers? What would be different?
What would happen if people never co-operated? Why do you think it is important to co-operate?
What would happen if it really did rain cats and dogs?
What would happen if animals could talk? What are some of the questions you would like to ask animals?
What would happen if you could become invisible whenever you wanted to? What are some of the things you could do that you cannot do now?
What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
What would happen if you threw a piece of trash on the ground? What if everyone did?
What if you could walk up walls and across ceilings?
What would happen if you loved your neighbour as yourself? What if everyone did?
What would happen if you grew taller than trees? How would this change your life?
What would happen if children ruled the world?
What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes? How would this change your life?
What if everyone lived under water? Where would people live? What games would children play? What would school be like?
What would happen if you found gold in your backyard?
What would you do if a bully bothered you on your way home?
What would you do if you did very poorly of a test?
What would you do if a friend borrows things from you but never returns them?
What would you do if You were the teacher and everyone forgot his homework?
What would you do if you were in the middle of the lake and your boat began to leak?
What would you do if Your friend had a broken leg? How would you cheer him up?
What would you do if you saw little bugs in your salad?
What would you do if you woke up in another country and no one could understand you?
What would you do if you ordered an ice cream cone and you forgot to bring money?
What would you do if someone got in front of you when you were in line at the movies?
What would you do if your jelly sandwich fell upside down on the floor?
What would you do if only one hot dog is left and neither you nor your friend have had one?
What would you do if two of your best friends went to the movies without inviting you?
What would you do if the surprise party was for you but you weren't surprised?
What would you do if you got a present you didn't like?
What would you do if you were at home and your homework was at school?
What would you do if you dropped the cookie jar and it broke?
What would you do if you were invited to two parties on the same day?
What would you do if you promised to feed your pet and you didn't?
What would you do if someone said you did something wrong and you didn't?
What would you do if your new shoes felt fine in the store but now they are hurting?
What would you do if someone told you a joke that you don't think is funny?
What would you do if an hour before the party you remember you don't have a gift?
What would you do if a friend comes to your house and his/her mom doesn't know he's/she's there?
What would you do if you had four math problems marked wrong that were right?
What would you do if you found in the street?
What would you do if you found a magic wand?
What would you do if you wanted to be friends with someone who spoke no English?
What would you say if someone told you it was all right to steal from a large department store?
What would you do if you saw a friend cheating--report it, confront the friend, nothing--and why?
If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been?
If you could only take 3 people with you on a trip around the world, who would you take and why?
If you could give any gift in the world, what would you give and to whom?
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
If you received any sum of money as a gift, what would you do with it?
If you could do whatever you wanted to right now, what would you do?
If you were principal of this school, what would you do?
If you were a mouse in your house in the evening, what would you see your family doing?
If you were five years older you would...
If you were lost in the woods and it got dark, what would you do?
If it were your job to decide what shows can be on t.v., how would you choose?
If there were no rules, what do you think would happen?
If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from stealing from you?
If you could participate in an Olympic event, which one would you choose and why? <P
If you could break the Guiness Book of Records it would be for?
If you had to describe yourself as a color, which would you choose?
If your friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?
What do you think...
What do you think of 3D movies?
What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our environment?
What do you think the world needs now?
What do you think your friends say to each other when you're not around?
What do you think about the amount of violence on T.V.?
What do you think about people polluting the environment?
What do you think about having set rules for people to follow?
What do you think about people who are inconsiderate of others?
What do you think should be done to keep people who are under the influence of alcohol off the road?
What do you think the world will be like when you are a grown up?
What do you think about ghosts?
What do you think of someone who has bad manners?
What do you think about people who take advantage of others?
What do you think about when you can't fall asleep?
What do you think courage means?
What do you think makes a good friend?
What do you think makes a happy family?
What pollutants do you think do the most damage and why?
What things do you think are beautiful?
What do you like most about yourself?
What do you like to do in your free time?
What kind of animal would you like to be and why?
What kind of trophy would you like to win?
What TV or movie star would you like to invite to your birthday party?
What does "Clothes make the person" mean to you?
What does "Have your cake and eat it too" mean to you?
What does "The early bird gets the worm" mean to you?
What do we mean when we say, "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"?
What does "You can't take it with you" mean?
What do we mean when we say, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar"?
What do we mean when we say, "Hitch your wagon to a star"?
What does "still waters run deep" mean to you?
What does "There are two sides to every coin" mean to you?
What does Canada mean to you?
What are you afraid of? Why?
What are junk foods?
What are some nutritious foods that you like?
What are some rules you have to follow at home?
What are some examples of prejudice?
What is more important to you, appearance or personality?
What is most important to you in a friend--loyalty, generosity, honesty--why?
What is something that makes you melancholy?
What makes your best friend your best friend?
What makes you feel safe?
What makes you laugh?
What would you invent to make life better?
What would you do to entertain your family without spending any money?
What effects does watching violence have on people?
What effects do cigarette and alcohol advertising have on young people?
What kind of t.v. commercial would you like to make? Describe it.
What kind of pet would you most like to have--monkey, snake, goat--why?
What kind of program do you enjoy most on TV--detective shows, comedies, game shows--and why?
What advice would you give a new student?
What advice would you give to someone who stole something but now feels guilty?
What things are better than going to school? Why?
What talents do you have?
What three words would describe you right now?
What four things are most important in your life?
What color makes you think of happiness?
What has been the most fun activity at school so far?
What quality do you like about yourself--creativity, personality, appearance--why?
What eccentric behavior in a friend disturbs you the most?
What parts of nature do you like best?
What do you do for exercise?
How do you feel when it's your birthday? Why?
How do you feel on the first day of winter? Why?
How would you feel if you were going to be on a show? Why?
How do you feel when you do something wrong?
How do you feel when you do something that is very good?
How do you feel when you play a trick on someone?
How would you feel if a new child moved into your neighborhood?
How do you think the new child would feel?
How do you feel when you have had a fight with your best friend?
How do you think your friend felt?
How do you feel when you are in bed with the lights out?
How do you feel when you want something very badly and you cannot have it? Why is this so important to have?
How do you feel on a warm sunny day?
How do you feel when you stay with a babysitter?
How do you feel when you're leaving home on vacation?
How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house?
How do you feel during a thunderstorm?
How do you feel on the first day of school?
How do you feel when your parents are upset with you? Why do they become upset with you?
How do you feel on Thanksgiving? What are you thankful for?
How do feel on (any holiday)?
How do you feel when something scares you? What do you do when this happens?
How would you feel if someone told you that you were his or her best friend?
How do you feel about your appearance?
How would you change the world to make it better?
How do you think eating junk food affects you?
How do you have the most fun--alone, with a large group, with a few friends--and why?
Explain how to play your favorite game.
I wish I had a million... Then I would...
I wish I had one... because
I wish I could be like.... This person is special because....
I wish to be a ________ when I grow up. Then I will....
I wish there were a law that said..... This would be a good law because....
I wish I could forget the time I ..... because....
I wish trees could..... because....
I wish I could see...... because.....
I wish I could learn..... because.....
I wish I didn't have to eat...... I don't like this food because.....
I wish everyone would learn to ..... Then everyone would.....
I wish I never......
I wish I had one more chance to..... Then I would.....
I wish there was an electric......
I wish I had enough money to......
I wish everyone loved......
I wish all children would......
I wish everyone had.....
I wish I could touch......
I wish animals could...... If they could, then.....
I wish I looked like.... because......
I wish there were no more.....
I wish I didn't have to.....
I wish I could go to.....
I wish there really was..... If there really was, then.....
I wish I could hear......
I wish I could give......
If all my wishes came true, I would......
Describe a time when you felt vengeful.
Describe your favorite toy. Why do you like it best?
Describe the most ludicrous outfit you can think of.
Describe the best teacher you ever had.
When you are angry, how do you look?
When are you happiest?
When have you felt lonely?
When do you feel proud?
When was the last time you cried and why?
When a friend was in an embarrassing situation, what did you do?
When it might hurt their feelings, how do you feel about telling your friends the truth?
When might it be bad to be honest?
When someone picks on someone else, how do you feel? What do you do?
Once, when you were very frightened, what happened?
Once, when you were embarrassed, what happened?
Once, when your feelings were hurt, what happened?
Which quality best describes your life--exciting, organised, dull--and why?
Which quality do you dislike most about yourself--laziness, selfishness, childishness--and why?
Which place would you most like to visit--Africa, China, Alaska--why?
Which holiday has the most meaning for you-Canada Day, Thanksgiving, Valentines Day--and why?
Which is least important to you--money, power, fame--and why?
Which is most important to you--being popular, accomplishing things, being organised--and why?
Who do you talk to when you have a problem?
Who is your favourite Star Wars character (or other movie/book/t.v. show, etc.)?
Who or what has had a strong influence in your life?
Where would you prefer to be right now--mountains, desert, beach--and why?
Why is it important to be honest?
Why is important to have good manners?
Why do you think adults smoke/drink?
Why is exercise important to someone your age?
Why do you think some people encourage others to smoke/drink?
Why do you think the rules you must follow are good or bad?
Why would it be good to be honest?
Why have men and women usually only done certain types of work?
Why should or shouldn't a man stay home to care for the house and children while his wife goes to work?
Why do you think some people take advantage of others?
Why do you think prejudice exists in the world?
Why would we say that someone is "passing the buck"?
Why would a Prime Minister have a sign on his desk which read, "The buck stops here"?
Why do you think tact is an important quality?
Why is it not wise to squander your money?
Explain why we say, "dead as a door nail".
Do you think there is too much fighting on t.v. Why or why not?
Do you think it is necessary to have alcohol at a party in order to have a good time?
Does it bother you to be around someone who has bad manners?
Should there be a dress code in places such as school, restaurants, and places of business? Why or why not?
Should animals be used for medical research?
Should the Canadian Government financially support Olympic teams?
Should people be prohibited from smoking in certain places?
Families are important because...
Would you like to be famous? Why or why not? What would you like to be famous for?
473 Prompts from Prompter
1. Where did you get your name? Write the story of how your first, middle, or last name became yours.
2. What was your favorite toy? Write about your favorite plaything.
3. Who was your favorite relative? Write about a time you discovered one of your relatives would become one of your favorite people.
4. What made it your home? Write about a specific room or place in the first home you remember living in.
5. Why were you mortified? Write about a true embarrassing moment as though it was happening in slow motion.
6. What book captured your heart? Write about why the first book you loved is the first book you loved.
7. Where did you love to shop? Write about a favorite store you remember visiting as a child.
8. Why was it so hard? Through writing, dramatize the hardest thing you've ever had to do.
9. What do you dream about? Explain a dream you've had recently without using the words 'I' or 'me'.
10. What animal lives beneath your human skin? A mouse? A cougar? Or what? Explain with writing.
11. What's something you no longer own that you wish you still owned? Write about what became of it.
12. Who taught you the best? Write a memory involving your favorite teacher.
13. What fed your sweet tooth? Write about a favorite candy you remember from childhood.
14. How did you travel? Think about your first car, bike, or skates/skateboard....Choose one and write about it?
15. What made them so interesting? Remember a unique classmate from your past. Write about him/her.
16. Where did you go? Write about the first family vacation that pops into your head.
17. What did it feel like? Write the story of the first person (not a member of your family) you ever kissed. Share it with them, if you dare!
18. How did it become yours? Write a story about the first pet you remember owning.
19. What memory do you sometimes wish would disappear? Write about it.
20. What item do you own that speaks loudest about who you are as a person or an individual? Write about it.
21. Why was that day so bad? Come to grips with a terrible day by writing about it.
22. Where did you pitch your tent? Make fun of summer camp with a piece of writing.
23. How did they get your goat? Write about the time you made your parents the angriest. Tell parts of the story as though they were happening in slow motion.
24. What or who would you have traded your life for at one time but now know isn't worth much at all? Write about it.
25. Where were you when something incredibly important happened on a worldly level? (i.e. the assassination of Kennedy, the destruction of the World Trade Centers, The Challenger explosion, etc.) Write about it.
26. Who from your early childhood would you contact first, if you had the time to do so. Write about that person.
27. Why didn't they tell you? Write about something your parents kept a secret from you.
28. What was your medicine? Write about the first time you remember being ill.
29. Who snores the loudest? Write about that person.
30. Who taught you close to nothing? Write about the teacher who had the least impact on you.
31. What's the first (or worst) movie you remember seeing? Write the story of you sitting there watching it.
32. Which sin did you probably commit first? Tell about it in a story.
33. What did the church do for you? Write about a memory involving a religious place.
34. How did it affect you? Tell about the first time you remember seeing the ocean or an amazing forest.
35. Who was your first hero and why? Write about that person.
36. When did you finally become a realist about something? Write about an event that changed the way you thought.
37. What SHOULD Heaven be like? Everyone has an image of Heaven, even those who aren't religious. Write about yours
38. How do you picture the best day of your life that hasn't happened yet? Write about it.
39. What's the best/worst thing about being the age you are right now? Write about it.
40. What did you collect? Describe in as much detail as possible a collection of something you had when you were younger.
41. What brings you comfort? Describe you in your most comfortable real place.
42. Why does it recur? Describe a dream you've had more than once. Embellish on details, if you can.
43. What are your 'Seven Wonders'--or the seven most amazing things your eyes have seen? Describe the places, objects, people or accomplishments in your life that are the most meaningful and life-affirming experiences of your existence?
44. Why did you forget it? Tell the story of something you forgot once and vowed to NEVER forget again.
45. Where do you fly? You're given a free airline ticket to anywhere in the world. Your choice. Write about your choice and reasons.
46. If you could dedicate your life to one noble cause, what would it be? Explain your choice.
47. Where was everyone else? Tell the story in your life when you felt the most alone.
48. What was the most important lesson you learned OUTSIDE of school? Write about it.
49. Why is it so mixed? Write about a trait or skill that is your biggest 'Mixed Blessing.'
50. What should they eulogize? Write the perfect funeral speech for your own funeral.
51. What is your earliest memory? Do some self-hypnosis and write about your first memory.
52. What do you take? You have ten minutes to evacuate your house forever! All family and pets have already escaped. Write about what you'd imagine yourself taking with you with only the limited time you have.
53. Why were they interesting? Write about a person you know who has the most interesting eyes, teeth, hair, nose, OR ears.
54. What does routine tell you? Choose one hour from your daily routine that is often the same. Write it out as a story.
55. What's the bravest OR stupidest thing you ever did? Write about it.
56. What did you write back then? Pretend you discover a letter to yourself written five or ten or twenty years ago. Write the letter from your past.
57. What will you write? Pretend a time machine sends you a letter from your future self--ten or twenty or thirty years from now. What will that letter say? Write it.
58. How would you paint it? Think of the one place that is the most special to you. Imagine you are a painter, painting that place so that others will see what it looks like too. Using words as paint, create a picture on your piece of paper.
59. What room holds the most memories? Write about a place you once lived that you haven't thought about for a long time. Allow your memory to dig for interesting details.
60. What are you the most afraid of? Write a fictional story (or maybe a true one) about you that would explain to a stranger where your fear came from.
61. What would you say? Think of a person from your past who really deserved a good scolding but never got one. Write a fictional piece where you tell that person off intelligently.
62. If you could relive any moment in your life, what moment would you choose? Write about it.
63. Whose birthday was it? Write about the most memorable birthday party you ever attended.
64. Why don't you grow up? Write about the event that was the end of your childhood or the event that will finally end your childhood. Think hard, if you have to.
65. Then why did you make that mistake? In honor of the old song lyrics, write about the person in your life who was 'Your Favorite Mistake.'
66. What idiom brings you a memory? Think of an odd and unusual expression used by someone you know or knew. Write about that person, starting with an explanation of the expression.
67. Who took the picture? Find a photograph that you meant to put in a photo album but haven't yet. Write the story of the photo on a piece of scratch paper, then paste the photo in your writer's notebook and write a revised version of your draft underneath it.
68. Why was the advice so great? Write a journal entry about the best piece of advice you ever received.
69. How many homes have you had? Write a journal entry about ALL the places you've called 'home' in your life.
70. Then why were they angry? Write about the silliest thing someone ever got angry at you over.
71. What are you cooking up in your head? Write a personal recipe for happiness or some other pleasant emotion, or write a recipe of your day. List the ingredients, then creatively explain how you'd make the dish.
72. What happens after the wake-up call? Focus on JUST the first half hour of your waking day. Write a journal entry describing it in depth.
73. Who in your family is most deserving of an award? What award would it be and why should this family member be recognized?.
74. What made you say it? Tell a story (maybe of the first time it happened, maybe not) about a time you said 'I love you' to someone who wasn't a member of your family. Or write about someone you wish you'd said (or never said) 'I love you' to.
75. Why do they need to be read (or heard) over and over again? You're going to be intentionally stranded on an island for a year. What five books do you bring or what five songs do you bring (assume you can play them on something!!!)?
76. How many trips can you remember? Write a list of short, descriptive memories of all the places your family has vacationed together. If you have time, go back and write in detail about the one that calls to you the loudest.
77. What Superhero does our modern day world need? Write about a day-in-the-life of the Superhero you imagine. Don't forget to include some really COOL Super Powers!
78. Why was it important to you? Tell the story of an important moment (your first award, for example) as though it was happening in slow motion.
79. What war did you survive? Although you may not have been in any real war, chances are you ARE a veteran of some conflict. Write about your 'war' or 'wars.'
80. What is at the top of your list? Write a list of ten things that make you feel any one certain emotion (anger, jealousy, wistfulness). Write about one or several items on your list.
81. What happened on October 31? List three memorable Halloween costumes or Halloween memories from your past and then write about one or all of them.
82. What could you write about? List 25 persons, places, or things you would like to write about some day. Then, choose one and WRITE!!!! Save the others for another day.
83. Who once was a pillar of strength to you? Write about him/her.
84. 'How could you have been so dumb?' Write about an incident where that question could have been asked of you.
85. Who hurt you the most? Write about it.
86. When did you know something for certain? Write about it.
87. What did you once lose? Write about your search to find it again.
88. How could you even say that? Write about one of the times you said a bad word in your childhood, and do it without actually writing the bad word. What happened?
89. What's your favorite month? Write about what makes your favorite season your favorite season.
90. Why are you keeping that thing? Open up or think about the 'miscellaneous stuff drawer' in your kitchen or in your desk. Take out one item that sparks a positive memory and write about it.
91. Do they really give you ten-thousand words? Look at or think about the pictures on your walls. Write about one you've never written about.
92. Who do you wish you'd proven wrong but never got around to doing it? Write about that person.
93. Would others find it dumb? Think about all your dumbest daily rituals. Write about it.
94. What made you so proud? Write about your own writing today by explaining which pieces you've written you are the most proud of.
95. Did they all play fetch? List the names of five or ten dogs from your lifetime. Write about why one sparks a stronger memory to you than the others.
96. What was the hardest thing to give up? The easiest? Turn them into people and put them in a room together. What would they talk about?
97. What goes in your message for a bottle? Write a letter to the world (or to whoever finds it) that you might place in a bottle and throw into the ocean. Ask yourself what you might have to say to a total stranger...
98. Why so dishonest? Think of any lie you once told, and force yourself to stick with the first one that pops in your head. Write a piece about that lie.
99. Who answers a question with a question? Write a fictional conversation between two characters or people you actually know. The characters/people are only allowed to speak in questions. How long can you keep the conversation interesting?
100. What was the last thing that really made you mad? Challenge yourself to write a poem (any form of poem) about it.
101. Who have you forgotten about until right now? Think hard and list five people from your past that you really should have written something about by now but haven't. Circle the name of the person who stands out the strongest. Write a description or brief memoir of that person.
102. What piece of junk are you keeping? Open the 'junk' drawer in your life...it's probably in your kitchen, your garage or your desk. Take one item out of it that's been there for a long time. Write a piece that explains why you haven't thrown the item away yet.
103. What is the most boring or tedious thing you do on a daily basis? Using great verbs, write about this activity so that it seems incredibly INTERESTING.
104. Why does Weird Al do it? Think of a song you either like or hate, a song whose lyrics you mostly know. Write a parody of this song.
105. What is an unpleasant experience you had eating? Write a poem, paragraph, or something else about the experience.
106. What's a daily activity you must do that's not one of your favorite activities? Be specific. Once you have it, write a piece called 'Ten things that are worse than [whatever activity you thought of].'
107. What do the outdoors do for you? In a piece of writing, explain your connection (or lack thereof) to the natural world. Where did the connection (or lack thereof) come from? Remember those words of wisdom: Show, don't tell.
108. What would the truth have done? Write about a time when honesty was NOT the best policy.
109. What's the dumbest holiday? Invent a character in your mind who thinks that particular holiday is the BEST holiday. Write about that character.
110. What is a habit that most people find unpleasant? Either write a piece that focuses on that habit, or write about a fictional character who has that habit, but write it in such a way that it doesn't seem so unpleasant.
111. What do Crayolas tell us? Write a character sketch of a person (real or fictional) who couldn't color within the lines when using his/her crayons. What kind of adult do you imagine that person would make?
112. What does a blank mind do? Find the blankest wall where you are (in can be just part of a wall, if need be) and stare at it for 5 to 10 uninterrupted minutes. Write about the thoughts that went through your head while you stared.
113. How are you different? Imagine you are in a room with 50 random strangers. List ten ways that you are PROBABLY different from every stranger in that room, then write a piece (poetry or paragraph) that celebrates those differences.
114. Why won't you forget? List six true sentences that begin with the words 'I'll never forget...' Then use all six of your sentences in a paragraph, poem, or longer descriptive piece.
115. Do you cheat or follow the rules more? Imagine your life as a board game, like Monopoly or Life. Write what several of the spaces your game-piece could land on might read, or what several of the 'Chance' cards would say. Put what you've written in a longer piece of writing.
116. Why should you have? List six true sentences that begin with the words 'I should have never...' Then use all six of your sentences in a paragraph, poem, or longer descriptive piece.
117. Do you know what's back there? Find (or imagine) a closet or cupboard in your home that you haven't opened for a week at least. Open it and look deep inside. Write about something in the back you find and have never thought to write about before.
118. Why do you shop there? Think of a store where you occasionally shop. Can you write a piece that uses all five senses to describe the essence of this store?
119. Where were you when you read it last? Remember a favorite book from your childhood. Write a scene that includes you and an old copy of that book you find somewhere.
120. What could you teach them? You suddenly find yourself as the substitute teacher for a writing class. No one left you a lesson plan. What will you teach these students? Write a piece about what you could teach other writers.
121. Can it soothe a savage beast? Listen to some music you haven't listened to in a VERY long time. Write about a memory associated with that music.
122. Why didn't you want to believe them? Even if you don't believe in fortune telling, write about a fictional (or true) experience where you visit someone who knows something about your future.
123. What does Sunday feel like? Write a poem or paragraph (or whatever) that explains your opinion of and emotions felt for the seven separate days of the week.
124. What does January feel like? Write a poem or paragraph (or whatever) that explains your opinion of and emotions felt for the twelve different months of the year.
125. How's the air back there? Open your refrigerator (for real or in your mind) and look for an item you've never written about in there. Write a poem or paragraph or play (or whatever) about something in your fridge.
126. How's it hanging? Write about something hanging in your closet you've had for a long time. Write what memories you associate with that item.
127. Why was it so great? Write about a gift you received (concrete or abstract) that you still consider to be one of the best gifts ever.
128. Why should they meet? Think of two relatives or two friends. Write about how they alike and how they are different in a poem or story (or whatever).
129. Why didn't they ask you? Write a list of 5 or 10 sentences that begin with the words ‘No one ever asked me…’ Then, write about one of them in detail, or use them all in a poem, or use several in a personal description of yourself.
130. How risky was it? Write about the one thing you did last week that you would call your biggest risk-taking experience for the week. If your one thing doesn’t seem that risky, we predict your piece might be more interesting.
131. Where's your pair? Look in the place where you keep your socks (for real or in your mind). Write the story of your most interesting pair or pairs of socks, or write about something that socks make you think of.
132. Where does that fear come from? Write about something that frightens you that other people might find ridiculous. Write about it in a poem, a story, or whatever.
133. Who got cut up? Write about the first memory that comes to mind when you think of the word ‘surgery.’
134. What did you want to hear? Imagine that many years ago you visited a fortune-teller, one who actually had some skill. Write what the fortune-teller said to you as he/she flipped the cards, glanced at your palm, studied your tealeaves, or whatever.Apply your writing to your present or future: your choice.
135. Who made you laugh? Write about the last time you laughed until it hurt.
136. Can you write using imagery? Without thinking too much about it, write down either the word ‘hot’ or the word ‘cold.’ Then write down next to it either the word ‘wet’ or the word ‘dry.’ Now, write a descriptive piece that attempts to make the reader feel the two words you’ve written down.
137. Where does a smile come from? Write about the person from your past or present who made or makes you smile the most.
138. Do goldfish go to heaven? Write about the first memory or true experience that the word ‘goldfish’ brings to mind.
139. Why are kids different? List five things kids do that adults usually do not. Then, work as many items from your list into a piece of writing.
140. Why did you think of that symbol? Think of an item or symbol from every day life that could stand for your mother, father, spouse, best friend, or other person who is important to you. Write about why that symbol stands for that person.
141. What vocation would you do on vacation? Write about you doing a job that you never have done but think would be interesting.
142. Are verbs your most important part of speech as a writer? Write a piece of writing about anything where the verb(s) in every sentence starts with the letter S.
143. What programming influenced you? List the names of five television shows that you watched the most from your childhood; if you really have watched no TV, then feel free to write about the books you read and then re-read. Write a piece that explains how these shows (or books) help to explain what type of person you are now.
144. What happens on the blacktop? Compare your life (or just your day) to a game that used to be played on the playground at your school.
145. What chapter are you in? If your life could be divided up into book chapters, think about what event in your life started the current chapter you’re in. Then…write a piece about something from your previous chapter.
146. What makes them beautiful then? Prove that beauty is skin deep. Write about the inner beauty of someone you know who is kind of goofy looking.
147. Do you like it like Mikey? Write a scene, story, poem, or whatever with just you and a breakfast cereal as the characters.
148. If life was a TV game show, what TV game show would best reflect the life you've lived? Write about it.
149. Who's got the button? Write about the first memory that comes to you when hearing the word 'button.'
150. Who affects your tongue most? Think of someone sour in your life. Then, think of someone sweet. Write something that includes both people somehow.
151. What should children hear about this? Write a children's story based on something difficult you once had to do. Disguise the story so it seems like a fairy tale of some sort.
152. What made it so scary? Dramatize the scariest thing you ever had to do in a piece of writing.
153. Who told you it was haunted? Write about the first memory that comes to mind when you heard the words 'haunted house.'
154. Do you have rhythm and flow? Practice your sentence fluency by writing a descriptive piece about any person or place you visited yesterday. Move back and forth between long and short sentences as you describe.
155. Who was 'president?' What writing does the word 'clubhouse' inspire from you?
156. Why do we watch them? Make fun of soap operas with a piece of writing.
157. What's the power of parody? Think of a childhood nursery rhyme (Humpty Dumpty, Little Boy Blue, etc), then write your own version of it, changing all the words but keeping the rhythm.
158. What made it so bad? Write about your worst habit or about someone else's.
159. Why are we water logged? Compare some part of your life to water in one of its many forms? Fresh, stagnant, steam, or ice? Or another? Write about it.
160. What did you wish for most? Write about a time when it was just too hot.
161. What did you wish for most? Write about a time when it was just too cold.
162. What goes on in your head? To not be bored, people often do interesting stuff. Write about a 'game' you play with the world in order to 'kill' boredom.
163. Why are you such a moth? Compare one or more people you know to sources of light in a piece of writing. Who is a 20-watt bulb? 100-watts? Who is a spotlight? A strobe light? A nightlight? A Christmas light? Be illuminating a you write.
164. Are you in your prime yet? Choose one prime number (2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 57, 59, etc). Which best represents an age in your life that was 'prime.' Write about it.
165. What was up there? Think of an interesting ceiling you once stared at and thought about. Write about you staring...and what it was that caused you to stare.
166. Who gets your goat most? They say everyone has a nemesis--that one person in your life who is everything bad that you are not. Write about your nemesis, be it a real person or one you invent.
167. What makes you special? Write a piece that explains three things about you that make you a VERY unique person.
168. Were there consequences? Write a true story about being late for something.
169. Whom did you hide from? Write about a hiding place you haven't used for a while.
170. Who gave you a bad piece of advice? Write about it.
171. What would they remember about you? Describe yourself as though you were a childhood acquaintance describing you.
172. Where does simple stop and complicated begin? Write about three of your simple pleasures and make them come across to your reader as VERY important.
173. Why are they really saying that? Write a piece discussing what nice things people have said about you.
174. Are you a nose or ear person? Write about the sounds or smells you most associate with your home--past or present.
175. What five images paint a perfect picture of summer to you? Put those five images together in a piece of writing.
176. What five images paint a perfect picture of a perfect spring day to you? Put those five images together in a piece of writing.
177. What five images paint a perfect picture of a pleasant autumn day or night to you? Put those five images together in a piece of writing.
178. What five images paint a perfect picture of a pleasant winter day to you? Put those five images together in a piece of writing.
179. Who said it and why? What piece of writing does the word 'gossip' inspire from your mind?
180. What's so good about it? Write an interesting poem or piece of writing where the last two words of the writing are 'good-bye'.
181. What did you struggle with the most? Write about it.
182. When did you realize you couldn't still do it? List ten things you could do when you were younger but can't do anymore. Put one, some, or all of them together in one piece of writing.
183. Who would've been watching? Write about a time you thought (or knew for certain) you were being watched. Or write about a character who thinks this.
184. Who is a bird-brain? Think about all the birds you've seen--from songbirds to hunters. Compare one or more people you know to different types of birds in a piece of writing.
185. According to you, what's the easiest thing to avoid? Write about it.
186. How would you be certain a good friend is a 'good' friend? Write about a good friend and answer that question with your writing.
187. Who watched you? What piece of writing is inspired from you with the word 'babysitter?'
188. What could or should you give advice on? Write a list of advice to someone who comes after you.
189. What does a scream tell you? Write about a time you were with someone who screamed.
190. Did they fold the end of the toilet paper? Write about the last, first, or worst time you stayed in a hotel.
191. What's last week's genre? Think of all the types of movies out there--from comedies to action flicks to romances or film noirs. Which type of film would something you did last week BEST be portrayed with? Write a description of the opening (or any) scene from your imagined film.
192. Why did you get involved? Write about a time you could have said: 'Oops! I should have never gotten involved!'.
193. When does the day first go bad? Make fun of 'bad hair days' with a piece of writing.
194. Who gave you the very best gift? Write about that person.
195. Have you ever drowned in an ocean of words? Stumbled through a desert of doubt? Been lost in a forest of good intentions? Creatively write about you (or a character) in an interesting geography.
196. What would your name be? 'Dances with Wolves' was a character name given by the Native Americans in a book then a movie. The Native Americans gave him that name because that's what he appeared to be doing when he was observed. What would your Native American name be if you were observed in your day-to-day life? Write about it.
197. How did it get in the trash can? Write about something you threw away and wish you hadn't.
198. If life was a multiple choice test, what would be the first five questions on yours? Write the questions and their multiple choice answers.
199. How do you not say what you wish you could? Write a friendly letter to someone you don't feel like being friendly with. Don't send it. Just explore what you could write so amicably.
200. Did you really know less than you do now? Write something that begins and ends with the words 'When I was younger.'
201. What does a piece of furniture mean? Describe a real desk from your life: yours or someone else's.
202. Who was there for the dullest evening ever? Write about them.
203. Could you be a scout? A scout is: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. All at once too! Which word from that list are you (or someone you know or a character) the most? Which the least? Write about it.
204. How would you greet yourself? Write about your alter ego, your long-lost clone, or your evil twin as if he/she was a person you could meet on the street.
205. What makes it a game anyway? Somehow write about a childhood or adult game as if it was real life, not just a game.
206. Who decides what you should wear? Write about an experience with a 'dress code.' Even if you didn't go to a school that had such a code, there have been plenty of times in everyone's life where 'dress codes' got imposed.
207. Do you watch or look away? Write about a time you (or a character you invent) had to get a shot.
208. Why are puppets funny? Write something funny (truth or fiction) that involves at least one puppet.
209. Who was scary in your neighborhood? Write a piece from that person's point of view...or write a piece that explores why that person was scary.
210. Where's your telephoto lens? Write a piece that starts with a zoomed-in close-up on something, then slowly pulls back so the reader sees something different or unexpected.
211. Why would you hide it so well? Write about hiding something and never finding it again.
212. Who couldn't stop laughing? Write about that person.
213. Why do we need 26? If you could change the alphabet, what would you do? Add? Subtract? Combine? Simplify? Write about it.
214. Is it physical or mental? Write about what you like most about someone. Be as specific as you want.
215. Can it be saved? Think of something that is ruined when it's totally wet: like a newspaper or a piece of cheese. Write a scene (truth or fiction) that involves you and a soaked item.
216. If your magic wand could change one thing about your mother, father, or a sibling...what would you change? Write about it.
217. What would you say to yourself? Write an imaginary scene between you at your current age and you at a younger age. If you don't want to use dialogue, you don't have to.
218. Where was the recipe? Tell the story of a mistake made in the kitchen.
219. What's the story? Pretend an interesting old thing you own is about to be appraised on PBS's 'Antiques Roadshow.' What story about the item are you going to tell the appraiser to make him interested in it?
220. What does 'swoon' mean anyway? Write a love letter (for real or for fiction) that would make the recipient swoon.
221. Who told you that you couldn't, and you really wanted to prove them wrong? Write about it.
222. What roadtrip would you take if you suddenly could? Write about it.
223. What's your secret? Turn your biggest secret into a metaphor--something other than it actually is. Don't tell your reader what the secret is, but tell how you've hidden it.
224. How often did you wear it? Write about a piece of clothing that was important to you at some time in your life.
225. Loafers or laces? Write something (real or fictional) that centers around shoes.
226. Did you really need a dee-jay? Write about an event in your life when people were dancing.
227. Was the dishonestly worth it? Write about faking an illness in order to get out of doing something.
228. Did they have a kids' menu? Write about the restaurant that was your favorite when you were younger.
229. What does 'loyalty' even mean anymore? Write about what you are most loyal to.
230. Where does real magic exist? Write about it.
231. Have you ever studied a skunk's eyes? Write about some item you find beauty in that many others might not.
232. Why wasn't it first on your list? List five or six of your pet peeves. Write about one of the later peeves on your list.
233. Did you study? Write about a time when you were taking some type of test.
234. When did you last feel incredibly spoiled? Write about it.
235. What forest or ocean would it even be? Compare some part of your life to something you'd find in a forest or the ocean.
236. What store best represents what type of person you are right now? Are you a Macy's or Wal-Mart type of person? Or something else? Explain through writing.
237. Who did the stealing? Write about something that was stolen.
238. Do you like surprises? Write a story...true or fiction. The first AND last sentence must contain the word 'surprise,' 'surprised,' or 'surprising.'
239. What stopped you? Write about a time when you tried to get home but couldn't.
240. When was the last time you even saw a 'coaster'? What meaning of the word 'coaster' inspires the best memory for you? Write about it.
241. Do you enjoy road trips? Through writing compare someone you know to a type of sign you might see when driving.
242. Who really helped you get over something? Write about that person.
243. Are you more AM or FM? Write about a true memory that starts or ends with people listening to the radio.
244. What do childhood rhymes even mean? Write something that includes a rhyme you used to sing or say when you were a child.
245. What did a typical lunchtime include when you were younger? Write about it.
246. Do you prefer chewable? Write something serious or amusing that centers around vitamins.
247. Why do you even remember that? Think of a trivial fact you know. Center a piece of writing around it.
248. Can you really ever own it? Write about the first piece of music you ever 'owned.'
249. What facial feature grabs you first? Write about someone with really beautiful eyes...or a really big mouth....or both.
250. What accidentally got broken? Write about it.
251. What spice in a spice rack best represents you OR someone you know? Describe it in a piece of writing.
252. Whose camera was it? Write about some photos once taken that you hope to NEVER see again.
253. Was it supposed to be funny? What memory does the word 'prank' stir up for you?
254. Who probably did something that they never admitted to? Write about that person.
255. Can you really love a thing? Write about a topic you are (or once were) in love with. Not a person...a thing.
256. What piece of furniture in your house has the most interesting story behind it? Write about it.
257. What's in your bathroom? Without being crude, compare your family or circle of friends to things you might find in a bathroom. Then write a longer piece that uses your similes and metaphors.
258. When do you first imagine yourself wishing you were older or bigger? Write about it.
259. How did your worst date or evening out with friends end? Write about the ending.
260. What would it take? Write an imaginary scene where someone you are still angry with finally deserves to be forgiven.
261. Was there no one else to play with? Write about the meanest or strangest kid you ever met.
262. Is silence really golden? Write about a time when silence or quiet played an important role.
263. Do they still make it anymore? Write about a product (or products) that your parents bought that you have never purchased...and probably never will.
264. What does a day mean? Compare your family or friends to the days of the week. Who is a Monday? A Friday? A Sunday? Write about your comparisons in a longer piece.
265. Who is your biggest fan? Write about that person.
266. Why did he/she get so angry? Write a piece that attempts to answer that question.
267. Why do kids do that? Write a poem or story (truth or fiction) about a child stealing something.
268. Why don't you just stay there always then? Write about the place where you can be most at ease or relaxed.
269. What makes school worth remembering? In a poem or story, describe the first classroom you remember well enough to describe.
270. Why didn't you go back? Write about visiting a relative or family friend whom you only ever remember visiting once.
271. Which piece on a chess board (king, queen, bishop, knight, rook or pawn) best compares to you right now in life? Has it always been that way? Write about it.
272. Is plastic surgery an option? Without being vulgar, write about the body part still attached to you that you would most like to dis-attach and replace with a better one.
273. Do you know how much they got paid? Write about a person who used to babysit you or for you.
274. Did they require permission slips? What memory do the words 'field trip' bring back for you?
275. Did they keep to themselves? Write about one of your neighbors (past or present). Speculate on what type of people they are (or were).
276. Are you ever that thirsty? Compare your immediate family or circle of friends to things people drink. Write about your comparison.
277. Then why would you eat with them? Write about someone who is/was a very unpleasant eater.
278. Will you stay away forever? Write about a place you try not to go to because it stirs up strong emotions in you.
279. Where did they keep the spice rack? Write about a person who has (or had) a marvelous kitchen.
280. What's a little chlorophyll between friends? Write about a tree or plant that holds an interesting story for you.
281. How do you spot a tourist anyway? Write about a place you've been where there were lots of tourists.
282. Are they better steamed or raw? Canned or fresh? Compare or link someone you care about to a vegetable. Write about your thinking.
283. Were they sore afterwards? Write about a time you built something with your hands. Make your hands seem like a character in your writing.
284. So why were you mortified back then? Write about embarrassment you felt when you were younger that you would probably not feel today.
285. Who doesn't call or write you enough? Write about that person.
286. What's the definition of 'bug' anyway? Write about a memory that involves a bug or many bugs.
287. What place do you think of when you think of total darkness? Write about that place.
288. Classic model, fixer-upper, or just a lemon? Compare or link one of your relatives or close friends to a car. Write about your thinking.
289. Where were your shoes? Write about an interesting time when you happened to be barefoot. Begin and end your writing with a description of your feet.
290. Why is being proper important? Explore through writing your ability to act civilized even when you don't always want to be.
291. Who writes or wrote the BEST letters? Write a letter to that person. You don't have to send it, but you can...if you can.
292. Did you get to ride in a wheelchair? Write a story or memory that involves a hospital.
293. At what point do you realize you've eaten too much of it? Write a story or memory that centers around Halloween candy or Christmas candy.
294. Hot or cold? Compare or link someone close to you to a type of breakfast cereal. Explain your thinking through writing.
295. Do you like that sound? Think of sleeping bags, windbreakers and winter jackets. Write a piece that begins and ends with the sound of a zipper.
296. Where does it go? Write about the journey a new writing ideas takes as it enters your brain.
297. Got a ticket to play today? Write something that involves a goldfish...a carnival...or both.
298. Who asked (or asks) too many questions? Write about that person.
299. Why did you stop then? Write about a time you wish you hadn't stopped...but you did.
300. Where do your eyes go first? Write something (truth or fiction) that begins and ends with someone looking in a mirror.
301. Does it involve a ball? Compare or link someone you care about to some item (equipment, rule, etc.) you associate with some type of sport.
302. What was the hardest thing you ever had to write? Write about the experience.
303. Did you ever want to just bite the glass? What personal writing is inspired by the word 'thermometer'?
304. Who almost never asked any questions...ever? Write about that person.
305. When did it all suddenly make sense? Write about a time you realized something big.
306. Why is it the most important meal of the day? Write something that begins and ends with eating breakfast.
307. Does it have lyrics? Compare or link someone you care about to a type of music. Write about your thinking.
308. What inspired you? Write about a time when you were empassioned to write.
309. Who sets the 'odds' anyway? Write about someone who has beaten the odds.
310. Is it even possible? Write about someone who has no enemies.
311. How do you become an underdog? Write about someone who is an underdog.
312. Who sets the rules for normal? Write about someone you would label as eccentric.
313. Is 'guest' the best word for them? Write about someone who is or was an uninvited guest.
314. Did he/she do it on purpose? Write about someone who has changed your life.
315. When did you go with the crowd? OR when did you not go with the crowd? Write about that time.
316. How long does it last then? A Spanish proverb goes, 'Nothing bad lasts 100 years.' Agree or disagree with that proverb through a story, poem, or memoir.
317. Who would've caught you? Write about a time when you were the most sneaky.
318. Where does childhood go? Write about a child who sometimes doesn't know how to act like a child.
319. What memory is stirred up with the word 'rabies'? Write about it.
320. Do you care how much per word they charge in the newspaper? Write about two or three things you hope someone remembers to say when they are writing your obituary some day.
321. What does that cliche mean anyway? Write about a time when you were either a day late or a dollar (or thereabouts) short.
322. How dumb did you feel? Write about a time you got swindled or ripped off.
323. Why do things have to change? Write about a place in danger of losing its wonderment.
324. Did the experience help you decide that this place was one of your 'favorites?' Write about something once experienced while visiting a favorite town or city.
325. Isn't your time worth more to you? Write about a person (maybe you) who has stood in a line too long.
326. What would you like to see in the classified ads? Think about your life. Then write an imaginary 'want ad' or 'lost and found ad' for something personal that you normally wouldn't see in a 'want ad' or 'lost and found ad.'
327. What happened in the last year? Write about something you can do now that you couldn't do a year ago.
328. Did spelling count? Write about any signs you made when you were a kid.
329. What do you do when you get frightened? Write about it.
330. What makes your life complicated? Write about it.
331. What do you think about when you can't sleep? Turn it into a piece of writing.
332. What's a talent you wish you had? Write about it.
333. Who hurt you but should be forgiven? Write about it.
334. Who made you want to try? Write about a time when you tried really hard but still didn't get what you wanted.
335. When do we really reach adulthood? No matter what age you are right now...write about what you want to be when you grow up.
336. Who is your best friend, and why? Write about that person.
337. Does it have to be humiliating? Write about someone (real or fictional) being punished with what you think is the WORST punishment.
338. What would the forecast say now? Describe yesterday from the weather's point-of-view.
339. Can magnets be art? Think refrigerator decorations...who has/had the most interesting refrigerator, if looked at from the outside? Write about that person.
340. Who would you become? If you could magically become any member of your family for just one day, who would you become? Explain your thinking through writing.
341. Did it need Bactine? Tell the story of a time you were injured.
342. What did you do with your allowance? Write about a time you needed money really bad.
343. When visiting family, where do/did you feel the safest? Explain yourself through writing.
344. Where did you feel the most bored? Write about it in an interesting way.
345. Is your resentment shared by others? Write about something you resent (or once resented) but have never written about before.
346. Did you plug your nose? Write about something strange you've eaten.
347. What do imaginary friends wear? Write about an imaginary friend you once had...or write about an imaginary friend who might follow you around now...starting today.
348. Why so red? Write about someone who is easy to make blush.
349. What were they hiding? Write about someone who wore a little too much make-up.
350. What would it be made out of? Write about a monument you wished you could build to honor someone you know or knew.
351. Is it a primary color or a mixed one? Write about the best color to come out of a crayon box...in your opinion.
352. Do cartoons have long term effects on us? Write something that makes mention of a cartoon character you haven't thought about in a very long time.
353. Why didn't you have your own? Write about a time you had to borrow someone else's tools.
354. How did you get up there? Write about something that happened on the roof.
355. Did you open your eyes under water? Write about someone you used to swim with.
356. How long until it broke? Write about a toy you didn't play with properly.
357. Paper or plastic? Write about why you either love or hate shopping.
358. What holiday drives you nuts? Think of a holiday people fuss over. Write about either loving or hating that holiday.
359. Where do you keep it the rest of the year? Write about something that comes out of storage whenever a certain holiday rolls around.
360. Did it ever come out your nose? Write about a true memory that involves milk.
361. Where did he/she learn that stuff? Write about someone who knew (or knows) more than he or she should have.
362. Could it be repaired? Write about breaking something (accidentally or not) that didn't belong to you.
363. What is luck anyway? Write how someone you knew in childhood seemed to be luckier than you.
364. Did it involve knocking on strangers' doors? Write about a time you raised money for someone else.
365. Where are the playgrounds without the graffiti? Compare some aspect of your life to something you'd see at a playground. Write about your comparison.
366. Did it teach you anything? Write the story of a time when someone fooled you.
367. What relaxes you most? Write about a place where you have relaxed. Capture the place with your writing.
368. What did the tent smell like? Write about a memory that is inspired by the word 'tent'.
369. Is a nickname always fair? Write the story (truth or fiction) about someone earning his or her nickname.
370. Why do we store it then? Write about something kept in a pantry that is almost never eaten or used.
371. What book or movie 'blew your mind' when you first read or saw it? Write about that experience.
372. What's so great about being stiff? Write a story or memory whose title would contain the word 'starch.'
373. Where did it come from? Write about someone (real or fictional) who has/had an obsession.
374. When do you first remember feeling some type of jealousy? Write about the experience.
375. What were you a die-hard fan of when you were younger? Write about it.
376. Why is going in a circle so much fun? Write a story/poem that begins and ends with a merry-go-round ride.
377. What president inspires you? Write a memory piece that involves--at least--the mentioning of one president.
378. Would it be the same if you went away? Write about something that disappeared so casually that you hardly noticed it was gone.
379. Snow or sand? Write a poem or story where snow or sand plays a major part.
380. Do you read the articles or just look at pictures? Write about a magazine you remember having when you were younger. What lessons did you learn from it?
381. How cold is too cold? Describe the perfect winter day from your past...or your imagination.
382. Why does weather have to be wet? Write a story or poem that begins and ends with rain or fog.
383. When did you feel the most free? Write about it.
384. Have you had one yet? Write something that could be titled 'My First Gray Hair' by remembering the past, projecting on the future, or looking in the mirror wight now.
385. Why can't we control our memories better? Write about forgetting to remember something or about remembering to forget something. Or both.
386. Why so rebellious? Write about a time when you didn't give a darn about the rule/rules.
387. Is boredom a state of mind? Write about a kid--perhaps yourself--trying very hard not to be bored.
388. What's the worst part about being sick? Explain your answer with writing.
389. Do you love or hate math? Answer this question with a piece of writing.
390. Why do people take so many pictures? Write about a time when people around you were taking too many pictures.
391. Was there a fence between you? Write a fictional piece about a real-life neighbor--past or present.
392. What would be an interesting personal ad to read in the newspaper? Imagine who might send it, then write the ad.
393. So why even sing? Write about a time when people were singing badly.
394. Who dropped the ball? Write about it.
395. What made your childhood bearable? Write about it.
396. What memory is inspired by the word 'chalk?' Write it down.
397. Will it talk? Write a story where the Bible (or any book) is one of the two characters.
398. When did you feel really independent for the first time? Write about it.
399. What smells the warmest? Create an imaginary potpourri flavor that would inspire good memories when smelled by you. What ingredients make up your potpourri? Write out the recipe.
400. Who just didn't care? Write about a person who fits that description. Try to answer why they didn't care.
401. Are true friends blue? Think of 5 or 10 of your truest friends, and list one best quality of each. Invent your own FAIRY GOD MOTHER, using the list you have created, giving your friends' traits to this new character.
402. What's better: backwards or forwards? Write a story about a swing. Consider telling it from the swing's point of view. Can you capture the swing's rhythm in your writing?
403. Who should you have written to? Write a fan letter to your favorite book author from when you were a kid...as if you were still that kid.
404. Who should you have written to? Write a fan letter to your favorite musician from when you were much younger...thank him/her/them for their music.
405. Find something in your bedroom that is well used. Pretend that thing is getting ready to find a new 'employer.' Write an imaginary resume for that thing that would help it get a new job.
406. Did you hide your disappointment? Write about a present you received that was a little disappointing. What did the experience teach you about yourself?
407. Can you really decide on the nicest thing? Write about the nicest thing your parents ever did for you.
408. What images inspire you immediately? Open a magazine and create a piece of writing (poem, story, essay) about the first image that captures your imagination.
409. What's your best homonym? Write about something that is (or was) wrapped or someone who is (or was) rapt.
410. Did you need the candles? Write about a time when the power went out.
411. Why are you keeping it? Tell the story of a keepsake you own that cannot tell its own story.
412. Where does simple stop and complicated begin? Explain through writing how a SIMPLE PLEASURE that belongs to you is not as simple as it may appear on the surface.
413. When does a minute seem like enough time? List 5 important things you do that can be done in under one minute. Write about one or all of them with more detail.
414. Plane, train, bus or taxi? Write about an interesting experience you had on public transportation.
415. Who cheated you? Friend, enemy, or a stranger? Write about the experience.
416. What would it tell them? Pretend you're moving. What item could you leave behind for the new residents that you would not miss AND what would the new residents make of the item? Tell it from the new residents' point-of-view.
417. How can you even eat that? List three foods you cannot stand to eat. Choose one of them. Pretend you're no longer you and write about one, describing it as though it was the most delicious thing in the world.
418. Got muse? A muse inspires you to write. What natural object serves as a muse to you? Write about someone seeing that object and being inspired to write.
419. What does that tell you about your mother? List five products your mother used (or uses). Write a longer piece about, at least, one of them.
420. What does that tell you about your father? List five products your father used (or uses). Write a longer piece about, at least, one of them.
421. When did you dance? Write about a time you danced and thoroughly enjoyed it.
422. Why are they quiet? Create a scene where there are many people but no one is speaking. Describe it with writing.
423. How could that even happen? Write about two people discovering they own the exact same one-of-a-kind object.
424. Who scared you and laughed? Write about a time someone thought is was funny to be frightening.
425. What happened when you realized it WASN'T over? Write about thinking something was over and finding out it wasn't.
426. So why did you laugh? Write about a time you laughed when you shouldn't have.
427. What does your foot taste like anyway? Write about the last time you said something that you almost immediately wished you hadn't.
428. Who caught you? Write about a time you got found out.
429. Where did you last have it? Write about what goes on in your brain when you lose something and can't find it.
430. Did you know what it was before opening it? Write about a time you received something unexpected in the mail.
431. Who do you suppose the dye job was really for? Write about someone who has obviously dyed his/her hair.
432. What mostly made them interesting? Write about the most interesting person you spoke with yesterday.
433. Are you or aren't you just rationalizing? Write about the difference between laziness and writer's block...according to you.
434. How do you keep making the lights go on and off? Write about you doing something in your house...from a pet's point of view.
435. Why did it feel so good? Write about a time it felt pretty good to go a little crazy.
436. How long could it last? Write about Halloween from a child's bag of candy's point-of-view.
437. Why did they store it there? Tell the story of a favorite Halloween costume being put away until next year.
438. What image stuck with you the longest? Write about the scariest movie you ever saw.
439. How many marching bands is too many? Write about someone watching a parade that has lasted too long.
440. Would the leaves help or hinder the game? Write about a game being played in the woods in Autumn.
441. How does the nose know? Invent a story where an unwelcome smell brings a character sheer happiness.
442. What would it be hoping to change? Write a New Year's resolution for something not human...a car, a pet, a job, etc.
443. What can we learn from contrast? Write a description of something very dark (like a crow) in a very light place (like a field of snow). Make the dark thing seem innocent and the light thing seem ominous.
444. What makes them comparable? Compare someone you love to something associated with a nearby holiday. Explain your comparison, using interesting details.
445. Why won't you do them? In a piece of writing, describe six things you'll never be caught doing, or six things you'll never do again.
446. What did he/she teach you? Write about a time you learned something from a best friend.
447. Why wouldn't they just start over? Write a story where a character refuses to go back to square one.
448. How did it get in there? Write a story where a character finds something interesting in an accidentally-broken keepsake.
449. What's your yarn about yarn? Write a story where yarn is a very important story element.
450. When might a sore loser win? Write a story where someone is a sore loser, and it pays off in a good way.
451. What's worse than fingernails on a chalk board? Begin and end a piece of writing with an unpleasant sound.
452. Who would be the life of that party? Imagine the different pronouns (I, YOU, SHE, WE, ME, US, etc) are in a room together. What would they talk about? Write it as a scene from a play, if you dare.
453. What's the most important plot element? Setting? Character? Conflict? Write a defense, or pretend these three things are characters in a scene, and write their argument for 'Which one of us is best?'
454. Where do you store it? Write about something you own that someone gave to you but you're too embarrassed to wear or display it.
455. Why don't people with working ears use them? Write about a time that someone refused to listen to some good advice.
456. Just how close to mint condition would it be if you had kept it? Write about the toy you wish you'd thought to keep.
457. Could a routine become interesting through words? Write about a person (perhaps you) caught up in a daily routine. Establish a rhythm with the story's words that impersonates the rhythm of the routine.
458. When is it not narrow enough? Write about someone who's wide and is attempting a narrow escape.
459. Can you almost stop time with your words? Write about the fastest ride you ever had, but describe only a few seconds of it...as though it was happening to slow motion.
460. Would it whine? Write about one of your unfinished projects...from the point-of-view of the unfinished project.
461. What are you saying good-bye to right now? Write about something you can safely say good-bye to today.
462. What did you think the lyrics said? Write a story centered on a song that you (or a character) has misheard or misunderstood the lyrics.
463. Where was temptation hiding the last four months? Imagine it's Spring. A New Year's Resolution has just today been broken by a character. What happened? Tell the story.
464. What onomatopoetic word still needs inventing? Either write about a setting, using a splash of onomatopoeia...or write about a place and invent a brand new onomatopoetic word that would be heard there.
465. What did its 'passing' mean to you? Choose something long gone from your life (your youthful innocence, your first bike, your chances of getting into an ivy league school, etc.) and write a fake obituary for that thing. Make it seem like a real obituary.
466. What 'chapters of your life' would there be? Make a list of your life's chapters. Choose one. Write five possible opening sentences to that chapter. Then write five possible ending sentences to that chapter.
467. What interests just don't interest you? List five hobbies that you have no interest in. Choose one. Create an annoying character who does partake in that hobby...perhaps vehemently. Write a descriptive piece that makes you like the character, despite the hobby.
468. How does that particular memory truly represent him/her? Write down a favorite memory you associate with someone long gone, but choose a memory that this person would be proud to know is one you choose to remember him/her with.
469. What keeps them from laughing? Write about something you insist (or once insisted) is funny, but others don't laugh, no matter how well you tell the story.
470. Who taught you something you wish he/she hadn't? Write either about being taught, or about wishing for ignorance once you realized you'd rather not know.
471. Too white? Too black? Too gray? Write about a place you once visited that was too much of one of those colors.
472. What starts the whole thing? Write about the one event that--by your way of thinking--is the start (or the end) of summer.
473. I mean, how competitive are we really? Write about a really dumb contest you once participated in, observed, or heard about from a reliable source.