https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grimms%27_Fairy_Tales#List_of_fairy_tales Pick a fairy tale and rewrite it. Ideas: Change the time period. Change the point of view: rewrite in first person, change the point of view from to another character. Change the relationship. Change the gender. Change the genre…
What was the #1 song when you were born? (not sure? you can find out here.) Write about how the song relates (or not!) to your personality.
You stumble upon a random letter on the path. You read it. It affects you deeply, and you wish it could be returned to the person to which it’s addressed. Write a story about this encounter.
We’re all drawn to certain places. If you had the power to get somewhere — anywhere — where would you go right now? For your twist, focus on building a setting description. If you could zoom through space in the…
Watch some living creature(s) in their natural environment: a nest of garter snakes, an orb spider, a gopher mound. Write a short story featuring the creatures, but describe them with human characteristics: personify.
Grab your smart phone and make your own “We Are Happy From…” video. Team up with a group of friends, classmates, teammates … and work on your “lip dub.” (name it Pharrell Williams – Happy – We Are from [name of…
Write a narrative or personal essay about the ideas suggested by Christina’s World painting by American painter Andrew Wyeth.
Your life without a computer: what does it look like?
Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing, or event from the last month of your life into the glistening marble of immortality. What’s the statue and what makes it so significant?
Your entire community – however you define that; your hometown, your neighborhood, your family, your colleagues – is guaranteed to read your blog tomorrow. Write the post you’d like them all to see.
You’re stranded in a foreign city for a day with no money and no friends. Where do you go; what do you do?
You’ve been asked to speak at your high school – about the path of life. (Whoa.) Draft the speech.
You’ve been exiled to a private island, and your captors will only supply you with five foods. What do you pick?
You’ve imbibed a special potion that makes you immortal. Now that you’ve got forever, what changes will you make in your life? How will you live life differently, knowing you’ll always be around to be accountable for your actions?
You’ve inherited $5 million, with instructions that you must give it all away – but you can choose any organizations you like to be the beneficiaries. Where does the money go?
You’re going on a cross-country trip. Airplane, train, bus, or car? (Or something else entirely – bike? Hot air balloon?)
You’re having a nightmare, and have to choose between three doors. Pick one, and tell us about what you find on the other side.
You’re in the middle of a terrible argument, and everyone turns to you to help resolve it. How do you respond? How do you react to conflict?
You’re on a long flight, and a palm reader sitting next to you insists she reads your palm. You hesitate, but agree. What does she tell you?
You’re set to play poker (or Scrabble or something else . . .) with a group of four. Write a story set during this game. Or, describe the ideal match: the players, the relationships – and the hidden rivalries.
You receive a gift that is bittersweet and makes you nostalgic. What is it?
You receive some wonderful, improbable, hoped-for good news. How do you celebrate?
You wake up tomorrow morning to find all your plans have been cancelled for the next seven days and $10,000 on your dresser. Tell us about your week.
You win a contest to build your dream home. Tell us all about it. What features will it have?
You’re asked to nominate someone for TIME’s Person of the Year. Who would it be, and why?
You’re given a plot of land and have the financial resources to do what you please. What’s the plan?
You have all the resources you need to built your ideal home. Tell us about it.
You have been grated three wishes. The caveat is that you cannot wish for anything for yourself. What do you wish for?
You have the power to enact a single law. What would it be?
You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?
You make a new friend. Make them a mix tape (or playlist, for the younger folks) that tells them who you are through song.
You need to make a major change in your life. Do you make it all at once, cold turkey style, or incrementally?
You are receiving an award – either one that already exists, or a new one created just for you. What would the award be, why are you being honored, and what would you say in your acceptance speech?
You encounter a mysterious man offering you a magic potion that, once sipped, will make one of your senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch) super sharp ? but dull the others. Will you sip it, and if so, what sense…
You experience your own “Freaky Friday”, and switch bodies with someone you love/hate. Tell us what happens.
You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What?s the first thing you do?
You get to produce your own television show. What’s it about? Who’s starring in it? Describe it in detail.