New Writing Prompts

by Kay on January 14, 2014

When I wrote my tech memoir, Terrible Nerd, I had a lot of material to work with from my life. It got me thinking about the writing process, though, and the way that writing prompts can help spark old memories and important sensory details. In that vein, I’ve got four new categories of writing prompts up at that cover memoir, travel, current events and birthdays.

The travel and memoir writing prompts alike are great for triggering old memories and thinking about what the future holds. Using sensory detail, early memories, family trips, and familiar places, they let the writer tap into powerful sources of creativity.

Another category that’s great fun for creativity or expository writing is the birthday prompt category, which is great for students of varying ages. Some will prompt short story ideas, while others ask the writer to consider the meaning of getting older and what we desire from life.

Finally, the best teacher resources are the current event writing prompts, which ask students to look on the internet, on TV, and in newspapers for important local and world news before studying the subjects critically. These are great for making sure that kids get involved in the community and the world at large.

There are 101 writing prompts at print with three to five prompts per page in each category. They are also divided up according to age groups: Elementary, Middle, High School and College. Some popular categories include creative writing, descriptive, expository, persuasive and journal prompts.

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