22 Writing Prompts from The Moth

The Moth recently started an awesome new educational initiative called The Storytelling School. Every Tuesday, the Moth posts a new story and provides writing prompts and activities based on the story theme to get people writing and speaking creatively.

The program shares inspiring stories, provides resources and material for teachers and parents at home, and allows people to practice the craft of storytelling.

Our Humor That Works team has loved reading, learning, and talking about these stories. Here is a list of 22 writing prompts from the Moth we found the most inspiring. Make sure to check out the fresh story next Tuesday!

Thoughts and Feelings

  • Tell us about a time you helped a friend even when it wasn’t in your own best interest.
  • Tell us about a time you felt jealous of your younger, braver self.
  • Tell us about a time you felt inspired by your younger, braver self.

Truth

  • Have you ever done something other people thought you were too old to do?
  • Have you ever found a new passion?

Show vs Tell

  • Tell us about a childhood hero.
  • Tell us about a time you were your own hero.

Inspiration

  • Tell us about a time you had a chance to thank one of your heroes.
  • Tell us about a time you discovered you’d inspired someone.
  • Tell us about a time you were determined to do something, even if it felt dangerous.

Detail

  • Can you think of a time you trusted a family member or friend (for better or for worse)? 

Stakes

  • Have you ever had a moment where you saw yourself differently? 
  • Have you ever drawn a self-portrait?

Character

  • Tell us about a time someone you love gave you the gift you needed.

Be Honest, Be Real

  • Have you ever been called something that you decided to take as a compliment? 
  • Have you ever tried something you saw on YouTube? 

Change

  • Have you ever seen someone you’ve known your whole life in a new way?
  • Have you ever had friends or family members push you to do something new?
  • Have you ever had a good time when you thought you wouldn’t?

Critical Choices

  • Tell us about an important teacher or mentor in your life and what they taught you.
  • Tell us about a time you talked with someone about big ideas for hours.
  • Tell us about a time you realized there was more to yourself than you knew.

Humor and storytelling are closely linked. Hopefully these writing prompts get your creative thoughts going and help you to write a story worth telling.

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