Descriptive Writing Prompts

Looking for some inspirational descriptive writing prompts recently I stumbled upon Bruce Van Patters funstuff. He provides a host of free activites and information that put fun,excitement and adventure back into writing prompts. Definitely worth a visit. If you know of any other great writing prompt websites please share them below.Let's pool resources to build a comprehensive list of writing prompts. A good writing prompt can be anything that turns thoughts into words.

Get Creative With Bruce Van Patter's Descriptive Writing Prompts

This is my newest interactive page! My genie will conjure up crazy What-If questions to inspire your stories.

Teachers & Parents: these questions are fun for all ages, but the vocabulary could, at times, be a bit challenging for students to read on their own under 4th grade. All ages will enjoy the off-the-wall ideas!
On this webpage, The Story Kitchen, strange tales get cooked up. And you get to be the chef. Just pick your hero, place and bad guy -- and see the story I've started for you to finish. There are nearly 50 of them! Each story has a drawing I've done for it and all can be printed out. Teachers: these are written for 4th or 5th grade students to read on their own, or be read aloud to students in 2nd or 3rd grades. I've received many story-endings from fifth grade students!
Mugshots are a great way to think through a character before starting your story. On this webpage, pick a face you like and click through to a simple form that will help you make a great main character!
Teachers: these are great for students 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade. You can print out the forms to use in class.
  In schools, I've drawn more than 700 line drawings to go with stories I've brainstormed with students.
On the webpage I call KidTales, you can use some of those drawings to start your own story -- then click to see what the original kid-made story was!
Teachers: use these with any grades.
Do you want a great story starter? How   about over 100 million of them? Try my Weird Headline Maker, which will create random headlines for you. All you need to do, then, is imagine what story might have made the headline! The headlines are always crazy and many will make you laugh.

Teachers: these are good for students 2nd grade and up (some words might need explaining)


I have a page of tips for getting started drawing your own cartoon characters. You'll also find free cartoons to which you can print off to add your own words!

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