Using a PROMPT Box

PromptBoxes-denise reashore

Prompt boxes can come in many forms and hold a variety of things. Be creative. Use one or all of these suggestions to inspire ideas for your next writing session:

  • Repurpose decorative jewelry gift boxes, watch tins, and homemade gift card boxes. Write a list of nouns. Cut up the list and add to the prompt box of your own choosing. Select several nouns from the prompt box and try to use all of them the next time you sit to write.
  • Gather a variety of items, memorabilia with personal connections, and souvenirs from around the word. Place them in a gift bag, a reusable bag from a clothing or retail store, or a tote box. Reach in and choose one to spark your next 15 minute writing session.
  • Snap photographs and print them, collect postcards, and cut pictures from magazines of settings that you find interesting. Paste them into a scrap book or toss into a picture box. Randomly select one to inspire writing.



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Purchase a large box of crayons. Spend time exploring the box, the various shades and the colour names given to each of the crayons. Let their unique names inspire your own descriptions of colours. Make a list of the colour names that spark a particular interest.


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Create a bucket list for a character.

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