As a writer I know that deep down each of us has stories worth telling. The writing prompts offered here will help you find your own special voice. Read them, let your mind wander freely and listen carefully to the voice within. Then begin writing. Don’t be afraid. Just write what you want to say. Amaze yourself!...
Turn the pages of a magazine or newspaper to find an illustration which captures your interest. Look carefully at this picture and try to imagine or make up a story about what is going on. For example, who are the people in the picture? What is going on in their lives? Imagine you knew them and could tell about their lives, about their problems, their loves, their hates, their hopes and dreams. What are the lives of the people in the photograph like? Are the people happy, sad, angry or what? Make up a story.
You can also try to imagine that you are one of the people in the picture? What is going on in your mind? What do you feel?
If you like you can write about this person in the first person narrative. By that I mean you can use the word ‘’I’’ , such as:
I am —-
I feel —-
I want —-
I am going to tell you the story of my life —
My name is —-
Don’t be afraid of trying to become someone in the picture you are examining. That is why your imagination is so wonderful. It can take you to new places where you have never been before. By trying to put yourself in the shoes or lives of another person, you will grow and develop a broader picture of humanity.
Or, if you prefer, instead, you can also write a description or story about something or someone you saw on the streets, or on the subway or in class or at a party. Use your imagination to describe what is going on.
Or, perhaps you choose an illustration of a place or scene that you find interesting. What would it be like to step into that scene?
There is a haunting segment in Masaski Kobayashi’s movie, ”Kwaidan,” in which the face of one of the actors is painted to keep evil spirits at bay.
What are the words you would have painted on your face to keep away the evil spirits?
Let’s say you have the ability to learn anything you want to learn. What new thing would you like to learn that has been a dream of yours for a long time?