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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

If the coronavirus were a supervillain, what would they look like? What name would it give itself? Draw an artistic representation of what you believe they look like. Consider submitting your drawing to our COVID-19 blog submissions category! ...
Write about why writing is awkward. Or whatever else you want to say but don't think you can ...
Write about the most interesting people you know. They can be your age, older, or younger. They don't have to be considered interesting by anyone but you. They just have to be people you think are cool ...
Your main character’s sibling, cousin, or best friend has been given a prize, award, honor or other distinction that they had hoped to receive for themselves. Write a story about what happens–how they feel, what they do, and how it impacts their relationship with the other character ...
Write about your most embarrassing moment. You can embellish as much as you want. (This might be a stretch–but it won't be so embarrassing once you've put it into words!) ...
Still life paintings are full of hidden meaning. Look carefully at “Vanitas” by Pieter Claesz (1597-1661). Make a list of at least 6 items that you can identify in it, and think about what they convey. What would some equivalent objects be in today’s world? Now, find those objects in ...
Some of the earliest novels were written in the form of letters between characters. Try writing a story as a series of text messages, group chats, emails, letters or postcards exchanged between at least two characters ...
Now that people are staying indoors because of strict quarantining, animals all around the world are beginning to wander out of their homes and into the world of humans, from dolphins in the Venice canals, coyotes in San Francisco, and herds of goats roaming the streets of Wales. Write a ...
Look to your immediate left or right and draw what you see using an art technique you’ve never used before. Could be stippling, cross-hatching, sgraffito, cross counter, etc. Get creative! ...
What is your favorite superpower? Now imagine everyone in the world has that one power. What would happen? Would we work together to regulate the usage of the superpower, or would the world descend into chaos as everyone fights for power? If everyone had the same power, would it still ...