15 writing prompts to start your school year with a little creative writing

When I was a kid, back to school always started with a brand new binder, an exciting new classroom and the classic writing assignment: “What did you do during summer vacation?” Seriously, how many times have you written this essay in your life? You’re probably not going to go back to school this year, but I like the idea of ​​ending one period and starting another with a good writing incentive. And maybe the “back to school” season will inspire you to finally start writing this book.

Summers are great for lazing off the day, but when everyone comes home from their beach vacation, you know it’s time to kick start your brain cells. And who said it can’t be fun? Dust off your laptop or boot up your computer, and let the words fly. When it comes to creative writing, there is no wrong answer.

But don’t worry, if you need a little help getting started, I’ve got you covered. Below, I’ve compiled a few writing prompts that will get the juices flowing in your brain and inspire your next text, no matter what genre you’re writing. Feel free to go wild with these and see where your imagination takes you:


Invent your own version of a school of magic.

What would the subjects be? Where would the school be located? Who could go?


Write about the WORST thing that happened this summer.

I bet it wasn’t all sun and rainbows.


What would your best friend be like if he were an animal?

Would they be a fire dragon? An adorable kitten? A doofy dog? Build the character, then build the world around him.


You find out that you have five days left before the end of the world. What’s the first thing you do?

Pour out every detail. (And don’t forget to understand why the world ends.)


Write the worst possible date.

To be so cruel to your characters. (But give them a happy ending if you like!)


Take as many pages as you want to complain about your biggest pet peeve.

This is your chance to let go!


Write a story that begins with the phrase “You can’t win them all”.

What happens next? This first line doesn’t have to stay in the final version, but it will definitely put your reader in the thick of the action.


Describe your favorite thing about fall in as many words as possible.

Sweaters? Are the leaves changing? Pumpkin and spice lattes? Describe the taste, smell, feel.


A priceless painting is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The culprit could only be one person. Tell us who it is and the real story behind why they committed this crime.

There is probably more to the story than it looks.


Write a story about a coffee shop.

Write about the wacky regulars, or the drama secretly brewing between the baristas, or that thing that happened that changed all.


Write a poem about the best meal you have ever eaten.

Bring your readers’ taste buds to life!


What’s your favorite way to spend a Sunday?


Write an episode of “The X-Files” that takes place in your neighborhood.

What kind of weird, mysterious, and otherworldly things are brewing in your own neighborhood?


Write a letter to your favorite character from literature.

I’m sure you have so much to tell them.


Write a story that ends with the phrase “There was nothing to stop it”.

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