How To Become A Shark: A Writing Prompt for All Ages


Happy Wednesday, readers, writers, and shark fans! Welcome to Writing Prompt Wednesday and a belated Lit Pup Tuesday!

To honor both occasions, I’ve provided a writing prompt today that a writer of any age can use! Keep reading for some suggestions for how to use this prompt for your interests and genre!

The Prompt: How to Become a Shark

At its most simple, “how to become a shark” is the writing prompt for today! Some of you will only need this phrase, and you’ll be off to the races! Yay!

For the rest of you, read on for a few more detailed prompts! And as always, we hope you will share your writing prompt responses!

A Spin on The Mixed-Up Chameleon 

Eric Carle wrote the adorable story of the mixed-up chameleon, who wanted to look more like other animals and be able to do what they do. If you’re thinking about writing a children’s story, maybe start a story from the perspective of an animal who wants to be more like a shark and then learns a big lesson by the end of the story.

A Starting Point for a Poem

I used “how to become a shark” as the title for a poem and just left it open to see where it led me! It worked as an interesting metaphor for me. I’d love to see where this phrase could lead one of your poems! Maybe it becomes a line from your poem instead, too!

A Twist on Kafka

…Anyone recall the story about the person who woke up in the morning as a cockroach? The Metamorphosis is an incredible, memorable, quirky, and creepy story that has a lot to say about identity, relationships, and even consumerism and capitalism. What if someone woke up as a shark? What revelations might they experience? How would they change back into a human? Would they want to? Let your imagination swim!


Happy Writing, Readers, Writers, and Shark Fans!

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