We’ve found writing prompts to be helpful as they trigger inspiration and make us practice skills outside of our usual writing area. The piece can be a sentence, a paragraph or however long the writing muse dwells.
Group members attending each meeting brainstorm and agree on the writing prompt for the next meeting.
December 3: Pick a historical figure, and write their resume.
November 5: Write about an unforeseen event in your life, or an event that had an unexpected outcome. What was a surprise? Was it good or bad? What were the consequences (if any)?
October 1: Something Wicked (in honor of the ACCC Literary Committee-sponsored event on October 13, AND in honor of All Hallows’ Eve and Spooky Season)! To celebrate the eerie, mysterious, and macabre, write a piece with a horror or supernatural theme.
September 10: Write about The Storm, in whatever form that takes. The storm outside, or the storm within? Thunder, dust, snow, or fire? Terrifying, or rejuvenating? Use all your senses.
August 6: Write about an unexpected package.
July 9: Pick one (or more) of the following word prompts:
(These prompts coincide with the themes for “August Inspirations”: an ACCC-sponsored musician/writer collaboration event on August 4th! See our Events page for more details about this event!)
June 4: It’s a free write! Share what writerly wordage has inspired you over the last month.
May 7: Write a letter to your nemesis (human or nonhuman).
April 2: If you could do anything today (within your current financial situation/living circumstances) without fear, what would you do?
March 5: Write about something you used to do when you were young, that you won’t ever do again.
February 5: Forgotten Spaces, Forgotten Things (aka, “write about something you found in your junk drawer/closet/forgotten space”)
January 8: Pick one (or more) of the following:
(These prompts coincide with the themes for the ACCC Winter Celebration on January 27th! See our Events page for more details about this event!)
December 4: Traditions
November 6: Take a fairy tale character(s) out of their story and put them in a different setting/situation: *Another fairy tale *Real life/contemporary life *A different time period
*Focus on their character traits/character history from their regular story: have they changed? Have they learned a lesson?
October 2: See above.
September 4: Write a piece about change.
August 7: Write a piece that includes a body of water and makes use of all five senses.
July 10: The most annoying thing
June 12: The smell of hamburgers cooking…
May 15th: Write about an encounter with law enforcement.
April 10th: “Inspired By Actual Events” (use a story from the news or history books to inspire a short work of fiction)
March 6th: Eavesdropping on a conversation
February 6th: Winter Day
January 2nd: How Are You?