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: Use the words: butter, slingshot, elegy, and clamber in a poem (4 lines).
Tuesday: Send mail: Write 5 envelope quatrains about 5 different friends.
Wednesday: Write about a body’s–your’s, a newborn’s, a friend’s, a parent’s–smell.
Thursday: “[Blank] plus [blank] is a special kind of genius.” Fill in the blanks and use this line as the first or last line of a poem.
Friday: Describe your country’s national dance style in rhyming couplets.
Saturday: Write a poem in which a the speaker admits to infidelity.
Sunday: Beg, borrow, steal: Ask Emily Dickinson for help by using one of her poems as a template for yours.
Monday: Write a story where a family seceret is uncovered by a housefire.
Tuesday: “The worse the detective, the better the character…” Write a story about the world’s most incompetent P.I.
Wednesday: Write the last line to a 50,000 word novel about two women who have cancer.
Thursday: Character study: describe a character who left a law firm to become a gardener.
Friday: Coming out: write a scene that takes place inside a closet.
Saturday: Write three paragraph-long scenes in which the same character keeps getting involved with unavailable women.
Sunday: Write a story about a divorced father building his five-year-old daughter a tree fort.