May Writing Prompts

Here are some writing prompts for May. Hope your creativity “springs” into action!

1. Use one of the following sentences to begin a story:

  • White lace curtains fluttered in the warm breeze.
  • The air was thick with wood smoke.
  • I thought Play-Doh was for kids until I saw the body.
  • Now I know what they really mean by “caught in the act.”
  • Erik loved the dark.
  • Red warning lights flashed on the console.

2. Use one, some or all of the following words in a story or poem: shirt, pen, thunder, cry, case

3. April showers bring May flowers. What flowers could you name your characters after? What kind of people do you associate with names such as Peony, Rose, Thorn, Lily? Here are some characters from stories you might know that are named after flowers: Molly Bloom, Flora Poste, Violet Beaudelaire, Scarlet Pimpernel, Fleur Forsyth, Fleur Delacour, Daisy Buchanan, Lily Owens, Violetta Valéry, Zinnia Larkin, and don’t forget Scarlet O’Hara’s original name was Pansy!

4. I wish I may I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight. What wish would your character wish for upon a star or ask a genie to grant? What would be the consequences of that dream coming true? What would you wish for? Why? How would your life change if your wish came true?

5. Flowers don’t just inspire people’s names, but they inspire place names, too. What stories could you create in towns like these: Flower’s Cove, Newfoundland; Strawberry, Arkansas; Weedpatch, California; Beanblossom, Indiana; Rosebud, Alberta; Carrot River, Saskatchewan; Olive Branch, Michigan; Fallen Leaf, California; Lady Slipper, Prince Edward Island; Tiger Lily, Saskatchewan.

Have fun!

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