Each day, we tweet fiction and poetry writing prompts to help writers loosen up and let loose. 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: Burglary! Find a favorite poem. Steal the first line. Finish.
Tuesday: Write a poem that features parents but that doesn’t discuss or address parenting.
Wednesday: Write a poem about bad writing advice.
Thursday: Write a poem that’s title is a question.
Friday: Write a poem about a leaking toilet.
Saturday: Inception! Write about a dream within a dream within a dream..within…(envelope quatrains)
Sunday: Reduction poem: start a poem with 10 words on the first line, and then 9 poems on the next line, 8 poems on the next line and so forth.
Monday: “Is this a spot?” Write a story about character who is obssessed about whether s/he is parked illegaly.
Tuesday: “Does it smell funny to you?” Write a story in which the characters are unknowingly breathing in carbon monoxide.
Wednesday: Have a character recognize familiar people by how they smell.
Thursday: The interrogative mood? Write a story about a college freshman in which every sentence is question?
Friday: Write a short story that features a positive divorce situation.
Saturday: Write a story about a character who discover that she’s never dreamt and in fact can’t.
Sunday: “This isn’t a Nicholas Sparks novel!” Write a story about a lovelorn character on a balcony yelling at people walking along the beach.
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.