Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?
Do you have any friends you regret not keeping in touch with?
If you were to choose a personal item that could be handed down to future generations of your family, what would you choose? Why?
Write about a time when you persuaded someone to do something, or a situation in which you were persuaded to do something about which you felt hesitant. Describe the consequences and feelings that resulted.
“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
Who doesn’t love a list? So write one! Top five slices of pizza in your town, ten reasons disco will never die, the three secrets to happiness – go silly or go deep, just go list-y.
What’s your dream tourist destination – either a place you’ve been and loved, or a place you’d love to visit? What about it speaks to you?
Is humanity innately violent?
Describe the best teacher you’ve ever had.
Is it easy for you to ask for help when you need it, or do you prefer to rely only on yourself? Why?
You get some incredibly, amazingly, wonderfully fantastic news. What?s the first thing you do?
Write a 100-word story about ninjas and pirates.
If only there were more hours in the day. What are your tips for saving time?
From a famous writer or celebrity, to a blogger or someone close to you – who would you like to be your biographer?
Skydiving. Would you do it? (Or have you done it?)
Make a list of all the countries you’ve visited.
What are your goals for the next year?
Create a new law that will make the world a more fun place.
Write a first-person narration about a storm that you have experienced, emphasizing not only the details of what happened but also your responses to the experience.
Floating Lanterns XII
On August sixth every year
the seven rivers of Hiroshima
are filled with lanterns
Painted with the names of the
fathers, mothers, and sisters
they float on their way to the sea
Almost there, pushed back
flame snuffed out
Darkly coming back in pieces
Tossed by ocean waves
That time, years past
these same rivers were filled
With the corpses of those
fathers, mothers, and sisters
— Poem by Iri Maruki and Toshi Maruki
Translated by Nancy Hunter and Yasuo Ishikawa
Research the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by answering these questions:
- What led to the decision to drop the atomic bombs?
- What was the strategic objective of these actions?
- What judgements have historians made about these events?
- What other questions do you have about Hiroshima or Nagasaki?
Find descriptions, photos, or videos clips of the aftermath of the bombings. Using the information you have researched, write your own poem about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
What are your favourite types of family gatherings?
What form of exercise do you enjoy the most?
How do you feel about public speaking?
Describe the last time you were surprised by the intensity of a feeling you had about something, or were surprised at how strongly you reacted to something you thought wouldn’t be a big deal.
Have you ever been on stage?
Create a new recipe with just five ingredients.
If you could bring one fictional character to life for a day, who would you choose? Perhaps someone from a book, a movie, or a TV show?
Describe your ideal birthday celebration.
What’s the best April Fools’ Day prank you’ve ever heard of?
What are the first things you notice about people you just met?
If you had to make a living by creating art, what would you do?
Name a book you’ve read that had a captivating voice.
Describe in careful detail the experience of reading in bed. Why is it such a pleasure for a lot of people? Is it a pleasure for you? Why or why not?
Have you experienced, heard about, or read about a crowd that got out of control? What happened? How was order restored? What are some things organizers of crowd attractions and officers of the law do to prevent mob scenes? What threats to personal and public safety does senseless mob behaviour pose?
If you could banish any one person from your life who would it be? Why?
What are you indecisive about?
Why do we still say “bless you” when somebody sneezes?
Observe carefully the actions of several animals in a natural setting (or a pasture), and then write a narrative in which specific details and images are used to show the reader events that occurred.
Describe what your laugh sounds like.
What place in the world do you never want to visit? Why?
Yay or nay: Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
What types of things do you avoid asking for help with?
Canadians who want more government had their way in the sixties and seventies, while those who want less government are having their way now.
Which do you favour, and why?
Do you believe cutbacks and privatization are enhancing or threatening your well-being in the present? In the future?
Defend your view with examples.
Write an essay describing an ideal future society.
What was the best movie of last year?
Read about Rabindranath Tagore. Read something from the writings of Rabindranath Tagore.
Read the Introduction to Gitanjali by W.B. Yeats. Read Gitanjali.
Write a post in which you explore the idea that “children gather pebbles and scatter them again.”
Create your own photo-poster from a brainy quote of Rabindranath Tagore.
What was the last movie that made you cry?
Here’s $1000. Spend it in the next hour or lose it. No online shopping allowed.
Write an autobiographical story that reveals who you really are.
Write about an environmental disaster that you have either witnessed or heard about recently in the news.
First jot down notes on a blank page under three headings: “Land,” “Air,” and “Water.” Now draw on these notes to classify, in an essay, the effects of the disaster in each of your three categories. Do not withhold frightening or gross information, for it will show the reader the importance of your subject. In your second draft add more sense images and sharpen your transitions. Read your final draft aloud to someone keeping enough eye contact to judge which passages have the strongest effect.
It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?
Do you need coffee to wake up in the morning?
What do you display on the walls of your home – photos, posters, artwork, nothing? How do you choose what to display? What mood are you trying to create?
Plan the ultimate celebration for the person you’re closest to, and tell us about it. Where is it? Who’s there? What’s served? What happens?
We all have things as need to do to keep an even keel – blogging, exercising, reading, cooking. What’s yours?
What’s the best news that you could receive right now?
When was the last time you asked yourself, “What was I thinking?!”
Head to one of your favorite blogs. Write a companion piece to their penultimate post.
Name your top three pet peeves.