Writing prompt: newspaper headlines
YOUNG WRITER CAN’T THINK OF WHAT TO WRITE NEXT
Want to write a story but just… don’t have a story to tell?
Find the nearest newspaper to you (or just hop to an online news site) and pick a headline. DON’T READ ANYTHING ABOUT THE STORY BEYOND THE HEADLINE.
It’s your job to write a short story that matches the headline you have chosen. You could even write it in a newsy tone of voice, or write a news report.
Don’t have a newspaper close at hand? Here are some headlines I found in today’s paper alone:
UGG BOOT FACTORY TO BECOME HIPSTER APARTMENTS
WOULD YOU PAY $22,000 FOR A DOG? THIS MAN DID. HERE’S WHY
AUSTRALIAN ASTRONOMERS FIND A COSMIC MONSTER THAT’S GROWING FAST
Seriously! Headlines are a goldmine for ideas. It might also be fun to return to your newspaper article, once your own story is finished, to see how close to the truth you were.