31 Winter Writing Prompts

“The snow is falling more heavily now, blanketing the ground.”

Winter evokes a strong response or thought in most people, which is just perfect when it comes to getting started writing.

Today I’ve written a collection of 31 winter themed prompts for you to use to get those writing juices flowing.

I like to keep plenty of variation around a theme like a season, I want the mind to be drawn in all sorts of directions – an intense winter sport, an eerie frozen cabin, a fun filled adventure.

Anything to get the creativity unleashed, and the words of the story unfolding.

There are so many ways to go with a topic like winter, and I find it’s actually really effective to consider several varied writing prompts on the topic in quick succession – the writer is bound to be compelled to see at least some of these scenarios in their minds eye.

And the story is on it’s way at that point, it’s just a matter of time…

How should these be used?

There are plenty of ways we can create something wonderful when it comes to our writing, and variety is the spice of life as they say.

Many times just having a few choices given to you can get the imagination kicked into overdrive, and your writing will be underway in no time at all.

Of course another option is just to have the whole list in front of you, and read through them until one grabs you, and you find yourself creating the story in your head immediately.

If you have a class of students that you’re working with, either in a class or distance learning, giving them a regular writing time, complete with prompts, can be an amazing technique.

After all, writing should be an enjoyable, creative, and freeing experience, and we want to encourage any aspiring writers we are working with.

31 Winter Writing Prompts:

  1. Ice formed jagged tendrils around the mighty old trees branches…
  2. The snowboard cut through the powder in an sweeping turn…
  3. The kids rushed outside, and stopped in amazement. Everywhere they looked in the wintery street were snowmen, some towering above nearby parked cars…
  4. Night fell earlier now, and the inky darkness surrounded the cabin as the snow started falling more heavily…
  5. The leaves had long since gone from the trees, and they starkly stood bare against the sullen sky…
  6. The thick canvas material of the tent held the weight of the snow as it started to build up outside, the woodstove crackling and radiating heat into the cozy shelter…
  7. As the car wound it’s way down the mountain road, the tires lost grip every so often, slipping here and there…
  8. The night was totally silent, and as I trudged into the remote snowy valley every footstep was muffled…
  9. She got the text message, school was closed and this intense winter storm meant it was likely to be closed for weeks…
  10. The bear stirred in it’s snow covered den, but it was a deep slumber, and it would wait until spring to emerge…
  11. The ice skates fit tight to her feet and ankles, as she glided out onto the frozen lake, hearing it crack beneath her…
  12. He pushed the snow blower through the drifts outside their home, creating a fountain of ice pouring off to one side of the path he was making. He had to hurry…
  13. The bonfire crackled in the centre of the clearing, as the crisp winter night air crept in with the darkness…
  14. Every year their winters had been more harsh, and their family hadn’t been able to get outside for 7 weeks at this point, and then it happened…
  15. Her snowboard flew off the edge of the jump, and she flipped through the air over and over, before stomping her landing. The crowd went crazy…
  16. Father and daughter climbed up well above the resort. Climbing into the sled she was giggling with excitement…
  17. On the chairlift again, he was exhausted already but the last run on his snowboard was just too much fun to stop now…
  18. The property out in the woods was now completely cut off by the heavy snowfall, even for their offroader. Only the animals were stilling moving through the valleys…
  19. The snowball hit him square in the face, cold breaking into powdery fragments. He fell back stunned…
  20. The wolf was glad of it’s thick warm winter coat as it ran through the crisp morning fog…
  21. The dogs ahead were all yipping and pulling at the sled excitedly, though we weren’t moving yet. With a bellowed cry of “onward!” we set off, the dogs pulling the sled faster and faster…
  22. Through the hole in the ice, he could still the dark water of the lake, bitterly cold and starting to crust over with icy slush. His fishing line suddenly moved without warning…
  23. The snowmobile roared into life. She revved the engine, and took off up the snow covered valley. She was on a mission…
  24. She sank into the hot pool, surface steaming in the cold winters air…
  25. The night sky had never looked so brilliantly clear, the Milky Way galaxy looked amazingly detailed. The crisp winter’s night surrounded us as we watched the meteor shower begin…
  26. I’d never seen an ice sculpture as lifelike as this. It was of a giant polar bear rearing up on it’s hind legs, and the ice sculptor had spent days in the bitter cold crafting every last detail…
  27. The mountain bike rolled down the trail, my eyes wide, heart thumping. Every breath out was a winters fog on this cold morning…
  28. The campervan sat next to the grove of snowbound trees, itself heaped with fresh powder. It was warm enough now, she hoped it would stay that way for the next month she would call this home…
  29. He had trained hard for many years, and finally he’d made it to the Winter Games. The luge was set to go, it had all come down to this one moment…
  30. The light individual snow flakes rested on every surface, as she walked through the trees. They fell and started to cover the top of her hood…
  31. It was time for a winter movie marathon, all the comedies they loved the most…

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