59 New Creative Writing Prompts for Tweens

Help your students understand the importance and value of their own ideas with these creative writing prompts for tweens.

The preteen years can be a difficult time for students. As they navigate the space between being children and becoming teenagers, preteens often deal with important issues about identity and responsibility. At the same time, they still enjoy silliness and opportunities to let loose. Through regular writing and journaling, students get to do both of these things at the same time.Creative Writing Prompts for Tweens

These 59 new creative writing prompts — and journal prompts — play somewhere in the boundary between childhood and the teenage years. Tweens will think about important issues like bullying and acceptance in the classroom and American celebrity culture—issues that give them the chance to reflect and examine their own beliefs. However, they’ll also get to indulge in lighthearted and fun questions about first crushes and hanging out with friends.

Creative Writing Prompts for Tweens | 59 Fun Ideas

  1. How do you deal with peer pressure?
  2. What is your greatest wish?
  3. Would you rather be rich or famous?
  4. How do you use money? Do you tend to spend or save?
  5. What are your favorite types of books? Why?
  6. Do you like to take risks?
  7. How closely do you follow current events?
  8. If you could invent anything, what would it be?
  9. Describe how you met a goal. How did you feel afterward?
  10. What does friendship mean?
  11. If you could instate any law, what would you choose?
  12. What causes are important to you?
  13. How will you choose a high school?
  14. Do you think you will go to college? What will you study?
  15. How much time do you spend each day on homework?
  16. What is your favorite thing to do with your friends?
  17. Describe a time when you were jealous. How did you feel? Did you overcome it?
  18. What do you want to do when you grow up?
  19. Who do you want to be when you grow up?
  20. What do you look forward to doing as a teenager?
  21. What is your favorite way to learn?
  22. Where do you go when you need space to think?
  23. Describe yourself in 10 words. Why did you choose these words?
  24. If you wrote a book about your life, what stories would it include?
  25. What does it mean to bully someone?
  26. How can we promote acceptance in our classroom?
  27. What is the best thing about being a kid?
  28. What is the worst feeling you’ve ever had?
  29. Why is learning important?
  30. Does art appeal to you? Why or why not?
  31. What is the craziest dream you’ve ever had?
  32. Write about a time when you were scared, but everything turned out okay in the end.
  33. Write about something that other people don’t know about you.
  34. How do advertisements affect you?
  35. What kinds of pressures do kids and teens have today?
  36. Write about something you believe in.
  37. Write about a time when you were embarrassed.
  38. How do you divide your time?
  39. What is the greatest lesson you’ve ever learned?
  40. What do you think about the way Americans care about celebrities?
  41. Who are the people in your support network? How do they make you feel?
  42. How do you help other people?
  43. Do you prefer listening to music or watching movies?
  44. How has your relationship with your parents changed as you’ve gotten older?
  45. What is something that makes you proud?
  46. What is your favorite thing to do on the weekends?
  47. Imagine a day spent living in someone else’s shoes. What challenges would you experience?
  48. What do you think high school will be like?
  49. What is the most important subject in school?
  50. Do you think that dreams have any significance?
  51. Write a poem about something you’ve learned.
  52. Do people listen to you when you talk?
  53. What is the farthest you’ve ever traveled?
  54. Do you prefer to spend time inside or outside?
  55. Write about your first crush. How did he or she make you feel?
  56. How does it feel when you stop talking with old friends?
  57. Would you ever consider studying as an exchange student?
  58. Have you ever tried an unusual sport or food? How did you feel afterward?
  59. What does happiness feel like? Describe it using each of the five senses.

Through journaling and writing, students explore each aspect of their personalities. There’s no need to limit individuality to a particular characteristic or philosophy when there are so many possibilities available. A student can try on a new thought for a day or explore a concept from someone else’s perspective. When students are growing into their future selves, this type of limitless potential is invaluable.

Until next time, write on…