52 + Paragraph Prompts

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1.Name: Write a poem or short story using your name in some way or form.

2.Dear Diary: Write a poem or short story about a diary entry you’ve read or imagined.

3.Greed: Write about someone who always wants more – whether it be money, power, etc. etc.

4.Great Minds: Write  about someone you admire and you thought to have had a beautiful mind.

5.Frame It: Write a poem or some phrases that would make for good wall art in your home.

6.Acrostic: Choose a word and write an acrostic poem where every line starts with a letter from the word.

7.Drinks on Me: Write a poem or short story that takes place at a bar.

8.Camera: Take your camera for a walk and write based on one of the photographs you take.

9.Addict: Everyone’s addicted to something in some shape or form. What are things you can’t go without?

10.Shaping Up: Write something that makes a shape on the page…ie: a circle, a heart, a square, etc.

11.Promise to Yourself: Write about a promise you want to make to yourself and keep.

12.Photograph: Write a story or journal entry influenced by a photograph you see online or in a magazine.

13.Ode to Strangers: Go people watching and write an ode to a stranger you see on the street.

14.Carnival: Write a poem or story or journal entry inspired by a carnival or street fair.

15.Stray Animal: Think of the life of a stray cat or dog and write about that.

16.Read the News Today: Construct a poem or story using a news headline for your first line.

17.Mailbox: Create a poem, short story, or journal entry based on a recent item of mail you’ve received.

18.Gloves: Write about a pair of gloves – what kind of gloves are they? Who wears them and why?

19.Mailbox: Open your mailbox and write something inspired by one of the pieces of mail you received.

20.Hotel: Write from the perspective of someone who works at a hotel or staying at a hotel.

21.Write for a Cause: Write a poem or essay that raises awareness for a cause you support.

22.Dragon: Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language.

23.Dollhouse: Write a poem or short story from the viewpoint of someone living in a doll house.

24.Natural Wonders of the World: Choose one of the natural wonders of the world. Write about it.

25.Fairy Tales: Rewrite a fairy tale. Give it a new ending or make it modern or write as a poem.

26.Failure: Write about a time you failed at something. Did you try again or give up completely?

27.How Does Your Garden Grow? Write about a flower that grows in an unusual place.

28.Neighborhood: Write about your favorite place in your neighborhood to visit and hang out at.

29.Strength: Think of a time when you’ve been physically or emotionally strong and use that as inspiration.

30.A Far Away Place: Envision yourself traveling to a fictional place, what do you experience in your imaginary journey?

31.Brick Wall: Write a poem that is about a brick wall – whether literal or figurative.

32.The Vessel: Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.

33.The Rocket-ship: Write about a rocket-ship on its way to the moon or a distant galaxy far, far, away.

34.Foreclosure: Write a poem or short story about someone who has lost or is about to lose their home.

35.Fear: What scares you a little? What do you feel when scared? How do you react?

36.Rewrite: Take any poem or short story you enjoy. Rewrite it in your own words.

37.The Promise: Write about a promise you’ve made to someone. Did you keep that promise?

38.Break the Silence: Record yourself speaking, then write down what you spoke and revise into a short story or poem.

39.Gratitude: Write a poem or journal entry that is all about things you are thankful for.

40.Timer: Set a timer for 5 minutes and just write. Don’t worry about it making sense or being perfect.

41.Smoke and Fire: “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” Use this saying as inspiration to write!

42.Quotable: Use a popular quote from a speaker and use it as inspiration for your writing.

43.Title First: Make a list of potential poem or story titles and choose one to write from.

44.The Windows of the Soul: Write a poem about the story that is told through someone’s eyes.

45.Greeting: Write a story or poem that starts with the word “hello” or another greeting.

46.The Letter: Write a poem or story using words from a famous letter or inspired by a letter someone sent you.

47.Dictionary Definition: Open up a dictionary to a random word. Define what that word means to you.

48.Cleaning: Hey, even writers and creative artists have to do housework sometimes. Write about doing laundry, dishes, and other cleaning activities.

49.Mirror, Mirror: What if you mirror started talking to you? What might the mirror say?

50.The Stars: Take inspiration from a night sky. Or, write about a time when “the stars aligned” in your horoscope.

51.Tear-Jerker: Watch a movie that makes you cry. Write about that scene in the movie.

52.Sing a New Song: Take a popular song off the radio and rewrite it as a poem in your own words.