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WritingFix: The Prompt Generator has Moved!
WritingFix is downsizing--not going away!--and we're moving a number of the BIGGER prompts and projects to a new website.

It's true. The Northern Nevada Writing Project--facing almost a 100% budget cut--has to downsize this free-to-use website so that it can fit on a smaller server. The "Daily Prompt Generator" on this page was one of the LARGEST prompts we housed at WritingFix, so it will be moving--not going away!

Our webmaster who created and added to the daily prompt server between 2001-2011 has agreed to house it at his classroom/teaching website. You can access the prompt server from now on at the link below:

New Link for the Daily Prompt Generator:


Like the Prompts? Stay in Touch! We'll e-mail you six random writing prompts every Sunday!

Join our "Daily Writing Prompts" interest group to start receiving a week's worth of prompts every Sunday! You will also have first access to any new prompts that are added to our generator below. Follow these two steps to start enjoying this free feature:

  1. First, you'll need to be a registered member of our "Writing Lesson of the Month" Ning; this interest group is for both teachers and writers. Click here to create a profile and become a member.
  2. Once your e-mail is verified, you will need to join the ning's special interest group called "Daily Writing Topics." Use this link and click on the "+join Daily Writing Prompts" near the upper right-hand corner of the page.


Five Recommended Mentor Texts for Educators Who Use Writing Prompts with Students:

Write What You See:
99 Photos to Inspire Writing


A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words: Image-Driven Story Prompts and Exercises for Writers

Yoga for the Brain:
Daily Writing Stretches that Keep Minds Flexible and Strong

Daily Writing Exercises that Are NOT Personal, NOT Introspective, NOT Boring!

Writing to the Prompt: When Students Don't Have a Choice


Interesting Prompts Submitted by WritingFix Users:
Think about your favorite TV show or movie.  Become one of the main characters and write a diary entry based on the last episode or, if a movie, based on a specific scene.  Start with "Dear Diary..." (from Heidi Grassi, Nevada) If you are an only child, what would your life be like (hypothetically) if you had siblings? If you are a sibling, what would your life be like (hypothetically) if you were an only child? (from Trina Grant, Alabama) Once in a while you come across a special one, and you think, "There is an old soul." Write about your pet or make up an animal friend that has more than just affection behind their eyes. (from Hannah Jacobson, N. Carolina)

Suppose pencils were never invented... (from Carla Annese, New Jersey)

Write a funny** story involving socks.

**You can change 'funny' to any emotion--sad or angry or mushy, etc, and 'socks' to any normally boring overlooked topic, but for some reason, socks seem to work best as a prompt. (from Audrey deLong, North Carolina)

Several years ago I gave my middle school students this previously-used writing proficiency exam prompt:  If your pencil could talk, what would it say about you?  My students love it, and they have modified it to this: If [fill in your teacher's name] pencil could talk, what would it say about you?  (Claire Legowski, Nevada) If you could create a new US holiday that celebrates a person or event, what person or event would you celebrate?  Include at least 3 reasons why your new holiday should be celebrated in the United States. (from Rachel Henkel, South Carolina) What trait have you inherited from your mother (father, grandmother, etc)? When did you know you inherited it? (from LouAnn Flanagan, Kentucky)

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