Category Archives: Writing Prompt

October 25, 2016

10 Things Only Athletes Understand

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Basketball. Soccer. Dance. Swimming. Tennis. Hockey. Baseball. Karate. Running. Lacrosse. Gymnastics. What’s your sport? Or maybe you just love exercise and fitness in general. Well then this one’s for you. On your mark. Get Set. Go!

10 Things Only Athletes Understand

10. Your dad forgot to wash your uniform and your game is in 10 minutes.
9. Your friends are on the OTHER team.
8. How gross your socks smell after a game. We’re talking bad. Really bad.
7. You are EXHAUSTED after practice!
6. That feeling when you first see your new uniform. With your number. And your name. Glorious.
5. Pre-game superstitions.
4. You still want to go to practice the day after you fracture your wrist.
3. Your best friend wants a playdate, but you can’t because you have practice.
2. Losing sometimes. Ughh!
1. Even if you lose, you still LOVE your sport and would do it all again in a heartbeat.

Let us know your sport or sports, and the problems you battle – in the Comments below!

- Ratha

October 24, 2016

Murphy Dog Create a Caption

Ruff Ruff! This dog looks like he’s taking a quick break from a fun game of fetch! What would you say he is thinking?

Murphy

Here’s my caption: “I’m just taking a breather! Don’t try and take my ball; this game isn’t over till I say it’s over!”

Write YOUR caption in the Comments below!

Megan

October 13, 2016

Create a Caption: Oh Brother!

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For those of you who have brothers or have friends with brothers, don’t brothers act like they are invincible? I don’t know about you, but ever since I was little, growing up with my older brother, he’s always been the take-charge type. Forget about what I wanted to do because it was either his way or the highway.

Even to this day, twenty-some years later, he still thinks like he’s some sort of almighty sibling, and I have the picture below to prove it!

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Since my brother thinks he’s so superior (HAHA) standing atop those rocks, fill in what you think he’s saying.

— Carly M.

October 7, 2016

Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes

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professor-mcgonagallHappy Birthday, Professor McGonagall!

Happy Birthday on October 8 to one of our favorite teachers of all time – Minerva McGonagall!

Born half-blood to a Muggle father and witch mother, she attended Hogwarts from 1947-1954. She was engaged to be married but ran away to work for the Ministry of Magic. Years later, she married another man – her old boss at The Ministry of Magic, but he was tragically bitten by a deadly Venomous Tentacula. She then threw herself into her work as Hogwarts Transfiguration Professor, advisor and close friend to Dumbledore, and head of Gryffindor. To celebrate, we’re rolling out our Top 10 Professor McGonagall Quotes as written by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter series.

  1. “He’ll be famous—a legend—I wouldn’t be surprised if today was known as Harry Potter Day in the future—there will be books written about Harry—every child in our world will know his name!” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  2. “Potter, this is Oliver Wood. Wood – I’ve found you a Seeker.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  3. “Don’t tell me what I can and can’t do, Potter.” (Sorcerer’s Stone)
  4. ‘We’ll leave it to you, then, Gilderoy, Tonight will be an excellent time to do it. We’ll make sure everyone’s out of your way. You’ll be able to tackle the monster all by yourself. A free reign at last. (Chamber of Secrets)
  5. “Sybill Trelawney has predicted the death of one student a year since she arrived at this school. None of them has died yet. Seeing death omens is her favorite way of greeting a new class.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  6. “You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will excuse me if I don’t let you off homework today. I assure you that if you do die, you need not hand it in.” (Prisoner of Azkaban)
  7. “Moody, is that a student? Moody, we never use transfiguration as a punishment!” (Goblet of Fire)
  8. “Are you quite sure you wouldn’t like a cough drop, Dolores? (Order of the Phoenix)
  9. “We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” (Deathly Hallows)
  10. “Hogwarts is threatened! Man the boundaries, protect us, do your duty to our school!” (Deathly Hallows

Do you see any of your faves? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments below. Class dismissed!

-Ratha

Image courtesy Warner Bros.

October 6, 2016

Create A Caption Panda

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Oh, New York City . . . There is always so much to see! Whether it be the New York Public Library, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central Park, a man dressed up in a panda suit, Columbus Circle, Wall Street, or Times Square, one’s eyes could never get bored. Hold it and back up . . . a man in a panda suit? Yep, that’s right! Such is everyday life in the city that never sleeps . . .

I know that when I spotted this spectacle, I was definitely thinking, “What in the world is a man doing dressed up in a panda suit in the middle of Times Square?!” I just wonder what he was thinking.

So it’s time to participate in: “What In The World Was That Guy/Panda Thinking?”

Pandaman

Leave a comment with what you think goes in the thought bubble.

— Carly M.

October 4, 2016

Spooky Book Blurb Writing Prompt

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It Was  Dark and Stormy Night . . . .

Have fun with this cover for a completely nonexistent book by an absolutely nonexistent author:

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Now it’s up to YOU to write the description for the back cover. If this were a real book, what would it be about? Leave a comment with your book blurb — if you dare. . .

— Karen

October 3, 2016

Start on Page 56

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Writing PromptYou may be familiar with this game but if not, here is how it works:

  1. Grab the book closest to you. Now!
  2. Go to page 56.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Write that sentence as your comment, and say what book it’s from.

The most important thing is that you DO NOT go looking for your favorite book or the coolest one you have — just grab the closest one!

Here’s my contribution:
“I was painting one of the new dwarfs that one of Mum’s friends had bought me.”
From Ways to Live Forever by Sally Nicholls

So leave a Comment and let’s see what you come up with!

— Karen

September 26, 2016

Random Weirdness Writing Prompt

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This is totally true. In my lifetime, I have swum in an underground cave. I have eaten fried crickets. I have walked through a park filled with hundreds and hundreds of stray cats. And I have watched a movie with the Queen of England. (Well, she was in the balcony and I was down below with the secret service agents, but we were in the same theater!)

Now we want to hear from you. Tell us about the weird and wonderful things you have done in your lifetime! The only rules are:

  • No inappropriate stuff.
  • No personal information about who you are or where you live.
  • Have fun!

Please leave a Comment sharing your wonderful weirdness with the world!

Sonja, STACKS Staffer

September 22, 2016

Writing Prompt: Almost. . .

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Imagine of just one small thing were different about your favorite book. It would change the entire plot, right? So, I’d like to propose a game. Take the title of a book, then change one small thing, even just one letter, and give me the new plot. Example:

Hurry Potter

Hurrypotter
Harry Potter has to run really fast all the time for no reason.

Give me your best/most ridiculous book titles and plots!

— Jack

September 20, 2016

Create a Caption: Frog

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Q: What did the bathtub say to the toilet?
A: You look flushed.

Q: What did one hat say to the other hat?
A: You stay here. I’m gonna go on a head!

Q: What did the frogs say to the ducks?

You tell me!

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Leave a comment telling me what you think should go in the speech bubble for when the toys on my desk have a (hilarious) conversation.

– Carly