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Free daily writing projects

If you're at a loose end, a fixed writing time can help add some structure and rhythm to your days. I suggest half an hour "morning pages" (rapid-writing mind-dump) before or after breakfast, plus a regular writing slot elsewhere in the day, either at your most alert time (eg 11am, for me) or at a "slump" time where you might otherwise feel aimless (eg 4pm, for me). This writing slot might be 10 minutes, half an hour, or an hour, up to you. (I suggest you decide in advance, though, for that day / that week.)

Here's a collection of writing prompts you can use, for fiction and poetry.


Fiction projects of 12 prompts each

12 Days of Writing: Maps

A set of writing prompts based around one premise, to take you through various aspects of story creation, based on the Story Elements course, one a day for 12 days.


12 Days of Writing: Spices


Another 12-day set of writing prompts based on the Story Elements course, with different prompts and a different starting point


Ten-minute writing prompts

12 stand-alone writing prompts, each developing a specific aspect of writing. Each one is designed to work as a 10-minute exercise, though you can extend them if you want.


Poetry projects

NaPoWriMo: National Poetry Writing Month


Daily poetry prompts for NaPoWriMo from 1 April 2020, with carefully designed content prompts to take your mind elsewhere for a bit.

Read the introduction here and sign up in that blog post for daily prompts by email or check here for the latest prompts.


16 poetry forms to try out

Sixteen fun poetic forms to play with – click on the picture of each pic for more detail about that form and an example.

Elevenie poem Golden Shovel poem Triolet poem Ekphrasis poem
Cinquain poem Wreathed poem Fold poem Coupling poem
Rubliw poem Nonet poem Katauta poem Quintilla poem
Pleiades poem Roundelay poem Sonnet San san poem


Conservatory in daylight with tables set up Premise circles Felt-tips, grapes, sharpies, scissors, and sequins The conservatory at night with fairylights Collage of colourful decor for the magical realism workshop Three hands reaching in to brainstorm on one sheet Grapes and handouts on a table Tables, plants and paintings - the workshop space for summer workshops Handouts on pale yellow paper rolled and tucked into jars, with instructions tied on with string Writing on coloured post-it strips Collage of differently coloured handouts in jars and lying on the table Conservatory by night with fairylights, from a different angle Felt-tips, handouts, and several Tom Phillips style exercises in progress

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