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 10 lines about the moment that a person realizes that their parent is not invincible.
Tuesday: Write a limerick–then transform it into a ballad.
Wednesday: Work on a pantoum that starts with the word “hate” and ends with the word “love.”
Thursday: Write a poem that is shorter than its title.
Friday: Diction challenge–use the same noun 7 times in a poem.
Saturday: Rx–write a prescription for (fill in the blank).
Sunday: Write a poem using only words you can find in the DSM-V.
Monday: Trade secrets between two characters in an unusual setting.
Tuesday: Write a story from the point of view of the Hulk’s downstairs neighbor.
Wednesday: Write a paragraph from the perspective of a person who is in love with two people at the same time, but does not believe, ideologically, that it is possible.
Thursday: Write a character description without using any form of the verb “to be.”
Friday: “I prefer not to.” Write a story in which the main character only says one thing.
Saturday: At karaoke night, the machine breaks and plays the songs in the wrong order. What happens?
Sunday: Write a story in which two characters can’t find their way out of a shopping mall.
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
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.