Creative Writing Prompts for Middle School

Middle school children love the freedom of being able to write without worrying about standardized testing scores. These creative middle school writing prompts are fun and entertaining. They’re the kind of middle school writing prompts your kids will surely enjoy and appreciate!

→ Writing Prompt 1: Nothing good can come from a knock on the door at midnight. But I opened it anyway. Standing on my doorstep was..

→ Writing Prompt 2: Of the seven dwarfs from Disney’s Snow White, I mostly identify with…

→ Writing Prompt 3: Abracadabra! You know the magic word to immediately transport yourself somewhere else. Where would you like to be at this very moment and why did you choose that place?

→ Writing Prompt 4: You are watching a movie about the Civil War when suddenly, you find yourself in the middle of the movie as one of the characters on the big screen. Who did you become? A soldier, a slave, a slave owner, Lincoln, a spy, or someone else? Moreover, are you delighted, fearful, anxious, or what? Did you know you are just in a movie or do you think it’s real? Write a story about what happens next..

→ Writing Prompt 5: You hear your name announced over the school’s loudspeaker. You are directed to go to the principal’s office immediately. Why are you being summoned?

→ Writing Prompt 6: You open a trunk in your grandparent’s attic and find something shocking. What did you find?

→ Writing Prompt 7: Write a short story using these words: flashlight, applesauce, balloon, jacket, swan.

→ Writing Prompt 8: You are given the chance to meet and interview one person (living or dead) whom you admire greatly. Who would you choose? What questions would you like to ask?

→ Writing Prompt 9: My mom, the interior decorator, did it again! When I left the house this morning my room was painted light blue. But when I returned this afternoon the walls were the color of..

→ Writing Prompt 10: One day while fishing with your dad, you feel a strong tug in your line. You are so excited to have caught a fish. However, as you reel it in, you are shocked at what’s on the end of the line. Write a story about what you’ve pulled out of the water.

→ Writing Prompt 11: Write a story about how your parents met. And if you don’t know how they met, make it up!

→ Writing Prompt 12: You get to write a fashion blog! The only catch is that you must describe the clothes from the year 2297! What will we be wearing then?

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→ Writing Prompt 13: You’ve been given a guarantee by a magic genie that you will either be rich or famous when you grow up. However you can’t be both. Which one do you choose and why?

→ Writing Prompt 14: My parents laid down the law last night! If I don’t get my grades up this quarter, I’ll be…

→ Writing Prompt 15: It was the worst thing that could happen to me. The score is tied, it’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs, and I’m at bat. And wouldn’t you know who’s pitching! Write a story about what happens next.

→ Writing Prompt 16: You’ve been told a thousand times, never, never go down to the basement. It was totally off limits. However, today you’re home alone. You sneak down the stairs and discover…

→ Writing Prompt 17: You find an old photograph album and start looking through the pictures. You come across a picture of your dad and mom before they got married and couldn’t believe what they were doing. Who knew your parents used to…

→ Writing Prompt 18: In your family, your brother is known as the athletic one. Your sister is considered the smart one. However, you are famous for being…

→ Writing Prompt 19: Your Great-Great aunt Edna just died and left you an inheritance. Instead of money or jewelry, as you had hoped, she left you one mangy dog, two canaries, and 22 cats. What is your reaction and how do you handle the situation?

→ Writing Prompt 20: “Don’t touch that!” I shouted as my friend Jesse reached for the…

→ Writing Prompt 21: You would have thought that wearing a clown costume for Halloween would have meant you were going to have a fun night. Instead, when you went to old man Guthries’ house things turned ugly. Because when you got to the door, Guthries wasn’t handling out treats. Instead he was…

→ Writing Prompt 22: Write an essay on what arguments you could use to convince your parents to let you go to the mall with a bunch of friends for the day unsupervised. 

→ Writing Prompt 23: You’ve heard the expression I’ll never say never again. Tell a story about a time you might have broken this rule.

→ Writing Prompt 24: You just woke up from the craziest dream you’ve ever had. The only problem is that you can’t quite vividly  remember the dream. All you can recall is that there was a fire truck, a bear on the loose, and you were holding a donut in your hand. What do you think happened in your dream?

→ Writing Prompt 25: There’s an expression that says: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Write a story showing us how this advice once applied to you (or someone that you know).

→ Writing Prompt 26: What do you like most about February? What do you dislike about it?

→ Writing Prompt 27: You’ve been invited by your neighbors for a summer picnic. But instead of the traditional picnic foods, they serve something you didn’t think you could ever eat. What did they serve? Would you try a bit just to be polite?

→ Writing Prompt 28: Write about three foods that you wouldn’t touch with a 10-foot pole and why.

→ Writing Prompt 29: What is your favorite room in your home? Why do you like it so much?

→ Writing Prompt 30: Share your recipe for being a great friend.

→ Writing Prompt 31: Write an essay about something you learned in first grade or kindergarten that impacted and helps you to this day.

→ Writing Prompt 32: It has been said that you can lie with silence, as well as with words. Explain how that is true.

→ Writing Prompt 33: Today is “You can not tell a lie day.” You are not allowed to lie or fib at all. Pretend your best friend asks you what you think of her new outfit and you don’t like it at all. What would you do? What would you say?

Writing Prompt 34: Every Thursday night, after you go to bed you hear your mom sneak out of the house. However, she always returns exactly four hours later. Where do you think she goes?

Writing Prompt 35: Would you like to have a day where you have absolutely nothing to do at all? Would that be fun or boring?

Writing Prompt 36: Imagine your school desk could talk to you. What do you think the desk would tell you about the way you treat it? Do you keep a messy desk with scrunched up papers and half eaten snack bags, or is your desk happy because it’s neat and tidy?

Writing Prompt 37: Pick five items that you think would be important to include in a time capsule that will be opened in 100 years from now. What did you pick and why?

Writing Prompt 38: We’ve been told repeatedly that honesty is the best policy. But is it ever okay to lie? Write about a situation were it would be better to lie.

Writing Prompt 39: You are responsible for entertaining two preschool age children for one week. What would you do to entertain them?

Writing Prompt 40: Look out the window and pretend that you have never seen this view before. Describe it as if it is the first time you’ve ever seen it.

Writing Prompt 41: Have you ever given in to peer pressure and done something you knew was wrong? How did it make you feel?

Writing Prompt 42: When we are learning a new skill, there often comes an “aha” moment when we get it. Describe something that made you feel proud when you mastered the task.

Prompt 43: Write about a song that every time you hear it, it causes a reaction in you (sad, happy, etc.). Write about why that particular song has that effect on you. Is it the lyrics, the music, the memories of the time when you used to listen to it, or what?