If you had to move (for a job, for example, or for a partner’s job) but could choose the place, where would you go? Write about what would be similar and different — urban v. rural, big city v. small town, mansion v. condo. Create a scene with yourself and your family living in this new environment.
Write about a former love. What would your life be like now if you were still together? In what ways would it be similar, and in what ways totally different?
Write about the last time you used public transportation. Whether it was your morning commute or a European vacation, be as detailed as possible, noting such things as the weather; the people aboard the train, bus, or ferry; and the passing of time.
With Earth Day coming up on Wednesday, April 22, I wanted to devote today’s writing prompt to Cassie Premo Steele’s new book, Earth Joy Writing.
This is a book not only for writers but for anyone who wishes to reconnect with nature. The readings, meditations, and writing prompts are divided by month and season, and in honor of Earth Day, here’s one from April:
Go outdoors and notice five different things. It could be one bird. One tree. One cloud. One flower. Or one fallen leaf. What five things asked you to pay attention to them?
Start with one image…Write that image down, and then keep writing.
Thanks to Cassie for this week’s prompt! And, for more where this came from, check out Earth Joy Writing!
When was the last time you did something artistic other than writing? Whether it was baking a cake or painting a portrait, write about your last artistic endeavor.
Write about this past winter. Have things in your region been normal — or unusually cold, unseasonably hot, extremely stormy? Write about how the climate has changed over time where you live. (Don’t forget to use all the senses!)
Write for one minute about each of the following: lemon, chalk, waterfall, fork, silver.
Choose one word from the morning’s news and write for five minutes.
Describe the most unusual part of you. Start with the physical and then move on to the psychological/emotional.
Describe your worst roommate. This could be a sibling, a roommate from school, a bunkmate from camp, your spouse.
Write about a fence. Think not only about the physical object itself but what it represents: who’s being fenced in, or kept out?
It’s been too long since I’ve offered Quickies, which of course means you have no excuse not to write this week. “Quickies” are prompts that can be done in five minutes or fewer, though of course you can also take your time and write for as long as you wish. Enjoy!
Write for one minute about each of the following: kale, volcano, ferret, lamp, ocean.
It’s President’s Day, one of those holidays that we don’t often think much about, except perhaps to rejoice if we get a day off work, or to be annoyed if we find the bank or post office closed when we really need them.
But, let’s celebrate it this year with a fun writing prompt. Write about five things you would do/change if you were president of your home country.
By now, you probably are familiar with the community art project Post Secret … and do you know new secrets are still posted each Sunday? They make great writing prompts. Visit the page and bookmark it for a time you need some inspiration.
Next, write about a secret you’ve never told anyone. (Maybe you’ll even want to send it in to Post Secret.)
It’s Groundhog Day … which of course means some little creature will supposedly tell us how many more weeks of winter we must endure. It was also a hilarious 1990s film about a snarky guy who had to relive the same day over and over and over…
Write about a day you wish you could experience all over again.