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Poetry Writing Prompts
- Sunday: Early Midterm Voting is upon us! Write a poem that uses a past/current political slogan as the opening line.
- Monday: Condense an origin story into a 10-line poem.
- Tuesday: Define a color in 20 lines.
- Wednesday: Write 15 lines without using “the” “a” or “an”.
- Thursday: Draft a poem in couplets that highlights a resume of useless, though well-developed skills.
- Friday (Halloween!): To celebrate the holiday, craft a poem about a phobia. 13 lines.
- Saturday: Write a poem associating a person with a specific time of day. See Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” for inspiration. (Special thanks to Shawn Delgado, who contributed this prompt!)
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Sunday: Write a flash story that starts with a campaigner coming to a character’s door with information about an upcoming election.
- Monday: Often attributed to Hemingway, “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” Write your own #6wordstory, and share it with us in the comments below!
- Tuesday: Write the letter that a mail carrier feels compelled to open, illegally, on the daily route.
- Wednesday: Write a paragraph story based on one of Picasso’s paintings.
- Thursday: Two folks with long-term vendettas show up at the same local bar. 150 words about the interior of the place, smell, visuals, back-story, from the point of view of another person at the location.
- Friday—Halloween: Write a paragraph describing a location normally considered positive; then rewrite the setting with foreboding or eerie imagery.
- Saturday: Sketch a character who has 2-3 personality traits that are in opposition. Write 3 paragraphs to connect them.
How did it go this week? Which prompt was most generative? We’d love to know! Tell us in the comments below.
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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.