Need a simple and fun way to sneak some writing into the busy days of December? I've got you covered! Below you will find 25 free-write prompts for the holiday season and winter. Here's how to get started:
1. Download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
2. Print & cut the prompts apart.
3. Pop them into a jar or basket.
4. Grab a notebook & pencil.
5. Reach in and select a prompt. No peeking!
6. Set the timer. (You choose the length of time.)
7. Start writing.
It's that simple! There's no need to worry about perfect spelling and mechanics right now. The goal is to get the creative juices flowing and to have fun!
Have a writer who isn't quite ready to write alone. No worries! Have her share her thoughts aloud while you write them down. You'll be spending valuable time together and she'll see that what she has to say matters. Together, you'll be paving the way to a connected writing relationship. Win! Win! Win!
The prompts are also listed below in case you'd prefer not to print!
1. Colors are often used to describe Christmas. Choose one color, any color, describe what a Christmas of that color would look like.
2. Imagine you just built a snowman. Write a story about what you would do with your snowman.
3. Choose a holiday treat to eat. Using your senses, write about what you ate. What did it taste like? Smell like? Feel like in your mouth?
4. Make a list of 10 holiday nouns. Then make a list of 8 descriptive words. Put your lists side by side and make phrases with them. Then choose one phrase and write about it.
5. Choose a letter and think of a word for each of the following categories. Using the words create some tongue twisters.
6. Imagine you just opened the best gift ever. Describe how you feel. What was in the package? Give as many details as you can.
7. Go back to one of your free-writes from this month. Choose one sentence that you think is really well-written. Put that at the top of a clean sheet of paper and start writing.
8. A blind person wants to know what your house looks like when it is decorated for the holidays. Describe it to them with lots of detail.
9. If I could give my ________________, just one gift, it would be __________. Describe that gift, how you feel when you give it and how the person reacts when it is opened.
10. Find one of your favorite holiday stories (or any story you have handy). Copy the last sentence onto a clean sheet of paper. Use that as the beginning of a new story.
11. Imagine that the trees are talking to each other at this time of year. Write a conversation between them. What are they saying?
12. What is something you love to do at the holidays? Write about it.
13. Imagine that you live in a gingerbread house. What would it be made of? What kinds of treats would decorate it? What would you do if you lived inside?
14. Try this word game with a sibling, parent or friend. Start with a holiday word like “Joyful.” The next person thinks of a word that starts with the last letter of the word. So, in this case “l” would start the word so you may choose “lights” as your word. Keep going back and forth until you have at least 20 words. Make sure you write them down as you go. Now choose one of the words from the list and use it to inspire a story or poem.
15. Make an advertisement for snowballs.
16. Write directions for how to build a snowman. Number the steps.
17. Spend some time watching the birds outside your window. Write about what they are doing this time of year.
18. Imagine racing down a hill on a sled. Write about the experience.
19. “Oh the weather outside is frightful…” Write about the frightful weather.
20. Write a secret note to someone in your house. Leave it somewhere for them to find.
21. You just made friends with a gingerbread person. What will you do together?
22. Look through magazines and catalogs to find a photo that reminds you of the holidays. Cut it out and use it for your free-write.
23. Make a holiday card for someone. Decorate the front, write a note on the inside and pop it in the mail. Better yet, deliver it in person, if you can.
24. Choose a holiday word and use it to write an acrostic poem. Write the word vertically on the left side of your paper. Write a word or phrase beginning with each letter of your word. They should describe your chosen word.
25. Fold your paper so that when you open it up you have 4 sections. In each section, write one of these words at the top. Lights, Cozy, Sweet, Family. Then, set your timer for 3 minutes. Jot down words and phrases that come to mind for one of these categories. Repeat for each section. Then file this away until the next time you free-write. When you come back to it, re-read what you wrote and see what stands out. Choose a word, a phrase, an entire category, or any combination and use it for the topic of your free-write.