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: Comparison poem: Select two completely different items and find the similarities.
Tuesday: Make Guy Fieri the speaker of your poem (12 lines).
Wednesday: Create and define a new word to describe a phenomenon that has no name.
Thursday: An ode to a word that is hated (20 lines).
Friday: Select an object, an emotion, and a location from your childhood (6 lines).
Saturday: Celebrate the success of poetry! (It’s National Poetry Month!!!)
Sunday: Switch: Write a poem in which words end up switching letters each subsequent line. Ex: card, cord, core, more, mire, hire, hare, hard…
Monday: A succesful standup comedian suffers a head injury and starts losing the ability to understand the meaning of specific words, like “cup” and “narcotic.” 1500 words max.
Tuesday: Write a story about a character who undergoes an entire life cycle–birth, life, death–within the span of a minute.
Wednesday: Write a story that includes every member of a second grade class as a character.
Thursday: “Can I haz cheezburger?” Write a story that imagines the difficult inner emotional lives of your least favorite Internet memes.
Friday: Write a paragraph about cheese.
Saturday: A scene in which a character confronts their own insecurity but doesn’t know it.
Sunday: “The first rule about Knitting Club…” Write a story about a knitting circle that devolves into violent conflict.
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.