Play with Your Words Writing Prompt #29: Take a Seat

This week’s creative writing prompt will ask you to practice your characterization skills or to exercise your descriptive writing with a focus on setting.

Look at the picture below:

Chairs for Writing Prompt
Choose a chair for a setting or character-based writing exercise.

Choose one chair.

Describe the character (or critter) that would have that chair in his home or her office or its bedroom, or who might wish to own the chair. What does that chair say about that character’s personality? About her hopes and plans, his fears and challenges. Now create a scene in which this chair is featured. Reveal what you’ve learned about your character through his or her actions, speech, and thoughts.


Describe a room in which this chair sits. What sits beside it? What other furnishings are in the room? Is it carpeted, slate floored, out-of-doors? What is the mood of the space? Time of day? Now, create a scene that takes place in this environment you have created. Bring in two or more characters and have them interact. Be sure your chair makes an appearance in the scene.

When done share your choice of chair and your writing with your writing partners. Compliment each other on the strengths you see in the writing. Ask questions concerning the things about which you would like to know more.

Have fun together!

For Preschoolers:   Show him the picture of the chairs. Ask her to pick a chair she likes. Talk about the chair a little bit. Ask him who the chair belongs to, what this character or critter is like, and what kind of things the character or critter who likes this chair would like. Write down the child’s response and leave room for her to draw her own picture of the person and the chair.

When done, read the child’s words back to him, pointing to each word as you say it (to reinforce the one-to-one relationship of spoken and written word). Display your child’s handiwork somewhere she can enjoy it and share it with others.

These chairs were featured in an ad for Furniture by Lee, in the November 2010 issue of Traditional Home magazine.


Play With Your Words! Art Prompt # 3: From Character to Story

Lets start a story with a character.

Who is the figure below? What might this character’s world be like? What is important to this character? What kinds of conflicts and challenges might this character face?

Write a description of this character and then write the story. (For those working with young children, encourage them to talk about the character and tell a story)

This character is a creation of Mary Ennis Davis of Crow River Studio. To view more of her wonderful work, go to


Play With Your Words # 17 Photo/Story

Below is a photo of my fireplace mantle. Pick a character (or two or three) and write a scene or story that features them. As you create your scene remember to create a setting for your characters to move around in, some action for them to perform, maybe even a conflict for them to resolve, and dialogue to facilitate their interaction with each other.