The steps I took to achieve ___________________
How I start a _________________ project
A reality check for ____________________
The way we think about ________________ is broken
The story behind ______________________
How to get more from __________________________


Tell the other side of the story.
Imagine what the life of a person you know was like before you met them.
Begin a creative non-fiction piece with a scene of movement, creating rhythm with your prose.
Make the familiar unfamiliar.
Do something you’ve never done before. Write about the experience.
Find a piece of music that reminds you of a time and place from your past.
Recall a memorable (delightful, brilliant, cruel) teacher from your school days.
“The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to only one-eighth of it being above water.” – Ernest Hemingway


Everyone else was laughing.
On the other side of that door
Late again
What I’ve always wanted
A sound I’d never heard before
What if…
The last time I saw him
At that moment I should have left.
Just a brief encounter
I knew how it felt to be an outsider.
Hidden away in the back of a drawer
What I should have said
Waking up in a strange room
There were signs of trouble.
Keeping a secret
All I have left is this photo.
It wasn’t really stealing.
A place I pass by every day
Nobody can explain what happened next.
Staring at my reflection
I should have lied.
Then the lights went out.
Some might say it’s a weakness.
Not again!
Where I’d go to hide out from everyone
But that’s not my real name.
Her side of the story
Nobody believed us.
It was time to change schools again.
We climbed to the top.
The one thing I’ll never forget
Follow these rules, and we’ll get along fine.
It may not be worth anything.
Never again
On the other side of the street
My father used to tell me
When nobody was looking
If I could do it over again
Of course it was illegal.
It wasn’t my idea.
Everyone was staring at me.
It was a stupid thing to say.
Hiding under my bed
If I tell you the truth
My secret collection
Footsteps in the dark
The first cut is the deepest.
Trouble, big trouble
Laughing uncontrollably
It was just a game to them.


If you were in a circus, which performer would you be and why?
Do you like circuses? Explain your answer.
Do you think circuses should feature animals? Why or why not?
Write a letter to your 12-year-old self.
Describe how you think your great-great-great grandparents met.
You come across the last book on earth.
Write about a time you were lost.
You meet an alien. Describe the interaction.
Write about your life if you went to Hogwarts.
The apocalypse is here! How do you survive?
Write about a time you were overwhelmed with emotion.
You live in the world of the movie “A Quiet Place.” Describe your daily routine.
Write about the life of a struggling artist.
Write about the person you admire most.
You find out your “parents” are actually robots. What now?
Write a child-friendly version of a part of history.
Describe the last time you came to a sudden realization.
Turn the last song you listened to into a story.
Write about your earliest memory.
You suddenly have the power to visit others’ dreams. Who do you see first?
Write about what happens when the villain of a story falls in love with the hero.
You find out that your best friend is actually a werewolf.
Describe a day in the life of your pet.
Write about a couple reminiscing on their “love-at-first-sight” moment.
You are now a superhero. Describe your reaction.
Write about the life of a modern witch.
Write about something you feel motivated about.
At birth, you are given a glowing necklace. Each person has one soulmate with the matching piece.
If you were forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
You send a confidential text to the wrong person.
A couple that moves into a haunted house.
You wake up with amnesia, only carrying a lighter and a book titled “Witchcraft for Dummies.” What do you do next?
You find a copy of your family tree. A name has been blacked out.

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