25 Creative Writing Prompts for Seniors
Just the words “creative writing” sounds freeing. We all have something to say, and creative writing gives us the space we need to express the ideas that are bustling around in our brain. Creative writing gives us the liberty to make up stories or tell real ones in whatever voice or style we choose. In addition, starting and finishing a story, however short or long, can be one of the most satisfying feelings you’ll experience.
And as an older adult, you have so much experience to pull from. It’s actually one of the best parts of writing at this age. You can either recount or reimagine different periods of your life and put them into story form. That process can feel rejuvenating and there are studies that show creative writing can even help improve your mental health.
Lise Leroux, one of our creative writing hosts at Boomerang, says that “Creative writing unearths forgotten elements within ourselves and reactivates them for other people to learn from.”
There is a catch, though. As liberating as creative writing can be, with so much freedom, it's difficult to figure out where to start. Having a plethora of memories and experiences to choose is a great source of content, but if you don’t know where to start, it can become overwhelming.
That’s why we’re here. We know how tough it can be to come up with story ideas, so we’ve prepared 25 creative writing prompts to get your juices flowing.
Try these creative writing prompts
If you’re ever in a rut or just need some fresh inspiration, grab your journal or computer, and try writing to any of these 25 creative writing prompts.
What’s a place you’ve always wanted to visit? Why do you want to go and why haven’t you gone yet?
What have you been grateful for this year?
What was your favourite age and why? And if you were to give a piece of advice to someone who’s currently that age, what would it be?
What are five things that bring you joy in your everyday life?
If you could master one skill, what would it be and why?
Write about your first year of retirement. What surprised you? Scared you? How did you prepare?
What was the most memorable year of your life? Why?
If you have children, compare what it was like raising them as toddlers and preteens to what it was like parenting them as adults.
Describe the fear of sharing your story publicly. What are you most afraid of?
Describe your day from the perspective of someone else you live with. For example, how would your partner describe your day? If not your partner, choose your pet.
You are part of the scientific team that is working on a pill to extend life by 50 years.
You have eight hours to leave the country before the climate becomes unlivable. Where do you go, what do you do, and how do you leave?
The CRA has made a mistake and for one month; you have no access to your money. What would you do?
You win a special lottery that only gives you one week to spend $10 million. What do you spend it on?
You get to spend the day with the person you most admired as a child. Describe that experience.
What if you could live life backwards from today?
The government agrees to give you your own island for as long as you want.
You wake up in a new country with nothing but your clothes.
You’ve become part of your favourite book. Describe your interactions with the characters.
Write a story about the last dream you remember.
Pretend you were ten years old imagining your future life. Bonus points if you can write in the voice of a ten-year-old.
You’ve become the Prime Minister of Canada. Describe your first 100 days.
Tell stories that your parents told you.
On that same note, is there a generational story you can tell that connects your grandparents to your grandchildren?
What was the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
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Boomerang can help refine your creative writing skills
The freedom and possibility makes creative writing so alluring. “The thing about downloading what’s in our heads and splashing it onto paper is that it’s easier to ‘see’ what happened and why,” explains Lise Leroux, who leads a workshop on storytelling. “We can work through our past, which is completely cathartic. With fiction, we can craft alternative endings, change up characters, get rid of a dodgy ex-husband, marry the prince, and discover what our life could have been like. Sometimes we discover we actually like what we have, and this gets that yearning for something else out of our systems.”
About Lise Leroux, Creative Writing Host at Boomerang
Lise is an international life cycle celebrant and wedding officiant who creates and delivers personalized ceremonies for people experiencing change or transition, whether that be weddings, retirement, divorce, or lifestyle. She has married people in helicopters, yachts, on mountain tops and in forests. She teaches health and wellness topics online across Canada for Morneau Shepell in Toronto, and over the years has specialized in communication, creativity and management topics for many well-known companies globally, including NASA, Microsoft, the BBC, Celebrity Cruises, and the Cabinet Office. She parachuted into her own wedding and unfortunately landed on a sheep, which she stayed friends with although not the (now ex) husband. She recently moved back to Canada from the UK, is a published novelist and immersive theatre playwright, and lives in Kelowna, BC. See more of Lise’s celebrant work at www.reimaginecelebrations.com or her writing at www.LiseLeroux.com.
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