Creative Writing Prompts for High School

Here are some fun high school creative writing prompts designed to get your students thinking and writing freely, while getting their creative juices flowing. Includes great story starters and opening lines with thought provoking questions to get them started. 

Prompt 1: Me? A musician? You must have me confused with my brother. In my family, I’m known for being…

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: Of the seven dwarfs from Disney’s Snow White, which one do you identify with most?

Prompt 4: It was like a bad dream. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I turned and saw…..

Prompt 5: Hey, understand this. I’m usually not a quitter. However, after today I don’t think I’ll ever be able to…

Prompt 6: Write an essay about three things you wished you knew how to do.

Prompt 7: Ten years from now, you’ll all remember my name, because I will….

Prompt 8: Who was your favorite teacher in elementary school? What did he or she do that was so special?

Prompt 9: If you are the type of person who believes everything always works out for the best, this is not the story for you…

Prompt 10: As the black pickup truck careened down the hill, I thought of…

Prompt 11: Write an essay about how you learned an important life lesson from a popular TV show.

Prompt 12: Last night, from my bedroom window, I watched as my neighbor dug a hole in his back yard and buried his… 

Prompt 13: A soon as I saw my reflection in the mirror, I…

Prompt 14: Some people love trying weird foods such as chicken feet (in Asia) or brains of animals (in Italy, France, Mexico). Are you brave enough or curious enough to try strange cuisines? Why would you try something unique or why wouldn’t you?

Prompt 15: The second the elevator doors shut I knew I had made a mistake.     high school writing prompts

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Prompt 16: If we get arrested for this, it will be all your fault. 

Prompt 17: I have my mother’s eyes and hair but I have my father’s….

Prompt 18: Share your dreams about traveling someday: where, when, how, why and with whom?

Prompt 19: You are going to think I made this up, but I swear every word of it is true….

Prompt 20: Pick three words that describe you from this list: accident-prone, sensitive, artistic, athletic, happy, amazing, curious, out-spoken, quiet, sad, talented, good-hearted, sweet, creative, intelligent, friendly, shy. Write an essay showing an example of those traits that you have.

Prompt 21: As the storm raged around me, all I could think of was….

Prompt 22: Write about a patriotic event that interest you locally or throughout the country and how people can participate.

Prompt 23: It was only the second week of school, but already I’d…

Prompt 24: Would you rather be a famous athlete, musician, movie star, singer or author? Why did you choose the one you chose?

Prompt 25: I had been clever enough to avoid him all day, but here he was standing

Prompt 26: If it hadn’t been for Jacob, I’d never had been able to….

Prompt 27: What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to wait for? Write a story about!

Prompt 28: For the third time in as many days, I was afraid for my life.

Prompt 29: The moment I saw Melissa, I had to….

Prompt 30: I’m the only one who knew what had really happened, but I was sworn to secrecy.

Prompt 31: 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 32: At first I thought the house was deserted until I saw….

Prompt 33: They say nice guys finish last, so it was no surprise when I…

Prompt 34: Now that it’s all over, I wish he hadn’t taken that photograph.

Prompt 35: I don’t want a car for my 16th birthday like everyone else does. Instead, the only gift I want is….


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Prompt 36: For the life of me, I don’t know why he did it.

Prompt 37: It was raining the day I died.

Prompt 38: If you had to spend one week living in a store of your choice, what type of store would you choose and why? 

Prompt 39: Write about what you think the proverb keep your friends close and your enemies closer means. For example, can you think of a circumstance or situation where you did just that?

Prompt 40: Write a story about the worst nightmare you ever had. It could be either a real life nightmare or one you had while sleeping.

Prompt 41: Pretend you’ve landed in a foreign country where you don’t know anyone, don’t speak the language and only have $100 in your pocket. What would you do to survive?

Prompt 42: You’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 43: Do you believe in the saying time heals all wounds? Or do you think 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 44: Who knew that a high school basketball game could change my life? But this one did….

Prompt 45: If you could change one day in your life where you could fix a mistake you made, what day would that be?

Prompt 46: Write a story about something funny, scary or embarrassing that happened when you were learning to drive.

Prompt 47: 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 48: 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 49: 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 50: Do you believe there is life on other planets? Make an argument for why you do or do not believe that it’s true.

Prompt 51: What is one of the most important things you never leave your home without? Did you ever forget it? What happened when you did?

Prompt 52: Write about three things you wish you had learned by the time you were in the 2nd grade.

Prompt 53: There is a saying that goes “the shortest distance between two people is a smile”. Do you agree? Why do you believe this might be true?

Prompt 54: Do you believe that “ignorance is bliss” is true? Are there some circumstances when it would be better not to know?

Prompt 55: Words spoken can never be unheard. Write about a time you said something you wish you could take back.

Prompt 56: Many conversations start with, “You’ll never guess who I bumped into today.” Write about a time when you bumped into someone you hadn’t seen in a long time. Did you have a good conversation, or were you sorry that you met up with that person again. Explain.

Prompt 56: If you could stop world hunger by only eating fruits and vegetables for five years, would you do it?

Prompt 57: What is the one thing that is making your life really good right now?