Argue for or against: Private
schools are better in most ways than public schools.
Why do men wear ties? Come
up with 10 or 20 imaginative reasons for this odd sartorial behavior.
Put them together in a essay.
If you had to bet everything
you have on whether there is a God or whether there isn't, which
side would get your money and why?
In the 1960s Pete Townsend
sang about his generation: "People try to put us down just
because we get around." Write about your generation. What
do people say about you? What do you say about yourselves?
Trace the history of someone
found alone and injured at the side of the road.
Write a treatment for a TV
pilot or a movie. This should include a paragraph each on the
setting, the regular characters, and the direction of the plot.
Write about chocolate, reunions,
Write about sneezing. How
is it done? How should it be done? When and where? Do you have
any recipes for the production or prevention of sneezes?
Write about someone who is
just a number.
Tell a story that shows how
you learned the difference between love and infatuation.
"A man's home is his
castle." Criticize this idea.
Write about someone who wears
Describe going home, sticking
together, blocking the view, biting the dust, or flying off the
If your pen had thunder and
lightning in it, what would it say? What could you do with it?
Who do you love most in the
world? Describe that person in great detail. Tell a story about
Write about your last, best,
or worst ride on a rollercoaster.
Write a poem about how machines
are becoming more human and humans more mechanical. Or write
about humans from a machine's point of view.
Write a poem in which you
pay total attention to someone's black or blond hair, the color
green, a flower, or early evening light.
Write a stage setting for
What are the benefits and
dangers of daydreaming?
Dreams can enlighten the present
or point to the future. Have you had a dream which did either?
"Right now someone you
love is out in the cold." This is from an old Van Halen
video. Create a list of as many "right now" statements
as you can. Make them specific, wise, crazy, serious, or goofy.
Will they become a poem?
How could writing be like
performing an intricate guitar solo?
Why do teenagers love to dance
and fear to dance?
What name would you give to
a rock group you have created? Why? What kind of rock would they
play? Where would they play it?
Do you have a visible scar?
Tell the story, fictional or factual.
Pick two people from literature,
history, or the current news and bring them together in a place
you know well. Write this as a story or as the dialogue in a
Write a story that begins
with a student asking a teacher a question...and the teacher
gives a surprising (shocking?) answer.
What might historians 500
years from now conclude about us from our clothing?
Sometimes it's difficult to
relate to family members, to say what we mean. Write a letter
to a family member and tell him or her the things you've always
really wanted to say for some time.
Where does the light go when
the switch is turned off? Be creative.
When was the last time you
Write about something first
as a great adventure and then as a horrifying nightmare.
Mohammed (570-632) said, "The
ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr."
Discuss, argue with, or defend this or its opposite.
Write an imaginary Dear Abby
letter - and a reply to that letter.
Write an amazing story that
could be illustrated as a children's book. Imagine the pictures
in this book even if you can't actually draw them.
Write about the most unusual
old person that you know. Would you like to be like this person
when you are her/his age?
Tell about what triggers anger
in you or someone else.
Write about the virtues of
distrust. In what ways is distrust a positive attitude. Tell
your story of distrusting and how it paid off.
What is the history behind
your name? How do you feel about it? Did you ever use an alternate
name? Do you have a secret, powerful mane that no one else knows?
There are many "firsts"
connected with infancy: first haircut, first tooth, first steps,
first pair of shoes, etc. What "firsts" from your own
life do you remember? What "firsts" occured today?
Create you own mad, impossible
invention complete with illustrations and detailed instructions
on its operation.
You've been given the power
to speak animal language. Which animal would you speak with?
What would you ask? How would you be answered?
Lying. Why do people lie?
Why do people make excuses? Write about your own experience with
If you weren't so busy watching
yourself, what would you do?
Write about a game or the
games you used to play as a child.
Write about the smallest town
you have ever visited or lived in.
How is life like (not like)
a football (basketball, soccer) game?
What about joining? Should
people do it? Have you done it? What are its bad points? How
could it hurt someone? What are its good points?
What is the best movie you
have ever seen? Why did you like it? Did it change you in any
way? What way?
Is it possible to be a teenager
and a nonconformist at the same time?
Do the lyrics of rock and
roll love songs speak and reveal the truth of relationships,
or do they hide the truth, covering it up with (mostly) male
fantasies and romantic cliches?
How do plants connect
you to people and place? Is it the tree in your
yard that you moved from your birthplace? The cactus you nurture
that your great-grandmother once cared for? Or is it that special
tree in your neighborhood or the forest near your home that always
reminds you who and where you are?
What happens to you when you
Write a description of the
person sitting next to you, but don't tell him or her you're
doing it until you're done. Then show it to him/her.
Discuss the animals that nobody
loves. Why are some animals more "lovable" than others?
Write about two children and
the stars - or about one child and the ocean.
Do you agree or disagree with
George Farquhar when he says, "There are secrets in all
families"? Are family secrets necessary? Do families hide
more than they should from the rest of the world? Use these questions
as the starting point for a piece of fiction or a poem.
Have you ever had a psychic
experience or seen a UFO?
What experience have you had
with gang stuff? Do you think gangs are really as big a problem
as people say they are?
Write a story for a child
which could be titled "A Dog's Devotion", and/or write
a story for a teenager which could be titled "A Dog's Devotion".
Write about a hoax, a place
of honor, or a sudden change.
Write about your neighborhood
at a specific time of day.
React to this statement: A
man can't know what it's like to be a mother. Write a story that
illustrates your reaction.
Have you ever had a teacher
who thought that students were important? How could you tell?
Tell a story that illustrates this quality in a teacher.