If you’ve ever wanted to explore your creative writing talents, you may have tried the usual genres of romance, thriller, or perhaps even comedy. But have you ever considered what it might be like to look a bit closer to home? With Write Down Your Story Day last week and Storytelling Day coming up on Wednesday 20th March, it got us thinking what it would be like to write down our own stories as a form of creative writing.

If you’d like to give this a try, we’ve gathered up 16 creative writing prompts to help you get started and tap into what it might look like to tell your own story.

“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded.”

Natalie Goldberg
  1. Describe your favourite childhood toy and why it was special to you.
  2. Share a story about your best friend growing up.
  3. Write about your favourite childhood vacation or family trip.
  4. Recall your favourite childhood book or movie and its impact on you.
  5. Describe a family member who has influenced your life and why.
  6. Share a story about your family’s cultural background or heritage.
  7. Write about a lesson you learned from a family member.
  8. Describe a significant obstacle you’ve overcome in your life.
  9. Write about a time when you had to make a difficult decision.
  10. Share a moment when you had to stand up for yourself or someone else.
  11. Describe a personal setback and how you recovered from it.
  12. Write about your proudest personal or professional accomplishment.
  13. Share a story about achieving a long-held goal or dream.
  14. Write about a time when you surprised yourself with your abilities.
  15. Share a story about an accomplishment that took significant effort to achieve.
  16. Describe your favourite hobby or pastime and how you discovered it.


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