Five Surefire Summertime Creative Writing Prompts:
No more pencils, no more books, no more lectures on dead crooks!
Now that summer is here, you’ll have more time to devote to your favorite creative writing projects. Maybe poetry has your heart these days, perhaps you have a sizzling screenplay just waiting to burst out. Whatever your jam, setting aside time for creative writing is a bone fide way to improve your week. Check out these Five Surefire Creative Writing Prompts for an adventurous summer.
Tips for getting started:
- Jump in! Don’t think too much, follow your impulses.
- Edit later. Get the story on paper, save editing for another session.
1) Say It Without Saying It 🤐
For the first prompt you are required to explain an emotion without saying the actual word. We’ll allow you to choose the feeling to describe, but we suggest starting with something direct like mad or frustrated. There are a million ways to say something, find an inventive one to explain your current sentiment.
2) Alternate POV 👥
Have you ever wondered what characters in a story were thinking while the protagonist blathers on with exposition? Tell us about it! Find a scene from a film or book and re-write it from another characters point of view. Example: What if Alice in Wonderland was told from the perspective of the Queen of Hearts? Write the ‘Off with her head!’ scene from the POV of the Queen and try to make her sympathetic to us.
3) Write About a Rainstorm ⛈️
Few things have the thrill and tenacity of a summer thunderstorm. Capture the awesome power of nature in a story that takes place during a rainstorm. Allow your senses to envelope all aspects of what comes with weather. What sounds do you hear? What does the rain smell like? Are you inside or outside? Are the windows open? Are you waiting for someone? Tell us about a storm you survived, or one you are worried about living through.4) Write a Poem 📜
If the thought of writing an entire page is exhausting to you, try an exercise with a smaller requirement: write a haiku. Focusing on nature, and long revered for their simple power, haikus are a great exercise to keep the mind and pen sharp. Remember, a haiku is a three-line poem, five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, five in the final line. Here's an example:</p> <ul> <li>Silky Smooth Paper</li> <li>Bright Colors & Hard Covers</li> <li>Must Be Noteworthy</li> </ul> <
5) The Ghost Story👻
Campfire stories go hand in hand with summertime and you can add one to the list. Get your fright on by writing a spooky story using the old standby. “It was a dark and stormy night...”</p> <p>Or, “The cabin in the woods used to be our safe place, now we can never go back there.”</p>
There is no wrong answer when it comes to keeping your writing muscles in shape. Try one of these suggestions and let us know how it turns out. Better yet, send us an email with your creative writing and we'll re-share the best ones and enter you into a drawing (best story wins a Noteworthy prize!).
Whatever you do, have a noteworthy summer!