Thursday, April 14, 2011

Creative Writing Prompts with Kangaroos and John Steinbeck

Gary Unwin |

April is National Poetry Month and today we celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day!
Here is my bonus page of pocket poems for you today.  You can click here:

And for your regular prompts:

Today I also offer you a picture of two kangaroos.  The little one seems to be watching something.

Fiction Writing Prompt: 

Write a short scene about what the kangaroo sees.


Today is the day The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck was published in 1939.

Here is a quote by John Steinbeck:

"I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession."
Memoir Writing Prompt:  Write about a time when you were very proud of something.
Poetry Writing Prompt:  Write a poem about something you are proud of. 


  1. Today I feel as creative as a tree stump, but I have to comment on John Steinbeck, as he was my first hero.
    As a young boy, The Grapes of Wrath took me into the world of books. Steinbeck created not only a vivid visual world for me, but also the emotions of the era and people that he wrote about. I could almost smell the scenes and people he created. He was a master painter, brushing his canvas with the color of words. I wanted more than anything else to be a painter of words. At the age of 12 I knew I was going to be a writer, as I already had boxes of short stories, poems and lyrics that I had written. To this day he is still my greatest inspiration.

  2. Thanks for commenting about how John Steinbeck has influenced you, John. When I was young, I was intrigued with Edgar Allen Poe and wanted to write stories like his--but I never really followed through. I somehow leaned toward poetry in the end, highly influenced by Diane Wakoski in high school.


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