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A perfect Independence Day writing prompt

Write a story about a character who makes a declaration of independence. What does the character want to be free from: a job, a relationship, a habit? How will the character disengage from that tyranny? What happens as a result? How does the character grow and change from the experience? Do life, liberty, and the …

Published: July 3, 2018

June writing prompt: Road trip!

Your protagonist is going on a road trip. The catch? Your antagonist is calling shotgun. Where is this unlikely duo going? What happens along the way? Do they ever reach their final destination?

Published: June 22, 2018

June writing prompt: Ticket to misery

  Write a short story from the perspective of someone going on a trip he or she does not want to take. What misadventures does this person experience along the way? What is the backstory? Can it get better? Start the story at what seems like a random moment in the trip, filling in the …

Published: June 1, 2018

May writing prompt: Deserted island

For the past year, you’ve been stranded alone on a desert island…or so you thought. Yesterday, you found out you were not alone. What happened? And more importantly: What’s your next move?

Published: May 4, 2018

April writing prompt: New again

Pull out your favorite poetry volume and turn to a random page. Analyze the work before you, reading line by line for details, structure and hidden meanings. What about this piece is special? Is there anything about it that resembles your own work? Close the book and try to write your own poem using that …

Published: April 13, 2018

April writing prompt: Spring is in the air

  Spring is one of the most magical times of the year, as the earth comes back to life after a long winter’s nap. Go outside and breathe in your surroundings. Use what you see, hear, smell, and feel to inspire a poem. What textures do you feel? What scents do you smell? What colors …

Published: April 6, 2018

April writing prompt: Sorry, not sorry

  Read “This Is Just to Say,” the famous apology poem about plums in an icebox by William Carlos Williams. Write your own apology poem about something you are not really sorry about – maybe erasing your spouse’s favorite reality show from the DVR, tossing the belongings of a difficult ex, or eating the whole …

Published: March 30, 2018