For Wednesday, August 6
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that includes a sunrise.
1. If there’s a person involved, write about their interior state of mind.
2. Write about the most dramatic sunrise you’ve ever seen.
3. Write about waiting in relation to a sunrise.
4. Sunrises are often signs of hope or renewal. Try writing a piece in which a sunrise conjures up opposite feelings, perhaps of frustration, disappointment, or despair.
For Tuesday, August 5
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that revolves an unusual object, one that is particularly odd, chilling, or mildly gruesome.
1. Make your opening line a clear, simple description of the object: Snakes in a jar. A rusty pile of nails. A broken marionette.
2. Are you afraid to touch it? Is your character shocked to see?
3. Does it raise concerns? Bring back memories?
For Friday, August 1, 2014
Write in the voice of one of your ancestors.
Tell a story in their voice that describes a great difficulty.
Describe a small triumph.
If you don’t a strong sense of an ancestor, imagine how they might have talked or write pure fiction.
For Monday, August 4, 2014
Write an overheard conversation that takes place in this parking lot.
Sunday August 3
You are on a train. This is what you see when you look out the window.
Write in response for 15 minutes.
Imagine this is where you (or your character) lived 10, 20, or 30 years ago. You haven’t been back since. Write what goes through your mind.
This is your next stop. Write about what happens when you disembark from the train.
This is where you last saw your brother. Write about that. (Variations: This is where you last saw your father. Your best friend. Your army buddy. Your youngest child.)
Write a poem, flash fiction piece or the beginning of a story inspired by this photo.
Incorporate at least four of these words: rough pie slant oboe smooth dirt bolt round home worn road deserted once must broom
Write for 15 minutes.
Sunday, July 27, 2014 • Prompt #84
Write about buttons.
- Find two or three buttons.
- Hold them in your hand.
- Describe their weight, color, texture and material.
- What is your response seeing or touching these buttons?
- Write for 20 minutes.
Options and Springboards
- Write about a button found on the sidewalk.
- Write about an absent button, missing from a coat or sleeve.
Writing Group Options
- Each group member brings several buttons to writing group.
- Put them all in the middle of the table.
- Choose one to write about.
- Fashion a poem, story or creative non-fiction piece around it.