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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!

You can find more writing and art activities on our Activities pages.

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Creativity Prompts

Go to a safe place outdoors, sit somewhere, and close your eyes. Spend several minutes listening for all the sounds you can hear, and pay close attention to what you can smell in the air. When you open your eyes again, write some notes. Later, use those notes to write ...
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Write a story about you, but in a parallel universe where you had a different life. What would happen if you went to a different school, had different parents, or lived somewhere else? Submit to the September Flash Contest here ...
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Take a photo that represents your understanding of home. This could mean a place, a “feeling”, or even a person ...
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Write fan fiction for a story you love, but change a background detail, like the setting or time period ...
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Use J.M.W. Turner's painting The Banks of the Loire as a starting point for a stream of consciousness piece. You can write a stream of consciousness piece about the painting itself, about how you imagine the world in the painting to be, or you can just use the painting as ...
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Set a timer for 45 minutes and draw a portrait of your pet or a favorite toy looking directly at you. (You might need to use a photo of your pet as they probably won’t stay still that long!) ...
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Come up with an annoying habit and write about a world where this is a good thing! Maybe you don’t like it when people pick their noses. Why not write about a world where all the cool kids pick their noses!  ...
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