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Prompts

Writer's Club uses prompts that encourage our members to branch out and enjoy writing.  Some are more fun and are meant for laughs, while others are thought-provoking and meaningful.  All prompts are up to the writer's interpretation.  In addition to the Leaders' prompt ideas, members often place submissions into the prompt box (lovingly called "Sir Promptinator"), where they are looked at and more often than not used during a meeting or for a homework prompt.  If the idea is not eventually chosen, it either offends school regulations or uses incorrect formatting.  If the submitter does not include a date, the prompt gets pushed back in the pile.  If the submitter does not include a name, they do not receive credit for their idea.

Some Submitted Prompts

-Write a short story in the POV of your current pet, past pet, or dream pet.  [Denise Johnsen]
-Ten reasons why we're the best club. [Anonymous]
-It didn't end well last time... [Sophia Wang]
-Why can't Writer's Club have nice things? [Anonymous]
-Sense and Sensibility, Bell abuse, and Superglue [Anonymous]
-Do you believe in fate? [Anonymous]
-Write an anonymous letter, sign a pen name (ex. Suzy Sunshine).  The receiver writes a letter back and signs with their pen name. [Kae Bergene]
-Write a short story using the phrase "you look better in red."
-Write one liners and put them on people's windshields. [Alex Shafer]
-Play an instrumental song and write what it influences you to think. [Alex Shafer]
-Hand out a small object to each person (ex. button, thimble).  Write "Thirteen ways of looking at a ____. [Alex Shafer]
-Get a translation of a piece of writing in a foreign language.  Write what you think the translation is.  [Alex Shafer]
-"Jamie's ultimate quest for the whistle!" [Anonymous]
-The ramifications of giving free hugs. [Anonymous]
-Take a bunch of unique words (ex. flibbertigibbet) that most people don't know and have people write about what they think it means.  After everyone reads, tell the real definitions.  [Anonymous]
-Write a story based off of a line in a song. [Anonymous]
-Write and perform a song parody.  [Megan McGrew]
-Write about a dream you've had. [Cameron]
-"Soon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy. ~Dumbledore" [Anonymous]
-A horrible potion mishap. [Anonymous]
-"I may have lost both legs, but at least I have super powers!" [Anonymous]
-How did gum get banned from schools?
-Write about your favorite season from the POV of someone who dislikes that season. [Shay]
-Describe a body of water.  [Shay]
-What would you give up everything and run away for?Write about someone who does.  [Shay]
-How would society treat you if you were married with children in high school? [Anonymous]
-"Fortune favors the bold." [Shay]
-Memories.  [Cam]
-Write about a rainy day. [Shay]
-Write about true love. [Shay]
-You have five minutes to live.  What do you do in your last moments? [Anonymous]
-Choose a song.  Find the basic story and plot points of the song, and flesh out the characters mentioned.  Note the pace; give every 10 seconds of song 100 words of text to explain.  Using the plot, characters, mood, and pacing, turn the song into a short story.  [Anonymous]
-You can go anywhere and anytime in the whole world.  You can remain there for an hour.  [Anonymous]
-Write some reasons why we should vote for a villain of your choice, because they are running for president.  After all, why vote for a lesser evil? [Anonymous]
-A smile can be part and parcel of almost every emotion. (ex. grim smiles of anger; broad smiles of flattery; thin, apologetic smiles through tears.)  Choose a character who is feeling a strong emotion that isn't happiness or joy.  Describe their expressiona and include a smile.  [Anonymous]
-Write about a hiding place.  [Shay]
-Write a prompt for the prompt box.  [Anonymous]
-Write about a crime in 2nd person.  [Shay]
-Write about a person's greatest fear.  [Shay]
-Write about deceit. [Shay]
-Interview your imaginary friend. [Anonymous]
-Write about this prompt.  [Anonymous]
-A world where turtles are the only way of messaging.  What would happen?  [Jeni]
-Write about a power outage.  [Shay]
-A Day in the Cafe of the Intergalactic Cowboys [Sophia Wang]
-What are some snappy comebacks we can use against math club?  [Anonymous]
-You wake up to find that all the food in your house has been replaced with your least favorite food.  [Alex Marihew]
-Write about the origin of Tie Fridays. [Kae]
-You suddenly sprout a moustache.  [Anonymous]
-If there's anything you could say to the past you, what would it be? [Anonymous]
-Letter to your future self.  [Anonymous]
-The ghost from "Ghost of Tom", who was he?  How did he die? [Anonymous]
-POV of a chair of Writer's Club in an alternate universe.  [Anonymous]
-What makes a person fall in love? [Shay]
-Math Club says that numbers are a superior language, but this isn't the case.  Prove that English is superior by writing a story based on math, or math as a plot element.  [Swellish]
-Writer's Club is a family.  Explain the family tree.  How did the mommy and daddies meet?  How are the children like the parents?
-Write about a disasterous picnic.  [Shay]
-Take a fear you have...and make it comical!  Riddikulus!  [Anonymous]
-What would you do if you discovered a world made entirely of food?  [Anonymous]
-Write from the POV of a sock puppet. [Julian Bate]
-Write about raising a small dragon.  [Anonymous]
-What are some of your favorite teacher quotes?  [Emma Lassiter]
-Write about a day in a cat's life.  [Anonymous]
-Write about a holiday that goes horribly wrong.  [Shay]
-No death or depression or horrid things.  Write something happy or something that makes you happy.  Your story must have a happy beginning, middle, and end.  [Anonymous]
-Get a club critique/advice book and write down our comments.  Or make it so we all have our own FF.net style profile to post on different pieces and get others to post via that.  [Shay] {Done! Thanks, Shay. > apexwritersclub.blogspot.com}

Which...

-Which quality best describes your life: exciting, dull, organized, and why?
-Which quality do you dislike most about yourself?
-Which holiday has the most meaning for you?
-Which is least important to you: money, power, fame, and why?
-Which is most important to you: popularity, accomplishments, organization, and why?
-Which place would you most like to visit: Africa, China, Alaska, and why?

What Is ...

-What is something you dislike about yourself?
-What is something you do well?
-What is your idea of a dull evening?
-What is the worst nightmare you can remember?
-What is the meaning of "He laughs best who laughs last."
-What is your favorite song and why?
-What is the best advice you have ever received?
-What is the best way to treat meddlesome people?
-What is your favorite book and why?

What if ...

-What would happen if you could fly whenever you could? 
-What would happen if there was no television?  Would this be good or bad?
-What would happen if everyone lived in space?
-What if cows gave root beer instead of milk?
-What would happen if animals could talk?  What are some questions you'd ask an animal?
-What would happen if everyone wore the same clothes?
-What would happen if everyone loved their neighbor as themselves?
-What would happen if children ruled the world?
-What if everyone lived underwater?  Where would people live and what games would children play?
-What would happen if there were no cars, buses, trains, boats, or planes?  How would this change your life?
-What would you do if you found a magic wand?
-What if you were a mouse inside your house?
-If a friend told you of a secret plan to run away from home, what would you do and why?
-If you could have been someone in history, who would you have been?
-If all your friends were completely honest and were willing to tell you what they like and dislike about you, would you want them to?  What do you think they would say?
-If you had a choice of physically and sexually maturing a full year before your friends, would you?
-If you were principal of this school, what would you change?
-If you were five years older you would...
-If you owned a store, what would you do to discourage people from stealing?
-If I could break the Guinness Book of Records it would be for...
-If you could describe yourself as a color, which would you choose?
-If you woke up tomorrow, by magic were an adult, and had kids, how would you treat them differently from how your parents treat you?

How ..

-How do you feel on your birthday?
-How do you feel on the first day of winter?
-How do you feel when you do something good?
-How do you feel when you have a fight with a close friend?
-How would you torture someone?
-How do you feel when you are in bed with the lights out?
-How do you feel when you want something very badly but cannot have it?
-How do you feel when you sleep at someone's house?
-How do you feel when your friend tells you that you are their best friend?
-How do you feel about your appearance?
-How do you think eating junk food affects you?
-How do you play your favorite game?
-How would you describe your house to someone who has never visited you before?

Misc ...

-Does it bother you to be around badly mannered people?
-Should animals be used for medical research?
-Families are important because...
-Write something without using adjectives.
-Write something of a genre you're not comfortable with.
-Who or what has been a strong influence in your life?
-Should you be required to wear a helmet?
-Should you have to take tests in school?
-Should cell phones be allowed in schools?
-Can television or video games influence your behavior?  How?
-Should high-schools be year-round?
-God versus evil.  Does it truly exist?  What are the gray areas?
-Do good people do bad things?
-Is the glass half-full or half-empty?
-What is your love language? (words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, touch)
-Should students be required to learn a second language?
-Write a short story that is twenty-six sentences long, each sentence beginning with the next letter of the alphabet.
-Write a brief movie review on a movie you have recently watched.
-Write down the word "remember" five times.  This is a trigger word that can help you when you have nothing to write about.
-Where would you prefer to be right now: mountains, desert, beach, and why?
-Where do you think our field trip should be?
-Bring in a sample of your personal writing.
-Write a poem portraying negative feelings. Write a poem portraying positive feelings.
-Do boys or girls have it easier?
-Where is the best place to hide in your house?  Why?
-Would you want an identical twin?  Make a plus/delta.

I Wish ...

-I wish I had a million... Then I would...
-I wish I had one...because...
-I wish to be a ___ when I grow up.  Then I will...
-I wish there was a law for...
-I wish I could forget...because...
-I wish I could learn...because...
-I wish I never...
-I wish I looked like...because...
-I wish I had one more chance to... Then I would...
-I wish everyone loved...
-I wish all children would...
-I wish I didn't have to...
-I wish I could touch...
-I wish there were no more...
-I wish I could hear...
-I wish I could give...
-I wish animals could...because...
-If all my wishes came true, I would...
-I wish I could see...
-I wish I didn't have to eat...
-I wish I could be like...

When ...

-When you are angry, how do you look?
-When are you happiest?
-When do you feel lonely?
-When do you feel proud?
-When might it be bad to be honest?
-Once, when you were embarrassed, what happened?

Why ...

-Why is it important to be honest?
-Why is it important to have good manners?
-Why do you think adults smoke/drink? Why do some people encourage this?
-Why is exercise important?
-Why do you like your favorite toy best?
-Why do you think prejudice exists?
-Why have men and women usually only done certain types of work?
-Why do you think some people take advantage of others?

What ...

-What do you like most about yourself?
-What do you do in your free time?
-What kind of animal would you like to be?  Why?
-What does "Clothes make the person" mean to you?
-What does "Have your cake and eat it too" mean to you?
-What does "The early bird gets the worm" mean to you?
-What does "You can't take it with you" mean to you?
-What does "The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence"?
-What does "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" mean?
-What does "There are two sides to every coin" mean to you?
-What does "Still waters run deep" mean to you?
-What does "Hitch your wagon to a star" mean?
-What does Canada mean to you?
-What are you afraid of?
-What makes you feel safe?
-What makes you laugh?
-What kind of pet would you rather have: snake, monkey, goat, and why?
-What effects does watching violence have on people?
-What advice would you give a new student?
-What has been the most enjoyable activity in club/school so far?
-What talent are you really proud of?
-What do you think about when you fall asleep?
-What parts of nature do you dislike?
-What color makes you think of happiness?
-What do you do for exercise?
-What is the most ludicrous outfit you can think of?
-What is something that makes you melancholy?

What do you think ...

-What do you think someone your age can do to help reduce the amount of pollution in our environment?
-What do you think the world needs now?
-What do you think about having a set of rules to follow?
-What do you think about ghosts?
-What do you think faith means?  Is religion the same thing?
-What do you think about when you can't sleep?
-What do you think courage means?
-What do you think makes a good friend?
-What things do you think are beautiful?
-What do you think the world will be like when you are an adult?
-What do you think should be done to keep people who are under the influence of alcohol off the road?

Write from the Point of View of...

-A dog
-An old beggar woman
-A business man, late for a meeting
-A singer who assumes he/she is talented
-An artist trying to prove a point

Write about...

-"A bucket of distaste."
-"A rope about to snap."
-"Downfall of love."
-Some suicides are never recorded.
-"And you thought dragons didn't exist..."
-"How to survive high school."
-A Valentine's Day letter that was never received.
-Elvis clones are taking over the world.
-Ten rules are meant to be broken.
-An adoption agency is selling shaved apes as babies.
-"You may not realize this, but..."
-You are the last person in the world...and you hear a knock at the door.
-Parents help their son make up with his girlfriend.
-A factory worker has just been fired and discovers a locket near his flat.
-A popular burger place is going out of business because of him/her.
-A desperate evangelist receives an important note.-A man teaches cockroaches to dance.
-An athlete, an artist, and a fitness instructor in a museum- add a broken window and a crooked painting.
-A character losing the most valuable item she owns.
-A magical talisman that allows its keeper to read minds.  It falls into the hands of a young politician...
-"She was drifting off to sleep when she heard a knock at the door..."
-A young man attempts to pull a robbery off an older man.  Things go drastically wrong.
-"He turned the key in the lock and opened the door.  To his horror, he saw..."
-You walk into your house and it's completely different- furniture, decor, all changed.  No one is home.
-"The most beautiful smile I ever saw..."
-Self-esteem
-"There are three children sitting on a log near a stream.  One of them looks up at the sky and says..."
-"The detective saw his opportunity.  He grabbed the waitress' arm and..."
-Your first name and how you got it.  Would you rather have a different name? Why?
-A presence in your house (ex. person, secret, pet, illness, furniture).
-The room of one of the following: a high-school student about to drop out, a cashier who just won the lottery, a faded movie star who still thinks she/he is famous, a paranoid person, etc.
-A ninja in training is out for revenge.
-Imagine two vast armies separated by a plain.  Mythical creatures and technology scatter the field.  Between these armies stand two siblings.  They stretch out their arms, reaching toward the opposing armies, willing them to stop...
-A person finds a diamond necklace on his school bus seat.  What secret does the necklace hold?  (feel free to twist things)
-Someone you dislike turning into an animal.

Quotes...

-"I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward."
-"'It's impossible,' said Pride.  'It's risky,' said Experience.  'It's pointless,' said Reason.  'Give it a try,' whispered the Heart.
-"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light."
-"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest comploment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-"The truth.  It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and therefore must be treated with great caution."
-"It's funny how day by day, nothing changes.  But when you look back, everything is different."
-"Humans have a knack for choosing precisely those things that are worst for them."

Use the Following ...

-Use the following words in a story: hypocrite, cookie jar, city, telephone.
-Use the following words in a story: burglar, envelope, forest, desk lamp, pizza.
-Use the following word in a story: trees.
-Use the following words in a story: fan-girl, carrots, desk, pencil sharpener.
-Use the following words in a story: priest, ring, garden, magnifying glass
-Use following words in a story: college student, crumpled letter, laptop, train
-Use following words in a story: preacher, comb, stairwell, mug, fan
-Use the following words in a story: war, fear, hate, cruelty
-Use the following words in a story: spill, ceiling fan, math homework, white
-Use the following words in a story: hard drive, stapler, phone, car, billboard
-Use the following words in a story: dogs, bills, beach, pie
-Use the following phrases in a story: inch of scorn, cradle of beliefs