Writing prompts are known to be a great resource for writers of youth, including children and young adult writers! Think about it; the fact is, sometimes it’s difficult to come up with ideas for a story you want to write. Or maybe you’re looking for some journaling prompts. Either way, there’s no reason to shy away from using writing prompts.
These 50 writing prompts are perfect for getting your creative juices flowing and will help you start a new story, continue an old one with new ideas, overcome writer’s doubt on your children or YA book project, or give you something to journal about at the end of the day.
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Getting Started: Writing Prompts 1-15
1. Write about the day the sun never came up.
2. Write about two characters who are obviously upset about something. But instead of talking about it, they use subtext.
3. Write about a character who goes by an unusual name. Where did this name come from?
4. Write what would happen if your favorite children’s character came to life. What would they do first?
5. Write about the eighth day of the week.
6. If colored candy translated to emotions, what does a purple lollipop mean?
7. Write about an app that predicts the future. Only when your character downloads the app, it malfunctions.
8. What would happen if the chosen one decided to quit one day?
9. Write about a group of friends who are meeting up for a weekend vacation. However one of them has a secret that could ruin the friendship.
10. Write about something that you regret. If you could go back, would you change this thing? Why or why not?
11. What is your favorite memory? Write about it and make sure to use all five senses.
12. What does music mean to you? What are some of your favorite musical genres or songs?
13. Choose a historical event and write about what you might change. How might that change our history as we know it?
14. Do you have any goals? Write about them and how you plan to achieve them.
15. What are you grateful for? Write a list of the things that make you most happy.
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Keep It Going! Writing Prompts 16-30
16. Where is a place you want to visit? Or, what’s a place you never want to visit? Why?
17. Write about someone you love. How would you describe them?
18. Who is someone you admire most? Why do you admire them? What lessons have you learned from them?
19. Write about a character with the power to read minds. Why might they be absolutely terrified of this power?
20. What is your greatest hope for the future? Write about why.
21. What might be something you wish you didn’t know? Write about why.
22. Write about your favorite season, but write from the perspective of someone who hates it.
23. Write about a dream you once had. Describe it to the best of your ability.
24. Write from the perspective of an animal who just got adopted. What was their life like before?
25. Choose a word from a dictionary, then describe it without ever explicitly saying the word.
26. Alternately, do the same for colors!
27. Write about a character who wants to give up. Why don’t they?
28. Write about a risk you once took. What was the result? Do you regret it or would you do it again?
29. Write about how you hope to accomplish your goals. Have you tried in the past? What happened?
30. Write about a time you were faced with a difficult choice. What did you do?
Are You Ready for the Challenge? Writing Prompts 31-50
31. Write about a character who faces a life-changing disappointment.
32. Write a comedy skit in which everyday items such as a toothbrush take on extraordinary importance.
33. Retell one of Grimms’ fairy tales.
34. Randomly pick 26 words that start with each letter of the alphabet, and use them in a poem.
35. Write a screenplay for one of your favorite books that hasn’t been made into a movie.
36. Write a short story in which inanimate objects come to life.
37. Choose a food and write a story about how it was created.
38. Write about a real-life event and imagine that you were there.
39. Write what you wish you would have known before starting high school/college.
40. Make a packing list for a character who is moving to a distant planet.
41. What would happen if everyone suddenly lost the ability to communicate through speech?
42. Write about a character who has been sent from the future to warn the present—but has lost their memory.
43. Retell a story in which the sidekick realizes after the hero defeats the villain that they’ve been on the side of evil this whole time.
44. Write a story where your protagonist goes on a journey to avenge their deceased family. After defeating the villain, the protagonist discovers there is a greater evil.
45. Create characters that would use this dialogue in a conversation. “Right now, I don’t know if I want to kiss you or shove you off this bridge.” “Can I choose?”
46. Retell a Greek mythology or Greek tragedy involving LGBTQ+ characters.
47. Write a story where you kill your main character.
48. Write a poem or story where your past self meets your current self.
49. Write a journal entry to the person you want to talk to the most.
50. Write a poem or short story inspired by your current favorite song.
What did you think? Writing prompts are invaluable for any children’s and young adult book writer trying to come up with a new story, or any writer who needs a little inspiration for a current story they may have.
Maybe these writing prompt ideas lead you to think of a new prompt entirely! Regardless of your approach, I hope you can stuff your writing chest with tons of ideas. Now, go have fun writing!