Writing Prompts for Kids & Teens #4

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April 19th, 2011


Pick any place in the country or the world that you would like to visit someday.  Choose a specific spot and describe why you are happy to be there.  Describe what it smells like, what the light is like.  Is it full of people or is there not a soul to found except yourself?  How do you feel being there? 


Pick the last place on earth you would ever want to be and with the same details above, explain why you don’t want to go there.

Now look at everything that you’ve written and turn it into a poem.


Visual Writing Prompt #4

“A Mouthful”


Writing Prompts for Kids & Teens #3

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April 12th, 2011


“Turn the Tables”

Take a day or time in the last month that was really frustrating.  Write down everything that made it especially irritating.  Now look at what you wrote and try to make it funny.  Exaggerate details to create drama.  Example:  “…And then the cat lept across the table, turning the milk jug into the new Niagra Falls…” 

Describe how you felt as everything was happening.  “…as my heart pounded and my face began to turn purple…”   Make your readers feel your frustration right along with you.


Visual Writing Prompt #3

Click on the link to this cool website that’s packed with visual prompts. 

Pick a prompt and put your pen to paper- or your fingers to the keyboard – whichever you choose!

Easy Street Prompts: http://www.easystreetprompts.com/


Musical Writing Prompt #3

“Crystal Village” by Pete Yorn



“Faniculi Fanicula” performed by The Three Tenors


Writing Prompts for Kids & Teens #2

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April 5th, 2011


Find a photo of a trip that you took.  On a piece of paper, write down a list of twenty words that best describe that trip or that picture.  Then, using those twenty words, write a poem of any style, rhyming or non-rhyming.  Try to use as much detail as you can: smells, sounds, colors, sensations, emotions, etc.


Visual Writing Prompt #2

“The Old Days”


Free for all!  Write whatever comes to your head when you see this picture.


 Musical Writing Prompt #2

“Landing in London” by 3 Doors Down featuring Bob Seger



“These Words” by Natasha Bedingfield


Writing Prompts for Kids & Teens

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I’ve moved some things around on the blog a bit.  The “Multi-Media Writing Prompts” page now contains all the previous writing prompts and will be updated frequently with new prompts. 

Here, you will find the basic writing prompts, the visual writing prompts and the audio/musical writing prompts.  My favorites are the musical prompts.

Personally, I can rarely write without listening to some sort of music at the same time.  In fact, once I get an idea, I have to settle down in front of my music files to decide which music to use that will fit the mood of the poem that I’m about to create.  Without the right songs, my piece goes in the wrong direction or dies before going anywhere. 


March 29th, 2011


Write a poem describing what snow is like.  Write it to a friend who has never seen or felt it before.



How does it feel to spend time with your best friend?  Tell me in a rhyming poem.



Tell me about your proudest moment – OR – Tell me about your most frustrating moment.


Visual Writing Prompt #1

“Turtle on the Highway”


 Write a poem of any style, rhyming or non-rhyming about what this turtle might be thinking.


Musical Writing Prompt #1

“Swan Fake” by Deviations Project


OR, if that didn’t inspire you at all, remember that different styles can be the trick.  Try this one:

“Spoonful” by Howlin Wolf