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: Space…the final frontier. Search NASA’s website for a discovery that makes you wonder about the galaxy, then describe! (20 lines)
- Tuesday: Cross genre challenge: transform a novel plot into a poem in 10 lines or less.
- Wednesday: Hair cut: Write 40 line poem about hair, then cut every 8th line.
- Thursday: Write a poem about a comic book character. Read Gary Jackson’s Missing You, Metropolis for inspiration.
- Friday: Write a poem that includes the description of 12 different smells.
- Saturday: Walk it out: Take a walk and use it as a generative creative experience for a specific image. 3 lines.
- Sunday: Write a completely unsentimental quatrain about a sentimental subject.
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Monday: Develop a sentence introduction to a truly despicable character.
- Tuesday: Write the moment in which there is a dynamic shift in the main character’s concept of self, set in a gas station.
- Wednesday: Create a flash scene in which the outcome is cliché, then rewrite twice with different endings. 1 paragraph each.
- Thursday: Cross genre challenge: take a lyrical poem and turn it into a short story (try Louise Glück’s “Vita Nova”!).
- Friday: Practice research of a place you’ve never been. Write a convincing paragraph set there. See Julia Patt’s advice in Novel Fridays: Research, Research, Research.
- Saturday: An unexpected visit from an animal changes a character’s mind about a choice.
- Sunday: Describe 5 pictures from a character’s photo album.
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.