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6 Fall Writing Prompts



Crisp air, cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice everything - you know what season I'm talking about: fall! Fall is such a fun and inviting time of year, it's a great time to get inspired to write. Whether you want to stay in on a rainy day or you're looking for fun activities to do with your kids during fall break, read on to find some ideas and get your creativity flowing.


1. Write a fall-themed cinquain poem.


A cinquain poem is easy and fun to write! This a great one to do with kids. Cinquain poems have five lines and are used to describe a person, place, or thing.


The first line is a synonym for your topic: dessert


The second line is two adjectives: warm, gooey


The third line lists three verbs: slicing, sniffing, devouring


The fourth line is a phrase: topped with whipped cream


The fifth line reveals your topic: pumpkin pie



2. Prompt: You are sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows with friends on a crisp fall night. It's your turn to tell a story. Use the following words in your rendition to get you started: doctor, centaur, hunter, apple, flaming arrow, footprint, whistle, crunch, and gold dust.



3. Have you ever heard of a gratitude journal? It's as simple as it sounds. You write about what people, places, situations, or things you are thankful for - and it can be incredibly uplifting. Doing this for 5 minutes every morning, night, or whenever you start getting in a funk can reset your mind and bring you a moment of peace.


Whether you're looking for a way to jump start your productivity or spend a few moments meditating, writing in a gratitude journal is a wonderful tool for emotional release and creative expression. What a better time than during the holidays to get started!



5. Try another easy and kid-friendly poem: an acrostic poem. For these, the first letter of each line spells a word when read vertically. For example:


Plump, round, and orange


Utterly hard to choose just one


Making memories at the patch


Plucking out the pulp and seeds


Kids giggling at the mess


Inhaling the sweet and sour smell


Necessary tradition every year



6. Prompt: Think about your favorite place to visit during fall. Now imagine you have to write a road trip guide for someone who's never been there before. What would you include?



Writing is a great form of artistic expression for all ages. You can use these prompts by yourself to have quiet time and relax or start a writing group with your friends and share ideas with one another. Draw pictures with your kids to go with your poems and stories - get creative with it. Enjoy the season!

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