This Week’s Tweeted Writing Prompts (February 16-22)

Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers loosen up and let loose. February’s a short month, so get started with the prompts below! Follow us on twitter (@tatestreetorg) to be inspired daily, or subscribe to the blog to get a digest of the prompts every Sunday!


  • Monday: Write a 12 line poem with each line set in a different month.
  • Tuesday: Zombie love. Write a love poem from a Zombie. [include Cranberries music video]
  • Wednesday: Aquarius or Scorpio? Rewrite your horoscope as a sonnet.
  • Thursday: Turn 5-10 headlines from your social media feed into a found poem.
  • Friday: Write a poem inspired by the contents of your breakroom/office fridge.
  • Saturday: Write a poem about secrets you don’t have.
  • Sunday: Write a cento created from your favorite movie quotes.


  • Monday: Write a story set entirely on a trampoline. Include at least three characters.
  • Tuesday: Write a story in the 2nd-person about an historical personage. Research ideas here!
  • Wednesday: A four sentence story, each sentence set in a different season over the course of a year.
  • Thursday: In the Capital! Write a dystopian story from the POV of a character who benefits from the system.
  • Friday: Write a scene where a character admits to themself what they really want is against everything they have been up to that point.
  • Saturday: Dialogue set in an Uber or Lyft or taxi.
  • Sunday: Write a story in which a pre-recorded voice–say, the Movie Phone guy–becomes increasingly unhinged.

How did it go this week? Which prompt was most generative? We’d love to know! Tell us in the comments below.

About the Author: Abigail Browning

aba-city-lights-poet-picAbigail 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 OnlineThe Greensboro Review, Linebreakand 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: Currently, she is studying Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media as a PhD at NC State in Raleigh, NC.

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