Writing Prompt: Your Inner Child

By Lorinda Toledo

Remember the fun times and big dreams you had when you were a kid?
Grown-ups don’t get it, with all of their rules. Kids just want to have a good time. Sometimes this leads to riding bikes a little farther than you’re allowed to, or tossing a bag of flour around the house, or refusing to eat broccoli, just on principal.

So get back in touch with your inner child! Take some time for yourself and do something that makes you happy–like writing!

This Sunday, Sept. 15,  Sarah Maizes, shows you how to write a picture book ready for the bestseller list! Sarah is an award-winning children’s book author and former William Morris literary agent. After taking her 5-week class, Writing the Marketable Picture Book, you’ll have a completed draft of your book. You’ll even get to test it out on a small audience of kids! There’s only a few spots left, though, so sign up while you still can.

Check out these other opportunities to play with words at Writing Pad! Then scroll down for your free writing prompt. What could be more fun than that?

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Writing Prompt:
Ah, the innocence of childhood. Most of us are at our creative best when we’re kids, before that inner critic has had a chance to develop in our heads.

When I was little, I once got in trouble after my Mom discovered the abstract art pieces I’d been making on the wall next to my bed. She just couldn’t appreciate my brilliance in using ooey-gooey boogers as finger paints when I was supposed to be sleeping. I guess I can see now why she was a little upset.

For this week’s writing prompt, make a list of 3 times you got in trouble when you were a kid. Pick one. Add a sensory detail to it (smell, taste, sound, touch).

Write about that incident, making sure to include that sensory detail for 10 minutes.  It could be funny, poignant, sad — anything you want. Then post your story in the comments below. You could win a free writing class!

  1. Jen Mora