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: Write an elegy for John Keats’ Tweets.
Tuesday: Write a poem formatted like a restaurant menu.
Wednesday: Write a poem in which you use “Jesus” as a verb.
Thursday: Find a prose poem and attempt to emulate the style.
Friday: Life is short! Write a 16 line poem from the perspective of a wave being born at sea and ending life as it rolls onto the beach.
Saturday: Write a poem that includes fill-in-the-blank blanks.
Sunday: Octothorpes live on: start each stanza of a poem using this punctuation.
Monday: A character claims they know what happens after death.
Tuesday: Write the scene where a father realizes he doesn’t want his child.
Wednesday: Write a horror scene with no death, injuries, violence, or physical danger.
Thursday: Write a scene where a character isn’t sure if he or she is alive or dead.
Friday: Have a main character whose life’s work is studying centenarians.
Saturday: Write a short story about J Afred Prufrock’s childhood.
Sunday: Write a story in which the main character is the frontman of your least favorite band.
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. Currently, she is studying Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media as a PhD at NC State in Raleigh, NC.