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Ah, high school. The birthplace of future geniuses, the setting of a million Young Adult books — and the cutting ground of many a brilliant young author. Writing in the classroom is often the best outlet of creativity for kids, and what better way to get your students excited about it than through creative writing prompts for high school students?

Whether you use journal prompts or story ideas to kickstart your high school student’s imagination, writing prompts are sure to help broaden their thinking, sharpen their writing skills, record their thoughts, and get them to engage with the world around them.

If you're looking to cut to the chase, here's a top ten list of writing prompts for high school students:

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33 Fictional Story Ideas

Let’s explore fictional story ideas— When students write fictional stories in elementary school and middle school, they naturally tend to focus more on the plot and the progression of the story.  But in high school, teens have a more nuanced understanding of how plot is so often driven by characters and the emotions that influence them.  That means that fiction writing in high school tends to have higher stakes—and very often, much higher payoffs.

High School Fiction Writing Prompts

With that in mind, we’ve created 33 new fictional story ideas for high school students that encourage them to make up their own characters, places, and plots.  Each prompt starts out with a seemingly simple-sounding premise… but as your students begin to write and explore their characters and worlds, they’ll discover how much more there truly is. 

For instance, a simple prompt about a group of teens who manage to pull off an elaborate practical joke can be taken in countless directions.  Will your students focus on the teamwork required to coordinate and execute the plan—or perhaps explore the effects on the joke’s recipient (who may or may not have found it funny)?

Use these all-new fictional story prompts to help your high school students improve their writing and explore the power of storytelling!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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30 Short Story Prompts Guaranteed to Get Your Students' Creating Juices Flowing

Some of my favorite teaching moments come from a unit that culminated with my students writing an original short story. When given the freedom to write fiction, so many of my students came alive. They wanted to write suspense, mystery, horror, or romance. They wanted their characters to feel like real people. Suddenly, after weeks of ignoring my helpfully provided feedback, they were crowding my desk to ask me to read their work. It was glorious. Narrative writing is a wonderful way to allow every student to use the skills they’ve practiced in class to create something new. Getting started, however, can often be tricky. This is where I’ve found short story prompts to be so helpful. Give your students the following list of intriguing short story prompts and watch what they create.

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SHORT STORY RECIPE Beginning of the story: Your character's mother wants your character to do something, and your character doesn't want to do it. They argue about it. Next part: The argument is interrupted by a surprising sight which startles both of them. Next: The surprising sight brings back a memory from your character's childhood involving his/her mother. Flash back to this memory. Next: Return to the present. Your character and his/her mother continue their conversation, but the tone of it is changed by the surprise and by your character's thoughts about the past.

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Top Fiction Writing Prompts to Get Your Pen Moving

Posted on Mar 15, 2023

by Gloria Russell

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Whether you’re a seasoned expert or a brand-new writer, using writing prompts is a great way to get your creative gears turning and start on a story. Feel free to use these prompts exactly as they are to write short exercises, or to modify them and use them as a jumping-off point for your own worlds and plot ideas! 

We’ve broken these prompts up into adult, high school, and middle school prompts, and there’s a few ways to look at them. You can stick to the prompts that much up with your age group, which might be especially helpful if you’re a new writer, to make sure you’ve got prompts with experiences relatable or relevant to you! 

You can also think of them as separate genre prompts. Maybe you’re a highschool student writing adult fiction , or you’re an adult writing middle grade. Feel free to try prompts across all age groups to see what sticks! Writing for a different age group can also be a fun exercise to flex your writing muscles, so even if you don’t typically write outside your age group, use one of these prompts to try it out. 

Without further ado, here are 51 writing prompts for adults, high schoolers, and middle schoolers! 

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Here’s a list of 20 writing prompts for adults, or anyone writing adult fiction! 

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Here’s a list of 16 writing prompts for high schoolers, or for anyone writing young adult fiction! 

Writing Prompts for Middle Schoolers 

Here’s a list of 15 writing prompts for middle schoolers, or anyone writing children’s or middle grade fiction! 

With these prompts under your belt, you’re ready to get started. Happy writing! 

Have you written something with one of our writing prompts? Share your stories below! 

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