Suspense Writing Prompts

"I don't know what to write about!" How often have you heard that lament? Here's a list of 10 prompts that provide a starting place for suspense stories.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Introduce writers to the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest and have individuals submit their entries for this year's contest
  • For other suspense story starters check out Chris Van Allsburg's The Mysteries of Harris Burdick
  • Once kids have chosen their prompt, have them use one of the attached graphic organizers to plan their story
  • The quirky openings are sure to prompt the creative imagination of young writers
  • Although designed for fifth graders, the prompts would work well with any age group
  • The resource contains only a list of prompts