Are you in the mood to write, but don’t know what to write about? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Check out the following prompts to get your imagination in gear. Check back with us every week for more prompts!
Writing Prompt #1
You’re walking through the woods on a late fall afternoon when you stumble onto a clearing filled with random objects. At first you think it’s just regular junk, but you begin to see that the objects are clearly from a different time—or maybe from a place you never knew existed, an alternate reality. Suddenly, someone right around your age walks into the clearing…
Writing Prompt #2
“The caved-in roof, the crumbling paint, the red door—the house begged me to enter.”
Writing Prompt #3
You’re at school, a party or some sort of gathering. A conflict between two people begins to brew. Naturally, you pull out your phone to live-tweet the interaction. Describe what you see, 280 characters at a time.
Writing Prompt #4
“It turns out they weren’t lying when they called this one magic.”
Writing Prompt #5
“She opened the drawer and then quickly closed it again and ran from the room.”
Even before Frances became a novelist and published such critically-acclaimed books as Dovey Coe, The Secret Language of Girls, Trouble the Water and Shooting the Moon, she earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from U-Mass Amherst and taught writing at a college. For years, she was also the editor and publisher an arts magazine for kids, which was chock full of exercised teaching creative writing for kids, interviews with authors, writing prompts, poetry contests… — you name it!
Frances has continued to work with students — both in the workshop setting and as well as during school and library visits. She has judged student writing contests for publishers such as Scholastic, and had the honor of presenting awards to student winning of state-wide awards.
Frances teaches writing workshops locally and works privately with a group of advanced older students. Now she has decided to post some of the lessons she has developed over the years to help kids learn creative writing.