1. Set an alarm for 3 a.m. When you wake up, write down the first thing that pops into your head. Do this for a week and see what flourishes.
2. Rewrite the plot of your favorite fairytale and add a modern twist.
3. Watch the ‘90s movie 10 Things I Hate About You, and then write a Shakespearean sonnet about someone you hate.
4. Write a prose poem using every word only once. This includes “a,” “the,” and other common words. No cheating!
5. Write a haiku for your mom.
6. Write an entire poem while sitting on the toilet.
7. Sit at a bus stop during high traffic hour and write a description of the most unique outfit you see. Use details to develop a character.
8. Write a letter to someone in the dark.
9. Write a poem about your favorite fruit in the shape of your favorite fruit.
10. Be the anti-Taylor Swift; try writing a poem about yourself from your former significant other’s point of view.
11. Make creative writing into a drinking game. Every time you accidentally change tenses in a story, you have to drink.
12. Write a story and then reverse the order of the paragraphs.
13. Grab a few other writers and play telephone poetry! First write three lines of poetry, fold the paper over the first two lines, and pass it to your left. Continue until you have created a collaborative poem.
14. Write a short story from the perspective of an inanimate object.
15. Write a love letter to your favorite body part.
16. Transform an academic paper into a poem by adding imagery and condensing language.
17. Go to a coffee shop and eavesdrop on people’s conversations. Write down any interesting dialogue you hear, and use it to start a story.
18. Write a poem inspired by the painting, “The Scream.”
19. Create a fictional product and write a commercial jingle for it.
20. Write a television script based on a day in your life.