I love writing prompts. If nothing creative is showing itself on that particular day, I go back through a file of writing prompts and pull one out at random. Then I force myself to write at least 500 words on that particular subject, or tailor a story around a particular place, situation, title -- you name it, it probably will work as a prompt to get the creative juices flowing.
Today I was looking through my son's homework from last week and I came across his list of spelling words. Instead of throwing them out (since he has a new list this week, after all), I studied them for a minute. And thought: Voila!
For those parents out there: the next time your child brings home their list of spelling words, use them as your writing prompt. Write a story -- let's say, a thousand words? -- using every one of those words in the story.
Here's the list for this week, to get you started:
If you're sitting there wondering what you should be doing today and procrastinating like crazy, there's your assignment. Get to work!