February Writing Prompts

by Sue Weems | 0 comments

The shortest month of the year is here, and with it we have some creative writing prompts to keep you warm and writing all month long. Check out our February writing prompts today. 

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February marks the midpoint of winter here in the United States. It includes Groundhog Day where we guess how many weeks of winter remain, Valentine's Day when we celebrate love, and President's Day when we remember George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

It's also Black History Month. The past few years, I have taught in a school that has highlighted so many unsung African American heroes in American history, from musicians to inventors to scientists. It's become one of my favorite parts of the year. 

Whatever you celebrate this month, I hope you'll find ways to keep your pen moving across the page. Whether you are writing with students or to build your own writing skills or daily writing habit, use these 29 prompts to keep you writing all month long.

Journal Prompts

If you're looking for quick morning pages journaling prompts, look no further! Here are some prompts for daily use. 

1. What's one thing you are looking forward to today or this week and why.

2. Choose one object within sight and describe it. Then, imagine you don't know what it is, and create alternative uses based on your description. 

3. How important is love? Explain.

4. What qualities do you look for in a true friend?

5. How have you changed from this time last year? 

6.  What is your favorite game to watch or play? (Can include sports, board games, children's games, etc.)

7. Imagine you were assigned a biography report of a famous person. Who could you report on without any further outside research and what would you say about them?

8. How do you spend most of your days during the winter months? Do you wish they were spent differently? Why or why not?

9. Imagine you have a bucket list of books, films, or experiences you'd like to complete this year. What's on the list and why? 

10. Imagine a beautiful park you've visited. Describe it, including seasonal details. How does it change in various seasons?

11. What is something you could teach someone without preparation? Give a list of step-by-step instructions for making or accomplishing that skill or task. 

Story prompts

12. Your conversation hearts (candy hearts with words on them) spell out a warning. What does it say and what will you do?

13. You've gone to an amusement park with friends, but your fun is interrupted when…

14. A famous author runs a contest to share writing time with a budding writer. How does the author decide who to pick?

15. A bumbling inventor accidentally creates the solution to …

16. A magic light bulb casts shadows that give guidance to those who ask it questions. What do you ask and how does it answer? 

17. Your favorite character suddenly collides with the world of your least favorite book/ game/ tv show. How do they survive the encounter? 

18. A snow plow uncovers a portal to a magical world beneath the street, but there's one problem…

19. Your favorite memory starts replaying itself every time you go into the kitchen. What do you do? 

20. A chocolate maker receives a mysterious request for a wishing truffle. What do they do?

21. Three friends create a snow fort, and all is well until one day…

22. A bookshop owner begins finding tiny love letters in the books sold each day. Who is writing them and why?

February Monthly Writing Prompts

These prompts are focused on the calendar events that often fall in February, Use them as daily writing practice or as discussion starters with your students or writing group. 

23. Groundhog Day is February 2 in the U.S. and Canada and while it isn't a day off, it's a fun way to predict how much longer the winter months will last. Write about a winter superstition or about a groundhog who ruins Groundhog Day. 

24. The Super Bowl is the championship game of the NFL. If you are a fan, write about which team you think will win and why. If you aren't a fan, write about your perceptions about sports in your culture. 

25. On President's Day in the U.S., we honor presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Write about how leaders can make a difference in the lives of people they serve. 

26. February 14 is Valentine's Day and International Book Exchange Day. Choose three of your favorite books on your shelf and try to match them with friends, family, or colleagues. Which books would you give to which recipients and why? 

27. Mardi Gras is a celebration full of food and revelry. Write about how you celebrate (or would like to celebrate) Mardi Gras. 

28. February 26 is Letter to an Elder day. Write a letter to someone older than you. If you know them, share it with them. 

29. If you could start a new tradition on Leap Day, what would it be and why would it only be celebrated every four years? 

Writing Time! 

Need some additional writing practice this winter? Check out our Winter Writing Prompts for more fun writing practice. 

I hope these daily writing prompts have you itching to move your pen across the page. Keep the list (or your written journal entries!) handy the next time you're stuck trying to find an idea. February is a perfect time to get a writing habit going. It's the shortest month of the year! 

What do you love (or dislike) about February? Share in the comments.


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Sue Weems is a writer, teacher, and traveler with an advanced degree in (mostly fictional) revenge. When she’s not rationalizing her love for parentheses (and dramatic asides), she follows a sailor around the globe with their four children, two dogs, and an impossibly tall stack of books to read. You can read more of her writing tips on her website.


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