Fun Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

Writing prompts aren't as scary as they sound. In this article, you can find out how to turn a personal essay of any kind into an entertaining assignment that you'll enjoy writing as much as you enjoy thinking about it.

What Makes Writing Fun?

If you dread the idea of having to do an assignment that involves a personal essay, consider this idea: you have the freedom to decide what to write. With that in mind, why not consider some of these ideas for a paper?

Embarrassing Moments

At some point in our lives, all of us have made complete fools of ourselves. In some cases, these embarrassing moments happened in full view of the public, or they are private moments that are just too hilarious not to share with the world. You can explore the details of each incident: the build-up, how it happened, and the aftermath. Just be sure you're willing to share them, and that the content is appropriate to be graded by a teacher.

Your Story

No doubt, you have had an interesting life so far. Even if it hasn't been filled with trauma, romance or action and adventure, enough has happened to make it a subject for a story. Turn your life story into a narrative, and you will find yourself recalling the smallest of memories that will make published authors jealous of your attention to detail.

Bucket List

We all have something we want to do before we leave this life. It could be a big vacation, a professional goal, or meeting a certain person. Whatever that special topic is, you can make a case for it and turn one wish into an entire paper. Don't hesitate to talk about why it's important to you and how you intend to cross it off your list.

Further Research

If you still are having trouble coming up with a topic, or need some assistance with writing mechanics, take a look at's College English Composition course. This self-guided class contains practical writing tips and strategies, and even includes information on how to design your own writing prompts.

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