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: Brainstorm a poem, each line starting with the phrase “I am not.” 10 lines.
- Tuesday: 3-2-1! Exercise: 3 Objects, 2 Smells, 1 Name.
- Wednesday: Take a moment to watch a dance performance and then try to describe the motion in a stanza.
- Thursday: Write a poem about three items you would save from your home if it were burning. Six lines.
- Friday: Write a poem in the form of a dialogue between two objects or people.
- Saturday: Be wild. Try to write the most absurd or wild poem–something outside of your wheelhouse.
- Sunday: Meditate on music, and write as you listen to Olga Kern play the fiery, incredible Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #3:
Fiction Writing Prompts
- Monday: Select an object and an emotion, and tie them together with a flash story about a character. 1 paragraph.
- Tuesday: Write a sentence that includes all five senses.
- Wednesday: For a character who works at an auto-repair shop, write a personal mission statement.
- Thursday: Write a dialogue in which two people are trying to talk about something they don’t want to talk about.
- Friday: Describe the setting (focusing on mood/atmosphere) that precedes an unexpected death.
- Saturday: Start a conversation between characters with the statement “I can’t.” Focus on gesture going forward.
- Sunday: Select a fairy tale, and retell the story from the perspective of a minor character.
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.