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Daily Challenges

A new idea to explore and create each day. Use sound and photos, too!

Apr 24
Flying Car
The future is now. You now own a flying car. Tell a story on how you use it each day, how it changes your life or our culture. Or write a story about the myriad of problems that emerge from insufficient battery life, getting lost, etc.For those of you into old-time camp cartoons, cars like this...
Feb 10
YWP is...
YWP is ...what?  We at Young Writers Project really appreciate learning what you gain from your involvement with us. We like to know what works and what doesn't. We like to know the impact of this community, the comments you get from your fellow writers or from us at YWP or our college mentors. We...
Apr 24
Photo10-House.
Photo10-House. Write a story or poem based on this illustration (by Ava Kendrick of Harwood Union High School, Vermont.) 
Apr 24
Peeves
Peeves. What is a pet peeve of yours? (You can write about ALL your pet peeves, if you like!) What really gets to you? Write your best rant, make a rhyme, shout it out! 
Apr 24
Road
Road. Think about Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” and write a story about two characters who stand at a crossroads and choose opposite roads/directions/options. Tell their story or focus on an aspect of the decision – their conversation, the outcome, the process of making the decision. 
Apr 20
100 Days
Looking for a place to rant and rave? You're at the right place! Tell us your thoughts about the first 100 days of the Trump administration.And record yourself reading your piece -- right on your blog (click Audio and try the Recording tab upper right. Please use Firefox or Safari).Read as if you'...
Apr 17
Backpack
Backpack. One day you’re digging way down to the bottom of your backpack when you come across the most incredible thing. Describe it. What do you do with it?Photo credit: Blake Bolinger, Creative Commons 
Apr 17
Lucky
Lucky. What is your lucky number? How do you know? Tell a story about your luck and the number. 
Mar 31
Digital Identity I
How will this change you? For sale: Your browsing history. For those of you who don't know, Google, Facebook and many other social media sites track your every action on the Web. That's why you get the ads you get, why content is suggested to you. Now Congress has passed a bill, that President...
Apr 10
Perfect
Perfect. Write about something that works out perfectly, real or imagined. 
Apr 10
Crush
Crush. You've had a crush on someone for a year, but the person doesn't seem to know you even exist. How do you deal with that? How do you get the person to notice? Real or imagined. And no names! 
Mar 28
Body
Have you ever looked at an ad with a woman with an impossibly flat stomach or a man with hard core abs and thought, “I wish I looked like that,” or “I hate them.”Do you ever feel guilty about what you eat? Has a bully -- or even a friend or family member -- said something to you that makes you feel...
Apr 03
Technology
Technology. If you could create any piece of technology, what would it be and how would it be used? 
Apr 03
Sound5-Thunder.
Sound5-Thunder. Listen to the sound and write a story. 
Mar 27
Illegal
 Illegal. "I know it's illegal, but it's the weekend!" This is a real quote from a tunes-loving man who blasted 80 speakers from his van outside a Mets game in Queens last spring -- and was arrested for being a noisy nuisance. Make your own story that begins or ends with this quote. Due March 31 
Mar 27
General
Share your best writing of any category (including images, sound, digital stories).#livechallenge 
Mar 27
Photo9-Hoodie
Photo9-Hoodie. Write a story or poem inspired by this photo (by Bailey Danforth of Essex High School, Vermont.)  
Aug 19
Invention
Invention. Create something outrageously wacky that makes life so much more fun! Let your imagination run wild! 
Aug 19
Attic
Attic. In the attic of your grandmother's house, you find a box labeled with your name. What’s inside? Do you tell anyone else about it or keep it a secret? Is it surprising, shocking, heart-warming, disturbing? Does it change your opinion about your grandmother or someone else in the family? 
Feb 24
Neighborhood
NEIGHBORHOOD: Tell stories about where you live -- your house, your neighborhood, your road, your community. Any story is good. Write fast. Use digital media. Use sensory description.Theme/story suggestions: What does your home look like? What is around it?  What do people do? What are the problems...