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 a poem in which the words start out not rhyming but over time become slanted towards each other and finally end in rich rhyme. (10 lines)
Tuesday: Develop a poem in which the voice of the speaker changes genders.
Wednesday: String together a series of taglines or slogans to create a poem about your feeling towards your first love.
Thursday: Craft a poem that deals with the concept of sinking (8 lines).
Friday: Start a poem with “In the margins…” (11 lines)
Saturday: Develop a city pastoral, focused only on smell. (6 smells)
Sunday: Watch a video of back-up singers, and write a poem that showcases their participation.
Monday: 1501 words. No adjectives. No adverbs. Write a story about a character discovering a secret in a friend’s bathroom.
Tuesday: Eat. Pray. Love. Write a story about a character who hates him/herself because s/he eats too little, prays too little, and imagines she isn’t much loved.
Wednesday: Write a scene between two characters who speak exclusively in lyrics from 1990s TV sitcoms.
Thursday: Create a dialogue in which one character speaks in present tense, and the other speaks in past tense only.
Friday: Write a brief, 200-word story in which every sentence delivers at least one surprise.
Saturday: Write a scene that incorporates the following dialogue: “You never heard of him? He’s a big deal.” “Everyone here’s a big deal.”
Sunday: Write a story that ends with the sentence: “You can’t fight what you can’t see, or at least that’s what I learned at Chuck E. Cheese.”
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.