Friday, April 27, 2012

Word Play Writing Prompts

Monkey by eirikref
Monkey, a photo by eirikref on Flickr.
For today's creative writing prompts, I would like you to use at least 5 of the words or phrases below in a short story, essay or poem.


essence, stern, concrete, sorrow, flying ball, shadows, curve, conquer, tangled, contortion, life, worn out, bubble, hula-hoop, neck, root, pressing down,
cut flowers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poem in Your Pocket Writing Prompts

Heart Shutters by GenevaLife
Heart Shutters, a photo by GenevaLife on Flickr.
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

- Emily Dickinson

HAPPY POEM IN YOUR POCKET DAY!  Today I am happy to offer poem in your pocket poetry prompts and the beautiful poem above by Emily Dickinson.  But I did not forget my fiction writers.  There is a story prompt for you below. 

Enjoy your day and don't leave the house with a poem in your pocket.  Here are some more pocket poems. 

Poetry Prompts: Write a pocket-sized poem of 7 lines or less on any subject, or use the picture for inspiration.


Write a poem that is 10 lines or less that starts with the line
"If I can. . . "

Story Prompt:  Write a scene that is going on behind the shutters in the pictures.  Use only two characters, but they both do not have to be human.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Hunger Games Writing Prompts

Today's writing prompts are inspired by The Hunger Games. Whether you know anything about the book or movie, you will be able to respond to the prompt below inspired by a quote from Suzanne Collins' masterpiece.

“As long as you can find yourself, you’ll never starve.” - Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Poetry and Essay prompt: Think about things that fill your emotional hunger. What, besides food, keeps you alive? Free-write a list for one minute. After a minute is up, pick one thing from your list and start an essay or a poem.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Picture Word Association Writing Prompts

For today's creative writing prompts, I want you to look at this picture and free write words, only words, for one minute.

To get you started, I will tell you the first word that came to my mind when I saw this beautiful swan was "transformation."

After you free-write your words for one minute, select one of the words from your list to start a poem, story, essay, play, song, etc. Give yourself 7 minutes to go with that and see what you get.

As always, feel free to share a bit of what you end up with in the comments section.