So, you’re halfway through the summer break, you’ve made good headway into your summer reading list for high school, and you’re itching to write but you don’t know where to start. You’ve always been creative, but you know that when school starts in a few weeks, your afternoons will be filled with required reading, exhausting math homework, persuasive essays, perhaps jobs, and all sorts of extra-curricular activities. Now is the perfect time to get some writing done. Check out these fun, inspiring creative writing prompts for high school students.
As a professional writer (see my books here), I can tell you from experience that the more you write, the easier it gets. Writing is just like any other useful activity: when you make a habit of it, it begins to come more naturally. The summer–when you’re free from most of the pressures of school–is the best time to begin the habit. Choose your spot for writing–whether it’s a favorite chair, the couch, the bed, the park, or a coffee shop you love–and create a habit of writing in that spot.
When I was in high school, I would spend hours in my room, journaling or reading or writing poems and stories. It wasn’t until my senior year at Murphy High in Mobile, Alabama that I took a creative writing class. The world opened up to me then. I found what I was meant to do.
I find the best way to get unstuck when you can’t think of what to write is to use a quick writing prompt. So I’ve created a series of 500-word writing prompts to help you get started. The key here is that you don’t need to write very long, really, to end up with 500 words. These writing prompts are fun, and they’re designed to help you be creative and to let your writing go places you never thought of.
Want to get really inspired? Check out this great writing workbook: Story Starters. You can download the workbook right to your phone, iPad, or laptop. Perfect for Kindle, too.