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.”