Do It Yourself Writing Prompts

Use any of the phrases or prompts listed below to get you started writing. Free write for 2 or 3
minutes at least to see where you are going with it. You are welcome to continue, pick a sentence
or phrase out of your free writing to write about, or to pick a new prompt.


You may start with a prompt and then shoot off into some new idea. That is great! You may find
you want to add something to the prompt or delete something. That is great, too! The point is to
get caught up in writing and whisked away from the rest of your life for a few minutes. If you get
a whole idea written down – fabulous. If you get notes for a story or poem – fantastic. If you
forget what you were worrying about – best of all.

If you would like to set up a time to work with a writing mentor after you’ve written to a few prompts, click here to make the arrangements. It’s free.

A banner day would be for me to be…

At night, these are the things that keep me awake…

What I need at night to sleep are… 

Thanks to COVID 19, I will never …

Thanks to COVID 19, I will always… 

COVID makes me feel…

When I finish my shift…

Things that I can/ cannot control…

I am old and I am new…

I wish I knew…

Things I’d like to understand…

Things I like to change…

A good day/A bad day was when…

If I were a bird…

Courage is…

If my life was a carnival ride…

The nicest thing anyone has ever done for you…

What do you love most about yourself?

Twenty things you are grateful for…

A famous person you would like to meet…

The feeling of getting lost in a book…

How to know if you’re in love…

A place you’ve never been before…

A place you know like the palm of your hand…

The trees are telling me…

Longer Writing Prompts

Write about a trip from the perspective of a motorcycle.

Write a letter to COVID 19 telling it about your anxiety, your depression, your fear, or your anger. Tell it how you feel.

Write about a traumatic experience in your life and what you learned from it. Write about how this traumatic experience made you feel, both emotionally and physically. Describe some of the major stressors in your life right now, and if they’ve changed since the traumatic event. Explore how your traumatic experience has impacted your relationships with others. Explore positive ways to apply what you’ve learned from your trauma to help other people.  (taken from https://www.avalonmalibu.com/blog/these-writing-therapyexercises-could-help-if-you-have-ptsd/)

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