Writing Prompts





























The Crocodile

Instructions for the Quiz

Write a story about a woman who saves a child from a crocodile.

The story may—or may not—be complete (with a beginning, middle, and end). In other words, the paragraphs that you write could be part of the beginning, or the middle, or the end—without necessarily telling the whole story.


  • At least two paragraphs (internet style).
    • Skip a line between paragraphs.
    • Do not indent the first line of each paragraph.
  • Use simple past tense.
    • Study the example below.
    • Notice the past tense verbs.


John followed the trail, allowing his horse to slow to an easy pace. The moon was full, and steep canyon walls rose on either side of the trail. The cool night air was a welcome relief from the blistering heat of the day.

The dog was still following him. Several times, John had tried to get the dog to turn back and go home—wherever that might be. But the dog refused to be chased off.

John felt a bit sorry for the dog. His owner lay dead in the desert behind them, one of John's bullets deep inside his brains. John didn't feel any remorse about the killing, but he did feel a touch of sympathy for the dog. In any case, he finally gave up and allowed the dog to follow.

John wanted to get to the Benson ranch before dawn. He missed Susan. He wanted to tell her that everything was going to be all right now. In the distance, a wolf howled at the moon.