Writing Prompt: Childhood

Once upon a time someone said something about how anyone who has had a childhood has something to write about.

I can’t remember where I read this comment. I wish I could give credit where credit is due as well as present you with the actual, well-stated quotation. Alas. I cannot. (If this stirs anyone’s memory and can point it out to me, please let me know!)

But the sentiment is quite true. Childhood is a powerful time. And everyone experiences it. Our growing up years shape us. Some are joyful. Some are tragic. Some are turbulent or dramatic or peaceful or humorous. All are complex.

Looking to childhood for inspiration presents a treasure trove of inspiration and insight.  This goes for you and for your characters. That’s why this week’s writing prompt is all about childhood. Scroll on to give it a try and see where it leads.



Tell a story about the two children in the photo. What are they doing now? Who are they? What do their lives look like? Who will they become?

Journal about your earliest memory. Think back on an important moment in your growing up and write about it. Describe your childhood bedroom, a classroom, the neighborhood pool.

Visit a character when he or she was a child. How did the events and circumstances of their childhood make them who they are, for good or ill? What does your character remember as significant? (Is their memory reliable?) Watch them interact with surroundings and family members when they are young. You just may gain some valuable insight that will make them well-rounded characters that engage your readers.

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