Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers loosen up and let loose. With the New Year bringing silver new ideas and golden revisions, get started with the prompts below! 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: As a letter, write a poem to your future self (to be opened in a year). Write a stanza for each month.
- Tuesday: In honor of Fred Chappell’s collection Familliars, write a quatrain for each cat who has ever graced your presence.
- Wednesday: Research a song from a decade after your were born. Use the title of the song as the title of the poem. 30 lines.
- Thursday: Write a list poem in the theme of New Year resolutions. 15 lines.
- Friday: In 7 competing images, describe the word “energy.”
- Saturday: Create a self portrait with as many lines as there are letters in your full name. Example: Abigail Perkins Browning (22 lines).
- Sunday: Write a modified Shakespearean sonnet using only one word per line.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Monday: Write a humorous dialogue in which a character decides what to wear for a holiday dinner with the in-laws. 400 words.
- Tuesday: Explore a character’s insecurities about an action from the preceeding scene as they look at a Chagall painting at an art museum.
- Wednesday: Sketch a setting that represents the love between two sisters who have grown apart in their middle age.
- Thursday: Write a flashback to a New Year’s resolution a character made at a different time in their life. 250 words.
- Friday: Describe the first pair of shoes a character ever bought on their own, first person perspective. One paragraph.
- Saturday: Write a dialogue in which an argument starts over a smoke detector going off.
- Sunday: Try your hand at a flash story with 10 characters, using only one sentence per character. 3rd person perspective.
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.