Writing Prompt Pit Stop

Welcome to Writing Prompt Pit Stop! In a few days it’s St. Valentine’s Day. A day for lovers and love. Some people are lucky in love and have found, or at least have experienced, a true love. Others of us are still waiting for that day; hopefully, not being cynical about love, or giving up on it altogether. However, it is hard not to be over all of the over sized pink and red hearts, sappy cards, chocolates in heart shaped boxes and those pastel, pure sugar, candy hearts with sayings like “Be Mine” and “Hug Me,” that now appear shortly after Christmas.

Does anyone remember those valentines exchanged in elementary classrooms, where you got to make your own valentine’s card box and take it into school in hopes of cashing in on the most valentines, or maybe a secret admirer writing something special on a card dropped into that carefully decorated box? Or, how about when you got to be the one to bring in the valentines cookies or candy to share with the entire class? Do they even allow things like that anymore? I have no idea!

Anyway, I wrote up a prompt for my creative writing students this week, and as I was writing it I decided it would also be a good time to share it here too. So here is your thirty-third prompt:

“Cupid’s Arrow: Hit or Miss?”

1) In your daybook write about what Valentine’s Day means to you as a romantic person. Are you one of the “lucky” ones that have been struck by Cupid’s arrow and found true love? How do you celebrate? Do you still have romance after all of these years? Is it a brand new romance? What is your favorite love song? What’s your favorite gift? Write about your most memorable Valentine’s Day.

2) What about the flip side? Are you one of the “unlucky” ones that Cupid has missed with all of those arrows? Write about your feelings of Valentine’s Day. Does it make you fume with all of the hype? Do you feel lonelier on this day than any other, or is it just a day you choose to ignore? What love song do you despise? Write down how you really feel about all of those sappy greeting cards and gushy couples.

3) Write a valentine to someone anonymously. Send it. Or don’t. Write about an unrequited love. Write about a love lost, but you can’t get over. Write about a memory from elementary/middle school/high school on Valentine’s Day.

4) Utilize any of these prompt ideas and write for 10 minutes or until you exhaust the idea. Once you get something written down, revise it by expanding on what you have or by cutting it down if it needs it, just keep revising it until you’re happy with your result. Any of these prompt ideas can lend themselves to a poem, a memoir, an essay, a story, or a play.

As with all writing, this “Cupid’s Arrow: Hit or Miss?” writing should be fun! And I remind you that if you ever want to share any successes or attempts that you get from these prompts, don’t hesitate to let me know. You can contact me here.

Look for another prompt next Wednesday! Until then, keep writing!


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