What’s in Your Creative Writing Toolbox?

NEW PODCAST! Creative Writing Toolbox (Part 1 & 2)

Creative writing toolbox? What toolbox? I fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to writing!

Creative writing? What’s that? We are so busy following our strict writing curriculum we never have time for creative writing?

You have a toolbox? What’s in it? I’m always running out of ideas of things to write about?

If one, some or all of these questions sound like you, keep reading! Then listen to this week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast, “Creative Writing Toolbox.” Then go back to Season One of CWC and listen to the episode, “Writing Lessons: YOU Can Do It!”

I like to refer to my creative writing activities as my “toolbox.” My goal is to not only help my children become competent writers but more importantly, I want my children to love the creative writing process and to appreciate the value of creative writing process. I am “building” creative thinkers, persuasive speakers, and eloquent writers. Like you, I run out of ideas and steam so it is nice to have a “toolbox” handy with ideas, activities, and resources I can just pull out and use on any give day for any given problem.

The basic tools in my creative writing toolbox are the following:

  • Daily Journal Writing
  • Story Starters
  • Writing Prompts
  • Story Titles
  • List Making Suggestions
  • Questions and “Which is Better”/ “What If”
  • Creative Writing Games and Word Games
  • Wordless Picture Books
  • Photographs of interesting doors, gates, bridges, and houses
  • Landscape Pictures
  • Lots of food
  • Poetry exercises
  • Fairytales, Fables, and Tall Tales
  • Meaningful Writing activities (birthday cards, thank you cards, invitations, emails, etc)

Over the years, I have collected writing prompt resources and story starter ideas, websites, and games. I record simple and thought-provoking questions to ask and ideas for lists. I keep on hand picture books, poetry books, and wordless picture books and read aloud all kinds of fables, fairytales, myths, and tall tales for inspiration. I collect interesting photographs of people, places, and things. I never seem to run out of writing prompts or activities with my handy dandy toolbox full of ideas, activities, games, and books.

The main goal is to WRITE SOMETHING (anything….) EVERY DAY!

A goal like that might sound daunting but not if you have a creative writing toolbox.

For ideas on how to use the tools listed above, LISTEN to this week and next week’s Coffee With Carrie Podcast.

All of the resources mentioned in “Creative Writing Toolbox (Part 1 and 2)” are listed below. Also check out Coffee With Carrie on Instagram. Many of the activities mentioned in this episode are shared in past posts. After you read them, don’t forget to save them for future reference.


resources mentioned in the podcast

The “Writing Lessons: YOU Can Do It!” Coffee With Carrie Podcast

Coffee With Carrie on Instagram (Writing Idea Posts)

642 Big Things to Write About: Young Writer’s Edition: (Writing Prompt Journal for Kids) by Valencia

Wreck this journal! By Keri Smith

3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids by Modern Kid Press

Fun Journal Prompts for Kids by June and Lucy Kids

A Question a Day Journal for Kids: 365 Days to Capture Memories and Express Yourself by Mary Anne Kochenderfer

Story Starters: Creative Writing Prompts for Kids Online Game

The Story Telling Game by Heather Collins

Read My List! Game by Educational Insights

Apples to Apples by Mattel

Tall Tale Story Telling Board Game

Once Upon A Time Card Game

Rory’s Story Cubes

Rhyme Out! Game by Educational Insights

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

GoodNight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Tuesday by Weisner

The Journey by Becker

Good Dog  Carl by Alexandra Day

The Red Book by Lehman

Real Story of the Three little Pigs by Jon Scieska

The Other Side of the Story:  Fairytales with a Twist by Eric Braun

Katie and the Sunflowers by James Meyhew (and the Katie Series)

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Personification)

The Tale of the Three Trees by Angela Hunt (Personification)

Aesop Fables

Pourquoi Tales (or Origin Stories)

Bing.com for daily photographs

Tom Swiftly Puns

Hinky Pink Riddles

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