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Today is an auspicious day. Why? Well — today is Joe Bunting’s birthday. Yes, the founder of The Write Practice, Joe Bunting, woke up this morning one year older. All it took was one day to tip the balance to a new number.

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I told Joe I was going to write about how painting a picture is like writing, or I was going to make a story game with showing and not telling. And I will, in two weeks, but not today. Not when I found out today is the birthday of the founder of The Write Practice.

First a song,

“Happy Birthday to you!
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday Dear Joe Bunnnnnnnnn-ting,
Happy Birthday to you.”

But without further ado!

10 Birthday Writing Prompts

Today we have several options for writing prompts. Actually, there are ten writing prompts. I won’t tell you how old Joe is. But I will give you a hint. His age is how ever many writing prompts we have today times three.

One: Write about one of your birthdays. You have a birthday every year. You do. Really. What do you want to tell us? If you have stopped having birthdays, write a story about the character in your stories birthday. My mother is thirty-four every year. I am now older than she is.

Two: Write an original  Happy Birthday song to Joe, to the tune of Happy Birthday. 

Here is mine:

Happy Birthday to you.
Happy Birthday to you.
Your favorite color is orange,
Which doesn’t rhyme with blue,
I hope this year is great,
Because you are not a Gnu.
(Which rhymes with blue.)


Three: Write about a birthday cake. It doesn’t have to be your own cake, it could be someone else’s cake. And, if you want to —you can have your cake and eat it too.

Four: Make a knock- knock joke for Joe Bunting’s birthday. As in –

Who’s there?
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn’t say blue.

Five:  Write a story about the silverware you used to eat your birthday cake.  What does the spoon prefer, chocolate or white cake?

Six: Write a story about your favorite belt. Especially if your belt is orange.

Seven: Write a story about what is in the glove compartment of your car. Whatever is in the glove compartment of your car will be the gift you are going to give Joe in your story. Joe, you are so fortunate. In my story, you will get a can of sardines.

Eight: Write about your earliest birthday memory. Mine was when I got a record player and a Monkey’s album for my eighth birthday. I wanted to marry Davy Jones.

Nine: Write about your birthday candles. Did they melt into your cake? Did you have so many candles, your candles melted into the icing before they were all lit?

Ten: Write about a favorite birthday present you received. Tell us about the gift, please.

Have you ever written about your birthday?  Please let us know in the comments section.


Today is a fun day. A day to write about birthdays, and to say happy birthday to a friend. As in, Joe Bunting. For today’s practice, please choose one of the ten prompts, spend fifteen minutes writing. Then, after you have written your piece, please post it in the comments here.

Please be kind and comment on someone else’s writing. Then be sure to tag Joe on twitter, @joebunting and say Happy Birthday.

Thank you for The Write Practice, Joe.

Now let’s practice.



Pamela Hodges
Pamela Hodges
Pamela writes stories about art and creativity to help you become the artist you were meant to be. She would love to meet you at pamelahodges.com.
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