ESL Creative Writing Prompt: Six Random Things (2)

When you are want to improve you English writing skills it is important to consistently practice writing in English. This ESL creative writing prompt is to give you an idea of something you can write about in English today. 

Today you will write a creative story. You can write about whatever you want…. BUT…. somewhere in your story you need to have the following six items: diamonds, a monkey, airplane, mirror, hot-dogs and a flute. 

You can choose to write your story about anything or you can base your story around these six things. You choose. Have fun!  












ESL Writing: Owls

In the picture above you see some owls in the snow. You will be doing several short writing activities about these owls. 

1. Describe the owls. What do they look like? What colors are they? Describe their bodies. 

2. Write a list about everything that you know about owls. 

-They have wings. 
-They sleep during the day. 

3. Write a list of questions you have about owls. 

Example Questions:
-How many years does the average owl live for?
-What do owls eat? 

4. Write a short story about what these owls do each day.

What does their daily life look like?
Where do they go?
What do they eat?
When/Where do they sleep? 

I hope you had fun thinking and writing about owls. As always, feel free to share your writing. 

English Writing Prompt | What Can’t you do at School or Work?

Think about school or work. Do you ever catch yourself about to do something and realize you can’t?

Make a list of things you cannot do at school or work.

Think about….
What are some things that you cannot do at school or work if you wanted to?
Why can’t you do these things?
Are they rude?
Would you be embarrassed?
Would they call the police?
Would you get kicked out of school or fired from your job if you did them?

Want to write some more? Now, write a story about a person that did those things that you shouldn’t do at school or work? What happened to them?

Creative Writing| A 120 Year Old Grandma…

Write a creative story in English about a 120 year old grandma that likes to run.

Questions to help you start writing:
1. When did the grandma start running?
2. Who many miles (or kilometers) does she run at a time?
3. Does she run alone? With friends?
4. What does her family think about her running so much?
5. What is her secret to being so physically fit at the age 120?
6. Does she run with other elderly people?
7. Has she ever ran a marathon?
8. Does she plan on stopping or retiring from running?
9. What are her best tips for other runners?
10. Does she wear any special shoes or clothes when she runs?
11. What is the most she has ever ran in one day?
12. What time of day does she prefer to run?
13. Why does the Grandma like to run?

8 Tips to Improve Your English Writing Skills

Strong writing skills in English come from practice and determination. No one is born an excellent writer. Learning to be an excellent writer in English takes a lot of time and practice. Anyone can be a good writer if they are determined enough.

Everyone has a different reason why they need to improve their writing. Maybe you need to improve your writing for work or for your English class at university. Or maybe you want to start a blog about learning English or you need to respond to emails in English for your business.

Below are 8 Tips to Improve Your English Writing Skills:

1. Keep All of your Writing in One Place
Buy a notebook or journal or start an electronic journal. By keeping your writing all in the same place, you will be able to see how much you are improving and keep it organized.

2. Practice Writing in English Daily
The importance of writing daily is that you start to create a new habit. Writing every day in English will soon become natural and something you look forward to. You will not see a significant improvement if you are not dedicated to becoming a better writer in English. You cannot create awesome stories and papers if you never try.

3. Pick a Topic and WRITE!
Don’t get stuck on figuring out what to write about. You can write about anything. You can write about what you do, things you hear or see, news, or make up a story. If you do get stuck, use some of English Tonight’s writing prompts to help you get started.

4. Write More than One Draft
Draft means a preliminary version of piece of writing. Sometimes, your best writing becomes better after you take a break and work on a second or third draft. When you revise (or rewrite) your work you are often able to get your message across more clearly. You make think of things that you did not think to write in the first draft and you can add it in a later draft.

5. Use Online Resources to Correct your Grammar
Yes, grammar is a pain. You don’t need to know everything about English grammar. Use online resources, such as Grammarly, GrammarCheck or to help you answer a grammar question when it comes up. You could also switch the spell and grammar check on MS Word, your iPad or Google Doc to check your spelling and grammar in English.

6. Think Outside the Box (or Lines)
Don’t write about the same thing every day or you will get bored. Try writing the same story from different perspectives or different tenses. If you are writing a story about a baby that won’t stop crying; first, it could be the mother telling the story; then from the perspective of the baby. Or you could write it in present moment…. ‘My baby hasn’t stopped crying in five days…’ and then write in the perspective of a pregnant woman that is thinking about having a baby that won’t stop crying. Don’t write about topics in the obvious way. Be creative!

7. Have a Friend Edit Your Writing
Have a friend that knows English correct or edit your work. Having another person read your work helps generate more ideas to better your writing. You could have them edit everything or just a part that you are stuck on. Often having another set of eyes look at your writing helps find mistakes that you have overlooked.

8. Find the Best Place for You to Write
You should try writing in different places or at different times of the day. Maybe you have writer’s block at night; try getting up 15 minutes earlier and writing in the morning. Maybe you have trouble writing where there is a lot of noise; try writing in a quiet and comfortable place. Experiment in finding the right (or write?) environment for you to write.

Writing is a process; the more you work on your writing the better it (and you) will get.

Thank you for reading this post on English Tonight. If you liked this article; try reading: 6 Tips to Help You Revise Your English Writing. 

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