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Summer Writing Prompts

Reading Rebecca Moon Rouke’s reflection on her relationship with writing prompts Omer at Rust Belt Girl got me thinking about my own experience with them. I would say at least 60% of my poetry has been inspired by prompts, and they were invaluable when I was writing my first poems after a 15 year absence from creative writing.

One of my favorite places to find writing prompts is Instagram, where many poets and artists post monthly prompt lists. They are usually seasonally themed and often paired with equally inspiring visuals. I’ve compiled all of the ones I’ve bookmarked for July below, take a look and let me know if any of them spark creativity!

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  1. Thank you for the shout-out! I’m so glad my post got you thinking about your poetry-writing successes with the help of prompts. What a great collection of prompts you have compiled here. I need to get out and look at poetry on IG more. I’m usually drawn to prompts that are more than just a single noun, so “How to get out of bed” or “Write a poem from the moon’s perspective”–both of those have got my wheels turning!

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