Creative Nonfiction Prompts

  1. What is a moment in time that had a critical impact on shaping you into who you are today?
  2. What is an important lesson that you learned from a family member that affects how you see your relationship with them or your relationship with others?
  3. How would you tell from you own perspective about a life event in someone else’s life that has affected you?
  4. When was the first time you fell in love or understood the power of love (romantic or platonic)?
  5. When was the first time you realized you were wrong? How did this impact you later on in life?
  6. What is one thing that you created that you felt immensely proud of?
  7. What did you learn from your favorite book?
  8. What was the happiest moment in your life so far? What did that moment teach you?
  9. What was the saddest moment in your life so far? What did that moment teach you?
  10. Was there ever a time when someone you looked up to let you down? How did that moment impact your relationship with them? How does that moment influence what you do today?
  11. What is a question(s) you have learned to ask yourself or others? Why did you come to ask that question(s)? What did you learn from the answer(s)?
  12. What is your favorite life story? Whose is it? What have you learned from it?
  13. What is an important moment in time for a person who is important to you? Why is it important to them? Why are they important to you? What have you learned from them?
  14. What is an “Aha!” moment that you had with yourself?
  15. If you could write to your past self or your future self, what would be important to tell them?

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