Having trouble getting into your writer’s seat this summer? Hopefully you’re off making amazing memories that will inspire future essays and stories, but if you do find yourself at a coffee shop with a couple luxurious free hours, here are a few writing prompts to get your pen moving.
1.CNF/Journal: Write about your favorite 4th of July memory. How does your perception of 4th of July celebrations differ from when you were a child or teenager? How do you think your children will remember this holiday when they’re older?
2. CNF/Journal: Taylor Swift has another re-recorded album coming out this week. If you could re-record an era from your life, what would it be? What timeframe would you relive, and maybe add your aged expertise and wisdom to?
3. Fiction: Write a story about someone who goes on a summer vacation and meets someone who changes their life.
4. Fiction: Make up a backstory for your child’s teacher, one you don’t know well.
5. Journal: If you could take a week-long vacation anywhere right now, where would you go and why?
6. Journal: Write about your ideal summer day. If you had no responsibilities and nowhere to be, what would you do for a whole day?
7. Fiction: Choose a lesson your child is having a difficult time learning, and write a short children’s book to help teach it.
8. Fiction: Write a story about a summer roadtrip.
9. CNF/Journal: Write about something that you can only do during the summer months, something you will miss when November and December come around.
10. Fiction: Write a story that takes place at a baseball game.
If you write something inspired by one of these prompts and share it on a blog or social media, we’d love to see your work. You can leave a link in the comments below, or tag Literary Mama on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.