If you were going on a journey and could only take what would fit in a backpack, what would you take? Why?
Cesare Pavese is known for saying that "we do not remember days, we remember moments." Describe your moment.
Oscar Wilde has said that "I never travel without my diary. One must always have something sensational to read on the train." What one thing do you always carry with you?
Write about one thing you are most proud of in your life.
Do you agree with Albert Einstein in that "imagination is more important than knowledge?" Why or why not?
In Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to young Franz Kappus "...if you wake up every morning thinking about being a writer, then you were meant to be a writer." What do you wake up every morning thinking about being?
Select the one thing that you hate most about yourself and write about it as if it were the one thing you love most about yourself.
If you were a caution sign, what would it say? Why?
Sheryl Crow sings that "...it's not having what you want, it's wanting what you've got." Do you derive happiness from shiny new things, or do you cherish the items you already own? Explain.
I write for the sheer joy of writing because behind everything there is a story to be told. What do you do for the sheer joy of it? Why?
Inspired by People Magazine's Interview of Chris Hemsworth, this prompt asks you to write about the lasts in your life:
Look up your elemental symbol or zodiac sign. How many of the traits are accurate for you? Do you think there are inaccuracies? Why?
Write from one of the following sentences:
Write seven sentences dealing with the seven deadly sins as they relate to your life (Pride, Envy, Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth, Greed). You can't use their names. (Adapted from The Writer's Circle Facebook page)
What drives you? Freewrite for five minutes. (Inspired by the question written on the side of a Paper Transport, Inc. semi)
You wake up stranded on an island with the first person that comes to mind when you read this. How does that work out for you? (Adapted from a Facebook post)
Write five or six different emotions on little slips of paper and put them in a bowl. Draw one at random and write what you felt last night based on that emotion.
Name one person in your life that you truly appreciate. Why do you appreciate them? Have you told them?
You walked into a coffee shop and 'that song' is playing; the one that evokes specific memories. What song is it? What event or person do you associate with it? Do you have the song in your playlist, or do you only come across it by coincidence?
Using the first letters of the colors of the rainbow (R-O-Y-G-B-I-V), write down the first words that come to mind as they relate to how last month went for you. Now use those words in a piece that begins: "I was told life with me was..."
Write about a place you call home. What is the view from that window right now?
List things that make you laugh or smile for no reason at all.
What is your ritual when you wake up in the morning? What is your favorite way to relax at the end of the day?
The world is ending. Who would you want to spend your last day on earth with? Why? What would you do?
If you could reinvent yourself, who would you become?
Have you ever changed who you were to try to make someone else happy? Who? Why? Did it work? When did you realize it is better to be yourself than try to please everyone else?
What is the quote or mantra you draw on to get you through tough times?
Would you consider your significant other to be the Sun, Moon, or Northern Star in your life? Why?
You are being sent away in exile and can take one companion, one book, and one random object. What/who would you choose?
Write about a movie or book that inspired you. What aspects of the story made an impact on your life?
According to Matthew McConaughey, there are 3 things he needs each day:
Thinking about your life, how would you define these 3 needs? (Inspired by his 'Best Actor' acceptance speech, 2014)