Each day, we tweet writing prompts to help writers get out of their shell for the creative process. Follow us on twitter (@TSHighSociety) to be inspired daily, or subscribe to the blog to get a digest of the prompts every Sunday!
Poetry Writing Prompts
- Sunday: Lists can be stressful or formative; what strange lists do you keep?
- Monday: What smells are unique in memory or imagination?
- Tuesday: Work on an Ekphrastic poem, like XJ Kennedy’s “Nude Descending a Staircase” based on the famous, yet originally “outrageous” impressionist/cubist painting by Marcel Duchamp.
- Wednesday: Modernized persona poem from the point of view of Browning’s Last Duchess, if she survived.
- Thursday: Write a poem that includes the words J-Pop, slink, and placemat.
- Friday: Write a 30-line poem——then cut every 3rd line.
- Saturday: Think of a phrase that haunts you. Repeat that phrase 5 times throughout. 20 lines. (Inspired by poet Cathy Smith Bowers)
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Sunday: 100 word flash story in 35 minutes. And….go!
- Monday: Start with a cramped space and how it changes characters as they inhabit the setting: 500 words+
- Tuesday: Write a short story that takes place in a single answering machine message.
- Wednesday: Rewrite a tragic story as a comedy: 250 words.
- Thursday: Write a dialogue in which a character is trying to convince herself not to do something, and then rewrite her convincing herself to do exactly that thing. 300 words each.
- Friday: Detailed sketching. Look up, write down 5 specific details about the place you are in that make it utterly unique. Relate all of those items to a character, and create a conflict with one of them. 427 words.
- Saturday: Write the paragraph /before/ a character finds a dead body. (prompt appropriated from John Gardner’s craft book, The Art of Fiction.
How did it go this week? Which prompt was most generative? We’d love to know! Tell us in the comments below.
About the Author: Abigail Browning
Abigail Browning, Founder and Managing Editor, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, received her MFA in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Abigail has poems either published or forthcoming in the Yemassee Journal Online, The Greensboro Review, Linebreak, and RHINO Poetry. In addition, she was honored to receive the Amon Liner Poetry Award, the Noel Callow/Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and was a finalist for the Linda Flowers NC Arts Prize. She also has a passion for jazz music and dance, and teaches swing-era dances in her free time: www.abigailbrowning.com.