A List Of 15 Topics To Spark Your Imagination

A List Of 15 Topics To Spark Your Imagination

Writer's Block can be a pain.
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Recently I have been drawing blanks on what to write for almost all of my assignments, but luckily I have one for this article which will hopefully help me with what I need to complete this week.

I`m in a creative writing course and currently in a poetry unit. To me a poem needs to have meaning. They need to allow a person to interpret it in a way that will allow them to connect and connect with the information provided. Coming up with a topic for a poem (or any kind of writing) can be a challenge, so, I thought I would make a list of ideas to spark some creativity.

1. Weather/Nature

Write about how the sun is hidden longer while the snow falls, how the flowers force their way out of the ground, searching for what will make them grow. Relate it to a personal experience. Go out and explore the woods. Let nature inspire you.

2. Broken Relationships

Everyone has had at least one, whether it is a friend, parent, or significant other. Expand on it. Why did they leave? Why haven't they returned? Look at what made it hurt so much. Let that pain fuel your imagination.

3. Love

But don't use the word in your piece. Say you love with your actions. Love with your eyes, your ears, your work, and your mind. Talk about the love you had for your childhood swing set or your first trip to Disney. Talk about the first time you said the word and meant it.

4. Nighttime/Dusk

The beginning and end of a day are entriguing. The peace or fear that comes along with being alone and obseriving the world is something to think about. Note the stars or how your can`t see your hand in front of your face.

5. Favorite color

It can just be a color, or it can be the color of your favorite sweatshirt, fading from existence. It can be a rainbow, a pot of gold (in the St. Patrick`s Day mood still). It can be the color that reflects your mood and thoughts. It can be the color you wish you could be.

6. Favorite animal

Write about your favorite pet, the good and bad. Pick an endangered species and reason with people as to why they should care. Look into the animal testing that occurs. Talk about the puppy you got for your eighth birthday.

7. Hope

Write about something happy. How your best friend recovered from cancer, how your parents got you out of a bad situation. What it would be like if the world were a perfect place. How to make a change, a difference in our lives and the lives of others.

8. Be inspired by another poet

Read Poe, Dickinson, or Whitman. Find a style you like. Read. Expand your mind and knowledge. There are more important things to do than wait for the perfect poem to come along. Sometimes all it takes is a little push from someone you respect.

9. Counter arguments

We all disagree with something, so why not use it to "fix" the problem? Give your opinion. Write what you feel. Let your passion shine through.

10. Writing

Write about writing. It may seem silly, but having an outlet for the struggles of writing can help one develop more skills. When you have writing as your theme, there really aren't any limits.

11. Social media

There is a lot that goes on every day, different stories on kids being kids, dogs living a better life than you are, and memes. Talk about your favorite/least favorite site. Describe the benefits and negative impact it can have on someone's life when used for the wrong reasons.

12. Politics

This is a big category. Talk about the policies, state your opinion, give suggestions, try and encourage others to stand for what they believe in. Stand for what you believe in. Talk about the difficulties we may face and what we have already overcome.

13. Journey

Travel opens so many doors for people. They gain more of a global/cultural understanding and awareness. Write about a vacation you went on. Talk about somewhere you want to go, somewhere you haven't been. Take some time and do a little research. Talk about someone else's ideal trip. Talk about hardships in life and how to overcome them.

14. Shoes

Talk about your old pair of Converse; where have they been? What have they walked through? What is it that makes your Nike shoes your favorite? Talk about what it takes to keep the shoe from falling apart, what kind of things they have endured.

15. Yourself

You are an interesting topic because no one knows you as well as you do...most of the time. Each person is unique and they all have a story to tell, they just need some one to listen, and with a poem, you can do so much more than tell, you can make other people feel the pain you do as well.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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15 Thing Only Early 2000's Kids Will Understand

"Get connected for free, with education connection"

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This is it early 2000's babies, a compilation finally made for you. This list is loaded with things that will make you swoon with nostalgia.

1. Not being accepted by the late 90's kids.

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Contrary to what one may think, late 90's and early 00's kids had the same childhood, but whenever a 00's kid says they remember something on an "only 90's kids will understand" post they are ridiculed.

2. Fortune tellers.

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Every day in elementary school you would whip one of these bad boys out of your desk, and proceed to tell all of your classmates what lifestyle they were going to live and who they were going to marry.

3.Bunnicula

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You could never read this book past 8 o'clock at night out of fear that your beloved pet rabbit would come after you.

4. Silly bands.

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You vividly remember begging your parents to buy you $10 worth of cheap rubber bands that vaguely resembles the shape of an everyday object.

5. Parachutes.

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The joy and excitement that washed over you whenever you saw the gym teacher pull out the huge rainbow parachute. The adrenaline that pumped through your veins whenever your gym teacher tells you the pull the chute under you and sit to make a huge "fort".

6. Putty Erasers

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You always bought one whenever there was a school store.

7. iPod shuffle.

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The smallest, least technological iPpd apple has made, made you the coolest kid at the bus stop.

8. "Education Connection"

You knew EVERY wood to the "Education Connection" commercials. Every. Single.Word.

9. " The Naked Brothers Band"

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The "Naked Brothers Band" had a short run on Nickelodeon and wrote some absolute bangers including, "Crazy Car' and "I Don't Wanna Go To School"

10. Dance Dance Revolution

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This one video game caused so many sibling, friend, and parent rivalries. This is also where you learned all of your super sick dance moves.

11. Tamagotchi

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Going to school with fear of your Tamagotchi dying while you were away was your biggest worry.

12. Gym Scooters

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You, or somebody you know most likely broke or jammed their finger on one of these bad boys, but it was worth it.

13. Scholastic book fairs

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Begging your parents for money to buy a new book, and then actually spending it on pens, pencils, erasers, and posters.

14.Go-Gurt

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Who knew that putting yogurt in a plastic tube made it taste so much better?

15. Slap Bracelets

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Your school probably banned these for being "too dangerous".

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