Friday Prompts

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Begin by describing someone’s hair.


Describe a place you have never been.


Listen to Biber – Passacaglia in G minor on YouTube and then write whatever comes.


Read Robert Frost’s ‘The Road Not Taken.’ Then use the theme. You or a character have a choice to make: between two lovers, two jobs, two places to live in, two cultures….


Think of something you hate and write about it as if you loved it.


Begin by describing someone’s hands.


Begin with a texture: the feeling of warm sand, or soft velvet or the bristles of a front-door mat under your boots…’


Write from the point of view of an animal.


Wherever you are, let your gaze wander and alight on an object. That object is your prompt.


You (or a character) is late.


She/he was not done with….’


This week’s prompt in celebration of Maya Angelou: begin with the phrase ‘I rise….’


Write an elegy for a place.


In memory of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Take the first line of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ as your prompt: It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.


Take the word ‘flight’ as your prompt.


You or a character finds something in someone else’s pocket.


Open a book at random and take the third sentence on the page as your prompt.


Choose a verb from the following list: glitter, soar, clamber, fall, leave, and a noun from the list: dust, shell, stone, dirt, hand. Now combine them in a sentence and use that sentence as your prompt.


Think of your favourite song and take the first line as your prompt.


Someone is late.


Write from this word: Flood.


Imagine a bag a satchel, a handbag, a briefcase, a suitcase, a backpack – whose is it? What’s in it? Now use it as your prompt.


Think of an idiom or use one of these:

go for broke,

find your feet,

get bent out of shape,

down to the wire.

Forget what it means and use it as your prompt.


Take two minutes to make a list of new things. Use one of these as your prompt.


Begin with a description of the quality of the light.


Make a list of simple pleasures. Use one of them as your prompt.
Use a title from one of Alice Munro’s collections as your prompt. Try: Dear Life, Too Much Happiness, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, Runaway, Love of a Good Woman, or Open Secrets.


Think of an animal. Jot down 6 words that describe it including at least two verbs. Now use those words in a piece that is not about the animal.


Inspired by international book week: Pick up any book close to hand, turn to page 52 and take the 5th sentence as your prompt.


In honour of Seamus Heaney, read his poem ‘Digging’ and choose a line from it to prompt your writing.


Waiting to migrate


A minor Mishap


Read your favourite poem Let a line jump out at you. Start your writing with that line.




You, or a character goes through someone’s pockets


There’s an elephant in the room.