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Stay Creative with Stone Soup

Our Weekly Creativity prompts challenge you to make a piece of writing (a poem, a journal entry, a story outline, a review) or art, or music, or a spoken word recording, or other piece of creative work. All the prompts we have written are brought together on this page – see below. The first prompt of the month is also a Flash Contest!

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Creativity Prompts

Choose one of these photos from the collection of street photographer Vivian Maier. Imagine the context behind the photo and write a short story that captures the scene in words ...
Write a story about someone stranded on an island. How did they get there? How do they survive? What few items do they have with them? Invent the circumstances and a way for your character to escape ...
Take a photograph that captures a mundane domestic scene, but with one detail amiss. Maybe it’s the inside of your refrigerator, but with a book in it. Whatever you can think of that would make the viewer look twice. Think carefully about the composition of the piece and stage the ...
What song have you had on repeat lately? Write a poem that incorporates the song ...
Brew some tea or coffee and splatter it on a piece of paper. Draw something using the stains as your guide ...
Write about what would happen to novel or fairytale characters if they existed in real life. Think about practical conventions that might surprise them. For example, Prince Charming (Sleeping Beauty) might balk at getting a job; Jo March (Little Women) isn’t an obvious candidate for make-up vlogger ...
Rewrite an exciting episode from a favorite novel as a Ballad at least 30 lines long ...
Write a story backwards. In other words, start with the conclusion, then explain what happened that led up to the action or event ...
It’s the last day of July! Write a sonnet (a 14-line poem) in celebration of Summer. For some fun hints about the form of a “sonnet”, read this one by Billy Collins ...
Write about your future. What will a typical day be like for your adult self? Will you still live near where you live now? Will you have the same friends? What will your family be like? What will you be doing? ...