Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers get out of their shells. 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: Attempt to write a poem backwards–from the last line to the first line.
- Monday: Slant rhyme challenge: Work on a series of nearly rhyming couplets, where you only use slant rhyme. 18 lines.
- Tuesday: Craft a line about a holiday & an emotion; rewrite the line 10x by replacing each word with a synonym.
- Wednesday: “Knock Knock // love” Or: Write a three-word poem to make us laugh, cry, wonder.
- Thursday: “I was the quicker picker-upper.” Write a confessional poem using only product slogans and/or commercial taglines.
- Friday: “Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.” Write a 20-line poem that makes grammatical sense, but not literal sense.
- Saturday: Make it new! Select your ten favorite poems and craft a cento from your favorite lines. (What’s a cento?)
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Sunday: Develop a character’s backstory by cataloguing the pets (real or imagined) that the character has owned.
- Monday: 3 types of mood/atmosphere. Describe a common object in 3 sentences w/ one mood; repeat & rewrite w/ the next 2 moods.
- Tuesday: Write a scene (w/ dialogue) between two characters who shouldn’t be friends, but are.
- Wednesday: Ruh roh! Write a story about an existential crisis in the life of your favorite cartoon character from childhood.
- Thursday: Happy birthday, R.L. Stevenson! Write a story about a character who receives “the wrong box.“
- Friday: “It’s [a flash flood] on your wedding day!” Write a story in the first-person plural about a natural disaster at a wedding.
- Saturday: Make it snappy! Write a complete story that unfolds in a single action or gesture (e.g sharpening a pencil; riding an escalator; a kiss).
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.