Free Writing Topics #1 Directions

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Free Writing Topics #1


Choose one of the three topics below and write about it for 15 minutes.

  1. Electricity is a recent discovery. Think of 12 things to do when there is no electric power.

  1. Write about one of the most difficult decisions you’ve made in your life

  1. If you could invent something to help mankind, what would it be?

Free Writing Topics #2

  1. Where do you go when you want to get away from the pressures of life, family, work, etc? Write about that place.

  1. Begin a story with “I wish someone had told me….”

  1. What happens when two friends visit an old house that one of them inherited from a distant relative? In the house there is a 100 year old mirror that has never been broken.(Make up a story).

Free Writing Topics #3

  1. Write a story about “a secretary who has a weird way of classifying files”.

  1. Start your story with this: “She touched the little box in her pocket and smiled”.

  1. Write for 10 minutes using as your starter “I used to think...”

Free Writing Topics #4

  1. Begin a story with “A funny thing happened on my way to…”

  1. You wake up, go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. A different face stares back at you. Begin your story here.

  1. Use this line anywhere in your story: “Behind her, the noise escalated.”

Free Writing Topics #5

  1. How are you different? Imagine you are in a room with 50 random strangers. List 5 ways that you are probably different from every stranger in that room, then write a piece (poetry or paragraph) that celebrates those differences)

  1. Write a story about a father looking for his son. The child was one of the passengers in a plane that crashed earlier that day

  1. Begin a story with “There was one chance that I didn’t take…”

Free Writing Topics #6

  1. Recall an uplifting experience and write about it.

  1. Flesh out this character: Julie, 53, is an extrovert, but she gets easily depressed.

  1. Write a story about someone who gets trapped in a bathroom on Valentines Day.

Free Writing Topics #7

  1. Write a mini-story (100-150 words) that begins “They had nothing to say to each other”.

  1. Create a story based on this plot: gets trapped in a bathroom on Valentine’s Day.

  1. Describe 30 minutes in the renewal of a friendship

Free Writing Topics #8

  1. Write a letter to yourself when you were 10 years old.

  1. Write about a task, a job, or a chore you dislike

  1. Write a story around this line: “Silence is a great healer.”

Free Writing Topics #9

  1. List 5 simple pleasures. Write about each one.

  1. Describe in concrete terms how “curiosity suffers”.

  1. Write from the point of view of a coffee maker that short-circuited.

Free Writing Topics #10
1. Take two people who dislike each other and put them in a taxi together.

What happens?

2. Write about a good thing gone bad.

  1. Make a list using this prompt: The ten worse things that could happen on your way to school (or work).

Free Writing Topics #11

1.Begin with “Today I will…” and write for 15 minutes.
2. Write about something that bothered you this week.
3. Begin a story with “The hallway was silent.”

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