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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