Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers get out of their shells 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: Write a 24-line anaphora poem, separated into quatrains. See R.S. Gwynn’s “My Agent Says” for inspiration.
- Monday: Write a persona poem from the perspective of someone in the next century looking back on your generation. 10+ lines (Or try a prose poem!)
- Tuesday: Write a poem about five things that have been borrowed but not returned.
- Wednesday: Write a political poem from a perspective in opposition to your own. (Inspired by a Twitter conversation with @RattleMag)
- Thursday: Write four stanzas that examine four different cultural taboos.
- Friday: Explore one of your favorite poems, and replicate a structural aspect of its composition (ex: rhyme scheme, stanza breaks, punctuation style).
- Saturday: Visit a news website and use one of the headlines as a title for your next poem.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Sunday: Catalogue a character’s self-appraisal as they look in the mirror. What do they see? How does their appraisal align with reality? 235 words.
- Monday: Detail a character’s childhood home in a sentence from their point of view. Change the character’s age and rewrite the sentence twice more, for a total of three sentences that progress through their life.
- Tuesday: Build a backstory to a character by describing the tattoo they 1) have or 2) never had the courage to get.
- Wednesday: Write a flash story that starts in present tense, and then at some point, deliberately switches into past tense. See “Something Rich and Strange” by Ron Rash.
- Thursday: Write the scene in which the narrator discovers a secret held by another character.
- Friday: Write a one-sentence flash story that is *500* words long.
- Saturday: Sketch a character by describing the debts (financial, physical, or emotional) that they have. 300 words.
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.