Friday, February 11th, 2011

Writing Prompt – Love is in the Air!

Valentine CandiesMonday is Valentine’s Day!

And while I can’t stand frilly stuff, and hearts-and-flowers as decor on anything usually make me barf, I LOVE Valentines Day and the celebration of love.

I can’t help it. I’m in love.

I met my Husband of Awesome® my second year of college, and we’ve been together ever since. Totally storybook romance. (I won’t bore your with the details.)

Below are both journaling prompts and story starters. Switch them around and use your romantic moments to write a fictional story, or, let the story starters jog your brain for events in your past to journal. Combine more than one to create a complex tale.

I’m sensitive to the fact that many people don’t have my rosy outlook on romance. For them, I’ve included some prompts about the flip-side of love.

All the way at the bottom are some prompts for school-age people.


Rosy Prompts for Those In Love:

  1. Write the story of your most romantic encounter.
  2. Write the story of being reunited with “the one that got away.”
  3. Write your true love a letter. (Seriously, when was the last time you did this?)
  4. Write about your Best. Date. Ever.
  5. Complete this sentence: “I know ________ loves me because ….”
  6. Story Starter: When I looked up and saw Cupid with his bow, I knew we were both in trouble.
  7. Story Starter: Jake Kennedy used to think Valentine’s Day was for suckers until…

Not-so-Rosy Prompts for Those a Bit More Jaded about Love:

  1. Someone has betrayed you – though not necessarily in love. Tell a story about the moment of betrayal and/or when you discovered it.
  2. You come home and find your lover and your best friend in bed together.
  3. Turn betrayal around: write the story about when you betrayed someone. Why did you do it?
  4. Write a letter to the person in the world you despise the most.
  5. What if the person who broke your heart the most came crawling back. How would you handle the situation?
  6. Write about the most awkward, embarrassing moment you’ve experienced in love.
  7. Write about falling out of love.

School-Age Prompts

  1. Write an essay telling what makes someone a good friend.
  2. Write about your first crush.
  3. Story Starter: Janis woke up itching with red spots all over. Oh, no! She had chicken pox…and on the day of the school Valentine Party…
  4. You’re the World’s Greatest Candy Maker. Move over Willy Wonka! Design a fabulous new candy for Valentine’s Day.
  5. Make a list of all the people who love you…and then give one reason why you know they love you.
  6. Write an acrostic poem using the word “LOVE,” or “FRIEND.” If you’re feeling ambitious, make one using the word, “VALENTINE.”
  7. Write a love letter to anyone in your family, letting them know how much they mean to you.

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