Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers loosen up and let loose. This last week’s theme was food. So get your knife, fork, spoon, and spork and dig in! 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
- Monday: Dewberries?! Write a poem about your favorite weird fruit.
- Tuesday: Oh, no! We ate too many hamburgers…
- Wednesday: “O, Cheetos! Sweet Cheetos!” Cook up an ode to your favorite junk food. Min: 10 lines.
- Thursday: “As a man may go to Costco…” Produce a poem on the occasion of a trip to the grocery store. (Quotation from “Poem” by Maureen McLane.)
- Friday: “filling my cavernous / maw with paint chips, plaster, coffee grounds” Serve us a poem about pica! (And check out Jennifer Perrine’s poem “Pica” at the Academy of American Poets.)
- Saturday: Write a poem about eating with your hands. 20 lines, rhyming couplets.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Monday: He lives on Drury Lane! Write a short mystery set in a bakery. Include this line: “Do you know the muffin man?”
- Tuesday: …and now we…can…hardly…think.
- Wednesday: “[He] ate with relish the inner organs of beasts and fowls.” Create a character sketch via a week’s diet.
- Thursday: “It’s never too late for crisp!” Write a story that explores the inner-life of a breakfast cereal mascot.
- Friday: “Any burger restaurant he invents would obviously be based on a real burger restaurant.” Write a story set in a fast-food restaurant. (Check out Joshua Cohen’s story “McDonald’s” at Triple Canopy.)
- Saturday: “Why don’t you like the foods I like?” Write a scene between two characters arguing about dinner, but secretly flirting.
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.