Creative Writing Exercises for Middle School

Instructor: Nicky Davis
Creative writing exercises are a fun and interesting way to improve your writing skill. Keep reading to find exercises for middle school students that will inspire poetry, plays and short stories.

Out of a Hat

Write down different styles of creative writing, like poetry, playwriting, memoir and fiction. Scramble them up and pick one. Then, write down different genres, such as, romance, adventure, mystery, horror, or comedy. Finally, write down a variety of evocative nouns, such as, dinosaur, cactus, drive-in, librarian, pool table, etc. Choose a style and a couple of nouns at random, and create a piece of writing in that style and genre that somehow incorporates those nouns.

Color Inspiration

Choose a color, and let it be the guiding theme for your story, poem or scene. Think about the emotions, objects and settings that are associated with that color. Let the color run throughout your story in obvious and subtle ways.

Musical Interlude

Choose a song, or series of songs, without lyrics. Let the rhythm of the music be the inspiration for the form and content of your story. How do the different instruments become different characters or objects in your piece? How do breaks or pauses in the song impact the plot, or structure of your writing?

Picture It

Find an image in a magazine or an interesting postcard. Use the picture to inspire a piece of writing. How does the image resonate with you? What does it remind you of? If you're feeling particularly ambitious, find a series of unrelated images, and try writing the story that connects them.

Walk on the Creative Side

Take a walk around your neighborhood, and make note of interesting things you sense around you. What does the air smell like? What kinds of plants do you see? Who else is out walking around? Use the things you see to inspire your next piece of creative writing.

Writing Resources

For more help with your writing, check out these resources for middle school writers that can guide you toward improving your own skills and learning more about the creative works you read. With the help of each chapter's articles, video lessons and quizzes, you may very soon be writing your own masterpiece!

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