I try to give my students many options, and I change them throughout the year to keep things fresh. I have found that choice is one of the biggest motivators, especially for my reluctant writers.
Here is what the entire writing center looks like.
Amanda at One Extra Degree. I put in some random items from The Dollar Store to inspire story writing. Students love this. They have come up with some very creative writing pieces using these items.
Story Bubbles that I got from Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics. The idea is to use three or four of these pictures together to create a story. Students have a lot of fun with this.
On the far right, I keep some more general supplies. I covered some coffee cans in scrapbook paper. I especially love this one. Students can use colored pens to draw attention to strong vocabulary words, figurative language, etc. I saw this idea on Kelly's wonderful blog - Fabulous in Fourth.
I have 21 different writing ideas posted to inspire students' creativity. If you are interested, you can get them for free here.
I also wanted to call attention to the label on the notebook paper basket. It is from Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher Files. She made editable labels that fit perfectly on these baskets from Really Good Stuff.
My next project is preparing the writing learning targets to display. This will be my district's first year for the Common Core. I need to make sure my students and I are very clear on what is expected. I'm looking forward to sharing those with you soon!