Creativity, writing prompts

Stubbs the Lizard

This is a picture of Stubbs, my younger son’s bearded dragon lizard when she was younger and smaller. (Please excuse the slightly messy countertop, as I think she enjoyed a bath just before this scene.) Here, she has just received a wonderful new gift… a (fake) ant hill. My son loaded it with crickets from the pet store, and Stubbs is munching them down when they crawl out. There is a stopper in the foreground, which plugs the hole, to save some snacks for later.

If you could have any pet in the world, what would it be? (Please don’t say crickets, as then I would have to feel really sorry about feeding them to Stubbs.) What would you like to give your pet, so he or she enjoys living in your habitat? Write out your story and send it to me. 🙂




Fiction, writing prompts



Think of a story or article you have recently read. Think about how the piece was written from a particular Point of View.

Now, re-write the piece from another point of view.

Using the photo above, you could write from the woman’s point of view: how she met the guy, why they’ve taken this trip, and how she’s feeling and thinking about all of this.

Next write the scene from the guy’s point of view. How does he feel about her? What are his hopes?


Did you think of this as a romance?

What if the man is her father or long-lost brother and she’s just met him?

The possibilities are endless.

Things to keep in mind with point of view:

  • Imagine you (as the writer) are inside the mind of just the one character at a time. No jumping around. You also cannot say things or write down things unless they are what the character would think and feel.
  • When switching points of view, there must be some sort of break. When it’s conversation, but everything else is one person’s point of view, just a new line will suffice.

Now write something.

Have fun!