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: Be the Master of your Fate. Using a well-known poem (like “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley) from your native language, rewrite it using your own personal diction, cadence, and style.
- Tuesday: Write a tercet where the third line contradicts the previous two lines. Learn about tercets, explained by The Poetry Foundation, here.
- Wednesday: Use a compliment (either given or received) as a title for a poem, then write a series of couplets in call and response.
- Thursday: Describe the contents in the trunk of your/a friend’s/a family member’s car. (7-27 lines)
- Friday: Quilt a poem together from 3 beautiful scraps of other drafts you’ve written. Be inspired by American Quilter, Luke Haynes (see a quilt of his below)!
- Saturday: Relate a type of food to a location or person. Focus on texture and taste. 16 lines.
- Sunday: Meditate on compromise, as an action. Accept no less than 8 lines.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Monday: Write a scene set in a used car dealership lot. 300 words.
- Tuesday: Develop a moment where a character gets a second start. 300 words.
- Wednesday: Start a scene during which a character is digging a hole. 100 words.
- Thursday: Write a sentence that sets up a conflict and includes the sense of smell.
- Friday: Write a dialogue that takes place between two people at a nail parlor, and use a nail color to title the dialogue. (Ex. My Paprika is Hotter than Yours!)
- Saturday: Flashback to the argument between members of a Fleetwood Mac cover band.
- Sunday: “Vámonos, amigos,” he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusklight. Write an absurd sentence, like this one from Wes Anderson’s movie, The Royal Tennenbaums.
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.