Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers loosen up and let loose. 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: Amuse us, Shakespeare! Craft a comic sonnet. No enjambment. Thy subject is lost love.
- Monday: “A green thought in a green shade.” Write a sincere pastoral about an artificial, indoor green space.
- Tuesday: One ain’t such a lonely number! A monostich is a poem consisting of a single metrical line. Write one.
- Wednesday: Marry me! Write a poem that’s a marriage proposal. Don’t get sentimental. Use the words winter, Old Spice™, antidepressant, dog.
- Thursday: “That am and my claims / Am Jean the the the name.” Get the scissors out & make a cut-up of a fav pop song. #BillieJean
- Friday: O, Celica! O, Tercel! O, Caravan! Fri. poetry prompt: Write an ode to your first car. Formal requirement: Blank verse.
- Saturday: Kick it! Write a poem about trying (and failing?) to quit a bad habit, like smoking or drinking or talking during movies, Jon.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Sunday: REMIX! Mix 2 or 3 of your favorite genres and make something new: A genre-bending stew. Add salt to taste. (500 words.)
- Monday: Bite their style! Write a pastiche of your favorite author. But write about a character or place they’d NEVER tackle.
- Tuesday: Two can be as bad as one! 212 words about two characters trapped in an overturned ambulance. Theirs is a story of unrequited love.
- Wednesday: “The time to make your mind up about people is never.” Write a story about a repulsive character. Make us love them.
- Thursday: A story about a CEO of a Fortune 500 company who is also a seven-year-old child. Write it.
- Friday: “Nothing ends.” Use the last sentence of a story you love as the first sentence of a story you’ll write. Like, now.
- Saturday: The Chekhov Ashtray Challenge! Pick an object in your immediate vicinity. Write a story about it. You have 24 hours.
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: Gregory Brown
Gregory Brown, Reviews Editor, hails from Vancouver Island, in beautiful British Columbia. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro MFA program for Fiction and Memorial University of Newfoundland's Master of Arts program in English Literature. He is the recipient of the Roy Daniels Memorial Essay Prize and his fiction and criticism have appeared in Postcript and Paragon.