Ch 9: Writing Prompts

About This Chapter

Use this chapter as a supplementary resource for writing prompt ideas regarding numerous subjects and disciplines. Each article provided focuses on a different theme to help you easily identify the ideas you need.

Writing Prompts- Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

When teaching students how to write, it is often beneficial to provide prompts. Any sort of writing can be based off a prompt, whether it be a math project, fiction story, poetry or an essay. It can be difficult to develop new and interesting starting points, so this chapter can be used as a guide for creative ideas. These articles feature many categories of writing prompts, including those for:

  • Short stories
  • Informational pieces
  • Descriptive writing
  • Opinion writing
  • Fantasy stories
  • Narratives
  • English as a second language
  • Essays
  • Horror stories

30 Lessons in Chapter 9: Writing Prompts
Free Writing Contests

1. Free Writing Contests

The allure of prizes for your writing can be soured when you find out there is an entry fee in a contest. With this list, the only thing you need to worry about is the quality of your text, so have a look through these free contests to see which ones match your style.

ESL Writing Prompts

2. ESL Writing Prompts

English can be one of the most difficult languages in the world to master. Read this article for some great ideas as you continue to work on your writing in English.

Creative Writing Prompts

3. Creative Writing Prompts

Creative writing prompts can help get your imagination going, sparking new ideas to break a bout of writer's block. Read on to find writing prompts for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting.

Expository Writing Prompts

4. Expository Writing Prompts

Looking for an essay topic is never easy if you aren't inspired by something right away. This article will jump-start your brain with some ideas for expository writing, no matter what your interests are.

Narrative Writing Prompts

5. Narrative Writing Prompts

People tell stories all the time, whether over dinner or on the phone with friends. But when it comes to writing stories down, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. Read on to find prompts that can help you get started writing down your narrative.

Persuasive Writing Prompts

6. Persuasive Writing Prompts

Writing an argumentative piece for your audience might require some outside research but getting your point across will be worth it. Have a look at this article to explore some prompts to write in a persuasive manner.

Opinion Writing Prompts

7. Opinion Writing Prompts

Opinion writing requires precision, clarity, and strong persuasion skills. Keep reading to find prompts to practice your opinion writing, as well as tips and resources to help you improve.

Journal Writing Prompts

8. Journal Writing Prompts

Journal writing is a great practice for beginning and experienced writers alike. Keep reading for journal writing prompts and advice on journaling to get inspired.

Fiction Writing Prompts

9. Fiction Writing Prompts

Writer's block can strike at anytime, but a prompt can often help. Keep reading to find prompts to inspire your fiction, along with tips and tricks for writers, and useful writing resources to advance your knowledge of the craft.

Fun Writing Prompts

10. Fun Writing Prompts

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.

Fantasy Writing Prompts

11. Fantasy Writing Prompts

Fantasy is a broad-ranging genre that can include the magical, the supernatural, the surreal, and more. These stories are often layered and complex. Read on to find fantasy writing prompts and tips as well as online resources to build your creative writing skills.

Poetry Writing Prompts

12. Poetry Writing Prompts

From Shakespeare to the Beat Generation, poetry is a diverse form of creative writing. Keep reading for prompts to spark your creativity and help you craft a unique new poem.

Descriptive Writing Prompts

13. Descriptive Writing Prompts

When writing a descriptive essay, you'll want to zone in on the details you would normally consider minute and unimportant in an effort to engage your reader. The prompts included in this article will steer you in the direction of great descriptive writing.

Short Story Writing Prompts

14. Short Story Writing Prompts

Short stories come in a variety of genres and narrative styles and are generally characterized by their length, running far fewer pages than a novel. For ideas and advice to help you get started writing a short story of your own, keep reading.

Informational Writing Prompts

15. Informational Writing Prompts

Informational writing focuses on works of nonfiction, including biographies, history books, informational signs and menus. Read on to get some ideas on informational writing topics you can use for your next assignment.

Essay Writing Prompts

16. Essay Writing Prompts

Maybe you want to practice writing your college admissions essay, or you're gearing up for the essay portion of a standardized test, like the GRE. Get the wheels turning with our selection of essay prompts, and see resources that can help improve your essay writing skills.

Math Writing Prompts

17. Math Writing Prompts

How much fun are you having in math? Is it enjoyable, or is it quickly becoming one of your least favorite subjects? In this article, we'll show you some ideas that you can use to write about when talking about your math work.

Science Writing Prompts

18. Science Writing Prompts

The many fields of science can make for a wide variety of paper topics. Take a look at some ideas that can be used to kickstart your imagination alongside online materials you can use to research science basics.

Explanatory Writing Prompts

19. Explanatory Writing Prompts

Explanatory writing is all about tackling a subject from a purely informative point of view. Check out the explanatory writing prompts in this article and incorporate them into your study plan. You can also explore a few additional resources to improve your essay writing.

Horror Writing Prompts

20. Horror Writing Prompts

With works from authors like Bram Stoker and Stephen King, horror fiction is one of the most popular literary genres, and horror stories may be the first types of stories that developing writers aim to tell. Check out some prompts to get you started and tips to keep you writing.

Science Fiction Writing Prompts

21. Science Fiction Writing Prompts

From titles like Frankenstein to The War of the Worlds, science fiction is a highly diverse and popular literary fiction genre, which stems out of the broader fantasy genre. Read on for creative prompts and tips to inspire your own science fiction writing.

Speculative Writing Prompts

22. Speculative Writing Prompts

Speculative writing involves a bit of creative guesswork on the part of the author. In this article, you will find some suggestions on how to set up your story and where to take it, and for you teachers out there, these will come in handy for your English and writing classes.

Memoir Writing Prompts

23. Memoir Writing Prompts

A memoir is a personal account of a life experience or a period in your life that shaped you or impacted you in some way. To help you get the creative juices flowing, read on to learn about some possible memoir topics and prompts, discover some tips for writing your memoir, and find links to writing help resources.

Romance Writing Prompts

24. Romance Writing Prompts

Romance fiction is one of the most popular genres in literature, but coming up with ideas for starting your own piece of romantic fiction can be difficult. Read on for romance writing prompts and some resources you can use to enhance your fiction writing.

Mystery Writing Prompts

25. Mystery Writing Prompts

Mystery fiction is crammed with plot twists, secrets, lies, detectives and death. Check out this selection of mystery writing prompts to help inspire your next thriller, and get some tips on building the suspense of whodunit!

Creative Nonfiction Writing Exercises

26. Creative Nonfiction Writing Exercises

Creative nonfiction borrows literary styles and forms to recount actual events and can include biographies and personal essays. Keep reading to find exercises for creative nonfiction writers as well as resources to help writers advance their skills.

Creative Nonfiction Writing Prompts

27. Creative Nonfiction Writing Prompts

Creative non-fiction comes in a number of forms, from biography and literary journalism to memoir and autobiography. Keep reading for creative non-fiction writing prompts, and tips to learn more about writing in the genre.

Creative Writing Exercises for Beginners

28. Creative Writing Exercises for Beginners

Creative writing exercises are a great way to practice and refine writing skills. Read on for some great exercises to help you get started as a creative writer, and for resources to learn more about the craft of writing.

Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

29. Creative Writing Prompts for Adults

Writing prompts can be very useful to writers at all stages of their creative writing careers. Read on to find writing prompts in fiction, non-fiction and poetry designed to inspire adult writers in telling original stories and developing their own unique voice. You'll also find writing tips and resources for writing.

Script Writing Prompts

30. Script Writing Prompts

Script writing is essentially the art of telling a story, primarily through dialogue. Keep reading to find prompts that will spark your imagination and help you create original plotlines.

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