25 Easter Writing Prompts

Twenty-five Easter writing prompts. Stretch your writing muscles by exploring the many nuances of how bunnies hatch out of chocolate eggs every spring.

As you might have guessed, this page of Easter writing prompts focuses on the secular celebration of Easter in the culture at large. The blatantly pagan aspects of Easter can be as fun and inspirational (for writers seeking inspiration) as they are incomprehensible to all except the great lore masters of arcane history.

If you're interested in writing prompts dealing with the religious celebration of Easter as a Christian holy day, I will be posting a Holy Week Writing Prompts page at some point in the future.

Perhaps you're like me. As a kid, I always wondered how the different traditions of Easter fit together, and where they came from, and what they were supposed to mean. With the Easter Bunny himself being the most obvious one.

I don't want to go into the long and complicated history of these traditions here. Rather, for our purposes, I simply want to have fun with them and use them as jumping off points for helping writers practice their craft and create fun-to-read stories.

5 Techniques for Writing Easter Fiction

Here are five technique to assist you with turing the Easter writing prompts which follow into narratives. It's best if you focus on creating at least one cohesive scene in the narrative. If that scene resonates deeply with you, then keep expanding it outward (forward and backward and even sideways if you like) as far as your imagination will take you.

1. Unexpected Character Traits … One of the cardinal rules of character-driven fiction is essentially—don't be boring. Specifically, don't make your characters boring. And especially not the main character! One big yawner is when characters are too predictable. To forestall this pitfall, make a conscious effort to give your characters some unexpected traits, backstory, favorite sports, or physical appearance. For example, if you have an NFL linebacker as a character, and he's covered with tattoos, you could have him spend his off hours helping to run a daycare center or a flower shop.

2. Internal Narration … This is one of my favorites because it's so powerful when done well. Internal narration is when the story narrative blends with the conscious stream of thoughts of the point-of-view character. Ideally, the transition between external narration and internal thought life should be seamless. It's not necessary to use tags (like "he thought" or "she wondered") as long as the POV is kept strong and consistent. This ability to bring the reader directly into a character's head is probably the biggest way that writing can be a more powerful medium for storytelling than can the movies.

3. Dialogue … I like to think of dialogue as the soundtrack of a book. It engages the auditory imagination of readers. We actually hear the voices of the characters in our head as we read. We do, that is, when dialogue is done well. It can make or break a piece of writing. Probably the most important technique for helping yourself write good dialogue is to read your story out loud to yourself so that you can hear the dialogue with your ears (not just your imagination). And a great way to do this is to record yourself reading out loud. This provides an even more authentic auditory experience, and is sure to highlight any weak (clumsy, hard to follow) portions of your dialogue passages.

4. Narrative Twist … The mantra, Don't be boring, applies also to the narrative itself. A predictable story is about a fun as a going to the grocery store and buying a loaf of bread. To borrow from the realm of newspaper reporting, John Bogart once said, "When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news." Coming up with a good narrative twist requires practice. Basically, whenever you have a decision point for your character, don't immediately write the first thing that comes to mind. Take a few moments to brainstorm whatever alternate choices the character might realistically make. Keep going until you come up with something unusual and fun. Once you pick a course of action, you may need to go back and touch up the backstory to make this unexpected twist seem plausible.

5. Backstory Interleaving … Here's another way to avoid being boring. Let's say you've spent some time brainstorming, and you've come up with some really great backstory for your main character. It's so good that you're super excited to fill in your reader on all the juicy details as early in the story as you can. After all, if you love it so much, then surely your reader will find it fascinating, right? Well … it's true that your passion for your story comes through to your readers, but backstory is tricky. The best way to share it is in bite-sized chunks, interleaved with the main narrative. This creates curiosity in the reader, and avoids the infamous info-dump, which tends to bore people, sometimes enough to make then stop reading.

25 Eastern Writing Prompts

Above are some useful techniques. Choose one or a handful and apply them to the Easter writing prompts in this section. A systematic approach, where you write based on one prompt per day will do wonders for both your writing skills and your thinking skills. On this page alone, you could have 125 different combinations of technique and prompt to fill your writing schedule. As Chuck Close put it, "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and get to work."

→ Adventure ←

1. A boy from the city spends his first Easter in the country at his friend's house and is amazed that they paint Easter eggs instead of buying plastic eggs from the store.

2. As the boy was about to bite the head off of his chocolate Easter bunny, he suddenly remembered the rabbit in the nightmare he'd had just before waking up.

3. The small group of expats thought their Easter celebration in Xian would draw criticism from the locals, but instead it turned into a popular attraction for the city.

4. Trying to reanimate a corpse to scientifically test the validity of the resurrection story had seemed like a good idea until the SWAT team showed up in his basement.

5. Wanting to add another video to his YouTube channel about cultural differences, a young man and his girlfriend spent Easter in the Holy Land.

→ All in the Family ←

6. A mom thought she wouldn't like her daughter's idea of passing out Easter candy to homeless people, but once they got started she saw its inherent brilliance.

7. After chasing her son all over the house the evening after the big Easter egg hunt, a young mom swore that next year she'd make sure the kid ate less candy.

8. Easter was the one time of the year when the middle-aged corporate lawyer recalled the joys of childhood as he shopped for holiday gifts for his nephews and nieces.

9. Helping his daughter's girl scout troop make Easter baskets to raise money proved to be quite exhilarating, despite being bone tired from having worked all night.

10. Mowing the lawn after the big Easter egg hunt proved to be a really bad idea after he ran over the third rotten egg and had to take cover inside the toolshed.

→ Being Social ←

11. A group of parents in the neighborhood got together to create an Easter scavenger hunt for their teenagers, hoping to foster a greater sense of community.

12. He and his fellow gamers spent the night before Easter trying to find as many Easter eggs as they could in their video games and movies.

13. Not wanting to be outdone by their religious counterparts, the local atheist club hosted an anti-Easter party, where everyone dressed up like foxes.

14. She'd thought organizing a community Easter egg hunt would be an easy way to get her community service credits, until she met the mayor's daughter.

15. The entire neighborhood showed up every Easter to see how the crazy cat lady dressed up all seventeen of her cats as the Easter Bunny each year.

→ On the Job ←

16. After reading the latest issue of Asimov's Science Fiction, the teen author decided to write a story about how Easter would be celebrated in outer space in the future.

17. After so many years playing Santa Claus in department stores, the elderly man was surprised at how difficult it was to get a job as the Easter Bunny at the big new mall.

18. In between novel projects, the middle-aged author decided to finally try her hand at writing a children's book about Easter.

19. The group of marketing executives had been very excited to volunteer together at a charity on Easter, until their arch-nemesis, the new CFO, showed up.

20. Wanting to boost traffic to his graphic arts website, the twenty-something entrepreneur held an Easter egg design contest on the Internet.

→ Student Life ←

21. A twelve-year-old girl brought her dad for moral support when she went to interview a pagan priest to learn about the origins of Easter traditions for her term paper.

22. For her final class project in Tele-journalism, a sophomore university student interviewed a panel of religious leaders about their Easter traditions.

23. The new college graduate spends her first Easter back home but has a difficult time getting up early for her family's traditional sunrise church service.

24. Three middle school boys thought it would be funny to have their picture taken with the Easter bunny at the mall, until a group of tween girls started laughing at them.

25. When a group of college students decided to celebrate Easter in a casino in Las Vegas, four of them returned to school the next week as newlyweds.

At the End of the Day

Think of all your past Easters, as a kid and later as you grew up. How did the holiday change over time. One fun thing about writing is that we can use it to share our own experiences (usually in highly modified form) with the world. It's cathartic for us, and can provide enduring pleasure for readers for years to come.

A great technique for exploring the characters in your narrative is to role play (at least in your imagination) all the different parts. You can even do this with your own personal recollections. For example, remember that Easter when you were nine, the one where your dad accidentally blew up the barbecue? Well, relive that memory, except this time from your dad's perspective.

Then try it from the perspective of the crotchety old curmudgeon who lived next door. Then maybe from the perspective of the insurance adjuster who came later to assess the damages and decide whether to honor the claim. Practicing on your own real-life memories can help you to do the same thing for the characters in your stories.


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