Show a picture of your worst-ever haircut.
Would you ever visit a psychic or palm reader?
Describe what it feels like when the season starts to change.
Tell us about a time you couldn’t quite get your words or images to express what you wanted to express. What do you think the barrier was? For bonus points, try again.
If you were going to open up a shop, what would you sell?
Create a story from this list of random words:
List three political issues you feel strongly about.
Describe a situation in which you or someone you know has been deceived by appearances. How might you advise someone to guard against this trap?
Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!
Think of a situation in which someone persuaded you to do something that you felt wouldn’t work out, but you did it anyway. What were the results? If you want to persuade people to do something you think is really important, but they don’t really want to do it, what arguments do you use to convince them that they should?
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?
Do you remember your favourite book from childhood?
Easter candy or Halloween candy: which would rather have to give up forever?
Share your worst roommate story.
What books are on your winter reading list?
Describe your most memorable birthday.
What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?
Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of.
Who are your all-time favourite authors?
What’s the most expensive thing you’ve ever broken?
Which New Year’s resolution haven’t you kept? Why? How will you redouble your efforts to achieve your goal?
How do you like to get news these days?
Describe a film you’d like to act in. What is it about? Who are the characters? Which character would you like to play?
Tell us about one photograph that means a lot to you.
Tell us about something you think is terribly unfair – and explain how you would rectify it.
Language evolves. The meaning of a word can shift over time as we use it differently – think of “cool,” “heavy,” or even “literally.” Today, give a word an evolutionary push: give a common word a new meaning, explain it to us.
Where do you like to swim?
What were the must-have toys when you were a kid?
If you had the attention of the entire world for two minutes, what would you say?
What was the last movie that made you cry?
If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?
Watch three different biography programs on TV or video and write an essay, discussing whether they prove that essence precedes existence or the other way around.
What are your must-see TV shows?
Do you think you deserve an apology that you haven’t yet received?
Describe in great detail the room that you slept in when you were ten years old. What was the light like? What were the furnishings? Leave out no detail!
If your life was a movie, which one would it be and why?
What’s your middle name? Do you like it?
What groups do you belong to?
What does your fitness routine consist of?
What place seemed much smaller after coming back to visit again?
Name the last movie you saw at a theatre.
What’s the coolest vehicle you’ve ever driven?
Would you rather go bungee jumping or skydiving?
If you could go back in time and relive one day of your life, which would you choose?
What historical event would you attend if you were able to time travel?
What do you want most from life? What are you prepared to do to attain it?
Write about an event that in some way raised your awareness of some aspect of life. What was this event? How did it change you? Explain.
You can only eat either breakfast, lunch, or dinner meals for the rest of your life. What’s your choice?
Take a complicated subject you know more about than most. Now explain it as if you were talking it over to a friend over coffee. Your friend knows nothing about it at all.
Khalil Gibran once said that people will never understand one another unless language is reduced to seven words. What would your seven words be?
What’s at the top of your gift wish list right now?
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.
Name one thing, big or small, that you could change about your life to be happier.
Be a Storyteller. Write a story about a time in your childhood when someone got revenge for a nasty trick that was played.
6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?
What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?
You may be of the opinion that there are not enough holidays in the school year which permit you to take off from school. So invent some! Make up three new holidays which are so important that school has to be closed a week for each holiday. How about a World Series Holiday, or a Grey Cup Holiday that gives you the week off? Justify your holiday with strong arguments.
Who is your greatest hero of all time?
What makes you smile like nothing else can?