Creative Writing Prompts for High School

These creative writing prompts for high school are designed to get your students to think and write freely, while getting their creative juices flowing. Here are some great opening lines and thought provoking questions to get them started.

Prompt 1: Now that it’s all over, I wish he hadn’t taken that photograph.

Prompt 2:  With only a few coins left in my pocket and a broken heart, I gathered my belongings and reluctantly walked down the stairway.

Prompt 3: It was like a bad dream. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I turned and saw…..

Prompt 4: Hey, understand this. I’m usually not a quitter. But after today I don’t think I’ll ever be able to…

Prompt 5: Ten years from now, you’ll all remember my name, because I will….

Prompt 6: If you are the type of person who believes everything always works out for the best, this is not the story for you.

Prompt 7: As the black pickup truck careened down the hill, I thought of…

Prompt 8: Last night, from my bedroom window, I watched as my neighbor dug a hole in his back yard and buried his… 

Prompt 9: The moment I saw my reflection in the mirror, I …

Prompt 10: The second the elevator doors shut I knew I had made a mistake.

Prompt 11: If we get arrested for this, it will be all your fault. 

Prompt 12I have my mother’s eyes and hair but I have my father’s….

Prompt 13: You are going to think I made this up, but I swear every word of it is true….

Prompt 14: As the storm raged around me, all I could think of was….

Prompt 15: It was only the second week of school, but already I’d…

Prompt 16: I had been clever enough to avoid him all day, but here he was standing

Prompt 17: If it hadn’t been for Jacob, I’d never had been able to….

Prompt 18: For the third time in as many days, I was afraid for my life.

Prompt 19: The moment I saw Melissa, I had to ….

Prompt 20: I’m the only one who knew what had really happened, but I was sworn to secrecy.

Prompt 21: At first I thought the house was deserted until I saw….

Prompt 22: They say nice guys finish last, so it was no surprise when I…

Prompt 23: Me? A Musician? You must have me confused with my brother. In my family, I’m known for being ……

Prompt 24I don’t want a car for my 16th birthday like everyone else does. The only gift I want is ….

Prompt 25: For the life of me, I don’t know why he did it.

Prompt 26: It was raining the day I died.

Prompt 27: There is a saying which states, “When opportunity knocks, a grumbler complains about the noise.” Do you know someone like that; someone who complains no matter what the circumstances? Write an essay about this person and give examples of his/her grumpiness and how it affects you.

Prompt 28If you had to spend one week living in a store of your choice, what type of store would you choose and why? 

Prompt 29Write about what you think the proverb keep your friends close and your enemies closer means. Can you think of an example where you did just that?

Prompt 30Write about the worst nightmare you ever had. It could be either a real life nightmare or one you had while sleeping.

Prompt 31You’d think the principal would have a better sense of humor. After all, it was just a senior prank. All Sam and I did was…..

Prompt 32Do you believe in the saying time heals all wounds? Or do you believe some pain never goes away? Write about something that was once very painful for you, but has dissipated over time. Did the pain go away completely or is there still a sting when you think about what happened?

Prompt 33: Who knew that a high school basketball game could change my life? But this one did….

Prompt 34: If you could change one day in your life where you could fix a mistake you made, what day would that be?

Prompt 35: Write a story about something funny, scary or embarrassing that happened when you were learning to drive.

Prompt 36: Have you ever made a change in your life to improve yourself and stuck to it? What change did you make and are you happy with the outcome?

Prompt 37: Where would you prefer to live? Would you prefer the quiet of the countryside or the hustle and bustle of the city? Do you think you’ll feel the same way 10 years from now? How about 30?

Prompt 38: Has a book ever affected you in such a way that you think it should be required reading? What book was it and why do you feel about it the way that you do?

Prompt 39: Do you believe there is life on other planets? Make an argument for why you do or do not believe that it’s true.