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.
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.