Creative writing techniques and prompts for 11+ students

During your journey studying for the 11+ exams, you will need to spend some time practising your writing skills. Some schools assess children on their creative writing by asking them to answer a given question or use a photo prompt. So it is important you give yourself enough time to work on this particular area.

Some key steps you can take to develop your writing skills are:

  1. Increase your wider reading: It is essential that you are not only reading fictional texts but also looking for other ways to expand your reading and writing skills. Reading articles will enhance your vocabulary, while reading non-fiction texts can increase your general knowledge. Listening to the news can support you in debate writing. Reading stories and genres you may not usually explore can broaden your intellectual horizons and enhance your understanding of the world.
  2. Write little and often: The only way to improve is to practise writing regularly. Write your own book reviews and read them to your friends and family. Write small articles on events that have happened. Pen short stories on places you have visited that have inspired you. Craft short descriptive pieces of places you have been to.
  3. Revise and edit your writing: Take the time to revise and edit your work, paying attention to clarity, structure, grammar, and punctuation.
  4. Expand your vocabulary: Try to find synonyms of words you would normally use and actively incorporate them into your writing.
  5. Be descriptive: Remember to be as descriptive as possible. Your reader cannot see anything that you are thinking. The words you write are the only thing the reader can use to guide them and develop the plot in their head. So it is crucial that you take the time to think about how you build the story to be as vivid in the reader’s head as possible.
  6. Use literary techniques: Write a list of literary techniques you usually forget and try to intertwine these into your writing. Avoid using too many different techniques in one sentence as this can confuse the reader and make your writing difficult to follow.
  7. Use speech sparingly: Use speech if you need to, but use it within reason. Your writing piece is not a conversation, so remember to delve back into the story and move the plot along beyond speech.

Here are 20 example creative writing prompts you can use to get started:

  • The mysterious door
  • The new planet
  • The forgotten path
  • The exciting school trip
  • Lost in the labyrinth of time
  • A new home
  • Island of the forgotten treasure
  • Escape from the desert island
  • The mysterious phone call
  • The longest journey
  • The day the flood came
  • The magic shoes
  • The enchanted forest
  • The flying car
  • My mum the chocolate shop
  • The intriguing new neighbour
  • The eclipse
  • The missing pet
  • The strange sound in the hallway
  • The day my cat spoke

To really support your writing, download our creative writing support pack. Packed with different opportunities for writing and lots of examples and guided support.

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