“Imagine Your Story” Prompts

Use one of the prompts each week to create your own story. Use items you have in your house to draw, make, construct, build, write, or tell your story. Share your creativity by posting to our Facebook page or emailing us at the library.

Prompt 1:
If you could be a character in a book, who would you be and what adventure would you imagine for yourself? Where would you go? Who would go with you? Would you be looking for something special? Would you be taking something to someone? What would you take and to whom would you take it? What might you see and do on your adventure?

Prompt 2:
What would happen if you crossed a lion with an eagle? Or a whale with a unicorn? Use your imagination to describe your new animal. Do these animals have special talents? Where do they live? What do they eat? Are they good pets or do they survive better in the wild? How do they communicate? Do they use grunts, roars, or chirps? Or do they speak like humans? Do they have special abilities or magical powers?

Prompt 3:
Do you have a favorite stuffed animal? If he or she came to life, what would your friend say and do? What adventures would you go on together? How would you and your animal friend travel? Can you fly? Do you have a car? Can you ride a horse? Now that your favorite animal friend is alive, can you have conversations? Do you speak the same language? Since your friend has probably always been stuck at home, maybe sitting on your pillow or waiting on a shelf, where will your friend most want to go? To eat? To play?

Prompt 4:
Would you like to live in a castle? How about on a pirate ship? Or in a treehouse? What would your bedroom look like? Would you have different chores than you have now? Do you live alone, with your family, or lots of people? Are you in a city, or on the beach, or in the jungle, or on an island? How would you give people directions to find you?

Prompt 5:
Imagine you wake up and you are the size of a mouse. What would you do? Where would you go? How would you make your bed? Or talk to your friends? What would happen if you grew to be the size of an elephant? Would you need to find a new place to live? How many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches would it take to fill you up at lunch time? Big or small, what challenges might you face? What kinds of thing would be easier for you? Would you want to stay your new size or get back to normal as soon as possible?

Prompt 6:
You are alive at a time in history when everything as you know it has changed. Tell the story of what has and is happening in your experience of the COVID-19 pandemic. What has been different for you? The same? What do you most miss about the way things were before you were asked to stay at home? What do you think you would like to continue to do when you are able to go out into the world again? There are reports of reduced pollution…rivers that are running clean again, skies that are clear over cities for the first time in many years…people are enjoying family time and quietness. What good things can you imagine will come from this experience?

Prompt 7:
Soon this summer will be a memory and you will continue to grow and learn. Imagine your story of growing up. What experiences do you want to have in life? Do you want to travel? Do you want to go to college? Do you want to be an artist or musician? Do you want to build things? Who do you think you will stay friends with and why. Is there anything that you are really excited about accomplishing someday? Write about that desire and how you plan to accomplish it. How do you envision yourself as a grownup?

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