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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Writing Prompts with Polka Dots

polka dot tea party by Shandi-lee
polka dot tea party, a photo by Shandi-lee on Flickr.

Today's writing prompts start with the image of "polka dots." For one minute, free-write what images come to mind when you think of "polka dots."

After the time is up, pick one or more images from your list to write a story, poem, personal essay, etc.

OR you can write a story based on the character in today's picture. Why is she wearing the red polka dot dress today? What is she waiting for? Who will she see?

Bonus Prompt:

Reflect on this quote and write a short sketch of a character, showing HOW this character travels in the manner of happines.

"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling. " -Margaret Lee Runbeck

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Writing Prompts About Keys

Keys by Svadilfari
Keys, a photo by Svadilfari on Flickr.

Today, we will kick-off our writing prompts with a phrase,

"I want a key to. . . "

Please write for 5 minutew without stopping.

After that, your assignment will be to turn your free-write into a poem of 10 lines or less.


Fiction Writing Prompt:

Write the first page story that has the word key as the first line. Here are some example lines you can use or you can make up your own:

1. She never dreamed that she would find the key to. . .
2. Jake was quite sure that the key he stole would open the door to that house on the hill they said was haunted. . .
3. She always dreamed of keys. . .

After you get your first page, you can certainly continue if you'd like.

Essay Prompt:

Write an essay of 500 words or less about keys or write about something prompted by a specific key from your life.