Sea by Heidi R. Kling: Essay & Project Ideas

So you’ve finished Sea by Heidi R. Kling but you’re still so pumped about the book that you can’t move on to something else yet. Here are some project ideas and essay prompts to help you focus that creative energy.


  • Planning on a summer road trip? Disney with the fam? Even a trip to your grandparents’ house — keep a travel journal/blog to record your thoughts and observations. How did the trip affect you or change your outlook on things? For more info, see our post on travel writing.
  • Have you had some really sucky things happen in your life? Maybe you or a friend had an eating disorder or a family member was diagnosed with cancer. Volunteer some time with an appropriate organization to do something positive and get some perspective. This may help you overcome your own fears/personal tragedies.
  • Organize a fundraiser to help out a cause near and dear to you — there are millions to choose from. Some recent ones include the Gulf oil spill (I live on the Gulf Coast so this is my fave); the floods in Nashville; or Children of the Tsunami.
  • Feeling crafty? Make something Sea-related, like jewelry. See these examples on Etsy for inspiration.
  • Maybe you’re more of a musician. DJ over at DJ’s Life in Fiction was inspired to write and perform a song called “Beautiful Sea.” Give him a run for his money and create your own.


  • Write about a time when making the right decision was extremely difficult. How did you grow from that experience? Looking back, would you make the same decision?
  • In Sea, the children suffer from PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Many Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans suffer from this, as well. It can also be caused by traumatic events closer to home. If you or someone you know has experience with this, write an essay about your/your friend’s struggles.
  • Write an alternate ending to Sea. Change one major decision and see where it leads the characters.
  • In Sea, Sienna travels to Indonesia with her father’s international relief team. There are lots of groups like this — both big & small — doing work after disasters like the tsunami, and more recently, like the Haiti earthquake and the Gulf Coast oil spill. Research relief agencies and how they help out after disasters like these. Explore why this type of work is so important, and show what sort of effect their work has.
  • Write about a time when you had to overcome your own personal fears or a personal tragedy. What was the challenge? What did you gain by overcoming that fear/tragedy?

As always, feel free to send us your awesome works of creativity and we’ll post them here on Novel Novice! E-mail them to

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