Literary writing prompts

Earlier this year scientists published a study in the journal Nature detailing the first time genes with serious disease-causing mutations have been successfully edited in human embryos to produce healthy mutation-free embryos. Write a personal essay about the moral and ethical implications of gene-editing science as it continues to progress. In a hypothetical time when these advances might be a part of routine medical procedures, what decisions would you make for yourself and your family and loved ones? Read National Geographic ’s “ 5 Reasons Gene Editing Is Both Terrific and Terrifying ” for more insight.

You know how I'd start, if I was just starting out again? This is not an advertisement for my own stuff, but maybe it is. I'd purchase my own Writer's Notebook Bundle (the Bingo Cards, the SWT slides, and/or the restaurant-themed choice menus), and as soon as I had made sure every single class was taking those ten minutes of daily Sacred Writing Time seriously, I'd write during those ten minutes too! I know there are teachers reading this right now who've purchased those materials from me, and who--instead of using those ten quiet minutes to establish their own writer's notebooks--they take care of class business and email while their students are being so quiet and their little student pencils are dancing. If that's you and you don't have a writer's notebook started yet, then stop doing that! My products provide you that ten minutes, and if you still don't have a notebook started, then you bought the materials for the wrong reason. Go start a darn notebook and share your crazy ideas with your kids once you realize how much fun it is to keep one, how much fun it is to ramble some days, how much fun it is to let your thoughts become decoration on what was once a blank notebook page.

Take yourself to a rainy day. You’re in a hospital. Ohio State to be exact. You’re nine years old and you should be in school right now. Your grandmother had a heart attack, so she had surgery when they brought her here. She’s sleeping now. You sit on the window ledge next to her bed, watching raindrops connect and collide with each other on the glass. All around you machines are beeping and licking, making sure she continues to inhale…exhale…The IV drips. As you stare out the window, she inhales sharply. This single noise makes you heartbeat flutter. Your stomach drops and you jump up to check on her. She’s fine, but you can’t see the future. So you don’t know that in two weeks you’ll leave her house- crying because you can’t stay- and that’s the last time you talk to her. She’s cold when she kisses you, but she’s always cold, so it doesn’t register. Her lips are slightly blue, but you’re the only one that doesn’t notice. Later in life, everyone will tell you that they knew. How could you have missed it? There were signs. That night, she will draw her last breath. In the dark, alone, your grandmother will sleep and never wake up.
All these sounds. An orchestra- a language- that we hear every day and don’t pay attention to. Every sound has a unique pitch that fits into a pattern.
People. If people didn’t talk. We’d understand body language better. We would never have to search for words or even know the the ‘right thing’ to say again. The best language is the one that we need to listen to.

The future is something that many of us frequently think about. I like planning for future trips, saving up for my future and trying to think about the consequences of my present actions so I can plan for a brighter future. It’s also fun to think about what life will be like after I die and some of the ways society can evolve or possibly be destroyed in the future. There are limitless possibilities to what the future could be like. This could be a significant source of inspiration for you. Please use these creative writing prompts to write about topics relating to the future. 

Literary writing prompts

literary writing prompts

The future is something that many of us frequently think about. I like planning for future trips, saving up for my future and trying to think about the consequences of my present actions so I can plan for a brighter future. It’s also fun to think about what life will be like after I die and some of the ways society can evolve or possibly be destroyed in the future. There are limitless possibilities to what the future could be like. This could be a significant source of inspiration for you. Please use these creative writing prompts to write about topics relating to the future. 

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