Here are 10 winter entertainment writing prompts you can use to ring in the season with your classroom or your own personal journal. If you enjoyed these prompts, buy the entire collection of 1,000 Writing Prompts for Seasons on Amazon.
In Joni Mitchell's song Urge for Going, she makes it seem like everyone and
everything wants to leave when winter closes in. Would you say that's accurate?
Why or why not? Have you ever felt like leaving your town for greener pastures
during the winter? Why or why not?
In the movie An Affair to Remember,
the character Terry McKay said, "Winter must be cold for those with no
warm memories." What does it mean to have a warm memory? Would you agree
that people without that kind of memories would act colder? Why or why not?
The narrator in the song California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas states
that he'd be "safe and warm" if he was on the west coast during the
coldest months. Would you rather live in a place that was warm all year round,
even if you'd miss out on playing in the snow? Why or why not?
In the famous horror movie The Shining,
the main character goes crazy when he's cooped up in a hotel in the middle of
nowhere during the winter. Do you ever get restless when you're not able to go
outside in the winter? Why or why not?
The song Early Winter by Gwen Stefani refers to an impending breakup as an
"early winter." Do you think of an early winter as an upsetting
thing? Why or why not? Why do you think songs and poems often use winter to
refer to something negative?
The movie Groundhog Day shows a
grumpy newscaster having to re-live the same winter day over and over again
until he gets it right. What would you do if you had to live the same 24 hours
over many times in a row during the winter? How would you pass the time and
The television show St. Elsewhere, a
medical drama from the 1980s, ended its series by revealing that the entire
universe of the show was the daydream of an autistic child staring into a snow
globe. What would you do if you found out that part or all of your life was
nothing but a dream? How would you live life differently and why?
The movie The Day After Tomorrow
shows part of the world descending into an ice age with the people having to
survive the new landscape. How would your life change if your town became
year-long arctic wasteland? Would you consider moving? Why or why not?
In the Seinfeld episode The Strike,
we are introduced to a winter holiday called Festivus that includes a metal
pole and an airing of the grievances. If you could create a winter holiday,
what would it be called, what activities would it involve, and would your
family enjoy it? Why or why not?
720. In the bleak winter movie A Simple Plan, a group of friends and
family members find $4 million worth of cash in the middle of nowhere. What
would you do if you found that much money that didn't belong to you and why?
Would the situation be different if you found the cash with some friends? Why
or why not?
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Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on Google+ and Facebook.