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MakeBeliefsComix.com creator Bill Zimmerman has made it his life's work to create books, newspaper features and educational resources that help people of all ages find their writer's voice and express their deepest thoughts and feelings. Many users of MakeBeliefsComix.com have asked for more help in their writing. In response, the site offers a number of his pioneering writing prompts to help students communicate their ideas.

These include:

  • Create your own comic strip Choose the characters you like, click some talk and thought balloons over their heads and begin writing your comix story for the day – it can be happy, funny, sad and serious, whatever you want to convey. You’ll find that as you match words with different characters you’ll have so much to say. And, if writing is a problem, work with a partner and build your comix together.

  • More than 350 free Printables These illustrated writing prompts encourage writing and thinking in a quick and fun way. A student’s efforts to complete the printable can then become the first step in writing longer essays, poems or stories on the same subject. These can be used with students enrolled in literacy and English-As-Second Language programs and provide an educational resource for teaching language arts. They also can be used just for fun and to tape completed printables on your refrigerator.

    The printables are divided into 50 different subject categories to complement the different subject matter taught in the classroom. Among these categories are:

    -- Digital Write-Ables category Students use these digital writing prompts to write their responses directly on the computer screen and then print them out.

    -- Writing Prompts category

    -- Writing category These writing prompts are from Bill's book, "Idea Catcher for Kids."

    -- A Book of Questions category These daily journaling writing prompts are from Bill's "A Book of Questions."

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  • Facebook Writing Prompts. Each day discover a new comic writing prompt activity at www.facebook.com/MakeBeliefs. On this page, MakeBeliefscomix creator Bill Zimmerman offers a new comic strip panel in which a comic character raises a provocative, interesting question, and students can write their responses by creating comic strips at MakeBeliefsComix.com, or by writing and drawing them free hand.

  • Bill's Blog features writing prompts posted on his blog at: http://www.billztreasurechest.com/blog/ The writing prompts are to get you thinking and writing. There, your written responses to the prompts can be posted, too, if you send them to him. The writer prompts blog is part of Bill's other web site http://www.billztreasurechest.com — where excerpts from his books are found that also invite visitors to try the interactive writing prompts also featured there.

  • Story Ideas These give you writing prompts containing new ideas for creating your comic strips. One idea, for example, is for you to select a character to represent you and speak for you as your talk about yourself and your interests.

  • Create A Daily Comic Diary This gives students many ideas for content that could be used to create a comix about something they learned or read or experienced each day. Here’s a starter: encourage students to create an autobiographical comic strip about their lives and their family, summarizing the most important things about themselves.

Bill also invites you to share your own writing prompts which have spurred your writing. If you give him your permission he will share them with users of the writer prompts blog and credit you or your source. You can contact Bill by email at: billz@makebeliefscomix.com. His hope is that by working together we can build a community of writers who share ideas and support one another.