Pick a fairy tale and rewrite it.
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 – turn the fairy tale into a Science-Fiction thriller.
Change the place – physical, cultural, socio-economic.
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 speed of light, what place would you go to right now?
A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.
— Joan Didion
Today, choose a place to which you’d like to be transported if you could — and tell us the backstory. How does this specific location affect you? Is it somewhere you’ve been, luring you with the power of nostalgia, or a place you’re aching to explore for the first time?
from Writing 101: A Room with a View (or Just a View) by Ben Huberman
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 the city])
Read about Pharrell Williams at wikipedia.
Read about youth who cannot create and share such a video.
Watch, but not all of it at once, a 24 hour version of Happy, http://24hoursofhappy.com
Put your town on the map: http://wearehappyfrom.com/map
WeVideo and WeVideo Help
iPhone WeVideo App
How to get your video to the YouTube without paying the premium?
Publish your project, once published the project can be exported. Export it to your Google Drive (notice the YouTube icon is grey and requires an upgrade premium to click).
Wait a bit of time.
Look for your exported “happy.mp4” inside your “My Drive”. Download this file to your desktop, then upload it to your youtube.
Worked for me.
Be careful how many times you “Export” there is a “bumper” on the free account that only allows a few MBs or minutes to be exported. Be certain you are ready for export and export only the once.
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?
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?
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 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 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.
You have 15 minutes to address the whole world live (on television or radio ? choose your format). What would you say?
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 do you choose?
Write about whatever you’d like, but write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?
Write an anonymous letter to someone you’re jealous of.
Write down the first sight, sound, smell, and sensation you experienced on waking up today. Pick the one you’re most drawn to, and write. (For a bigger challenge, pick the one you’re least drawn to.)
Write up a mid-year “State of My Year” post.
Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that?s been sticking with you this week.
Write about something that happened over the weekend as though it’s the top story on your local paper.
Write about something you consider “ugly” – war, violence, failure, hatred – but try to find beauty, or a sense of hope, in your thoughts.
Write about the experience that got you into writing.
Write about the last disagreement you had with a friend or family member ? from their perspective.
Write about the subject you usually blog about as if you were a music critic.
Write about what you did last weekend as though you’re a music critic reviewing a new album.
Write about a time when you didn’t take action but wish you had. What would you do differently?
Write about evil: how you understand it (or don’t), what you think it means, or a way it’s manifested, either in the world at large or in your life.
Write a story about yourself from the perspective of an object, thing, animal, or another person.
Write a story or post with an open ending, and let your readers invent the conclusion.
Write about a noise – or even a silence – that won’t go away. (We’ll let you interpret this in different ways?)
Write a piece about a typically “local” experience from where you come from as though it’s an entry in a travel guide.
Write a piece of fiction describing the incident that gave rise to the phrase, “Third time’s the charm.”