Are you looking for amazing creative writing prompts? I have a great resource for you!
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Amazing Creative Writing Prompts: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
When I first made the decision to homeschool, I was touched by the outpouring of support from friends and family. A dear friend of mine, who also happens to be a phenomenal teacher (I know this because I met her when we were both in the trenches!), gave us a very special book as a “welcome to homeschool” gift. The book is called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg. Is there any better gift than a book, folks? I think not!
My friend gave this book to us because it serves as amazing creative writing motivation. In The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, Van Allsburg does not disappoint. His illustrations are fascinating, as always. Let me share a couple of our favorites to give you an idea of the book’s awesomeness.
Don’t you guys want to grab a pen and some paper after seeing those just now? The illustrations and captions are perfect writing prompts, folks. So, this morning, when Leo rediscovered this favorite of ours and asked if he could spend the morning writing a story based on a particular illustration, of course I said yes!
While he was plugging away on his story, I took to the internet and discovered that there is an entire website devoted to The Mysteries of Harris Burdick with oodles of tips for using this book as a creative writing tool. I also learned that many adults, including the one and only Stephen King, have written stories based on this book!
Tell me, how do you teach creative writing? What are your family’s favorite creative writing prompts? Do you have a book that you adore? Do you do something else? Please share your ideas and tips with this rookie homeschooler!
Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.
That is one of my favorite pictures books! It came out around my first year of teaching and I loved using it for writing prompts!
Thanks for the shoutout! And I love that book too. 🙂
You’re welcome. It is such a great book, isn’t it? 🙂