Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mark Twain Inspired Creative Writing Prompts

Beatrice Killam |

It was this day in 1910 we lost whom William Faulkner referred to as the "Father of American Literarture," Mark Twain.  In memory of Mark Twain, I had to find a photo with a fence, and you can free write from this photo if you'd like.

Here are some wonderful quotes from Mark Twain.  I will use these as a springboard for the creative writing prompts today. 

Mark Twain Quotes and Prompts

"I can live for two months on a good compliment." 

Letter Writing Prompt:  Write someone a letter giving them a sincere compliment.

Creative Nonfiction:  Write about a compliment you received that really made you feel good, or write about something you wish someone would compliment you on.

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

Fition Writing Prompt:  Write a short story where one character cheers another character up.


"Better a broken promise than none at all."

Poetry Writing Prompt: Write a poem about a promise, either broken or kept.
"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Essay Writing Prompt:  My theory of kindness is that there are four receivers we can target.  We can be kind to ourselves, we can be kind to others we know, we can be kind to strangers, and we can be kind to the earth.  In my book, the amount of kindness we give has a lot to do with how happy we are.  Kindness can be anything from a smile to an act of service.  Kindness is in sincere compliments.  I could go on and on. 
Write an essay about kindness.   

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