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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

Literary remix

Borrow a couple of characters from a favorite classic novel, put them in a situation from another novel, and write what happens next. For example, imagine Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester on the whale ship Pequod from Moby-Dick. Why are they there? What happens? How do they interact with Captain Ahab and Ishmael?

Published: March 21, 2018

A life remembered

Write your own eulogy. What events in your life would you emphasize? What aspects would you downplay? Capture the essence of your character through anecdotes and specific details. Provide enough information so the reader has a clear, overarching impression of your life. After writing the eulogy, choose one event or aspect as the base for …

Published: March 2, 2018

Lost & found

  Write about something you lost at some point in your life, something you’ve never found. Next, write a scene in which you find it. Where do you find it? How much later? Does it still hold the same meaning for you? Write at least two pages.

Published: February 8, 2018