This week, Joan Leotta offers some new writing prompts, which will give you all sorts of things to write about related to the month of May.
Creative Writing Prompts
1. This Mother’s Day you will be a mother — for the first time! Write 500 words about how you feel about that.
2. You have just become a mother. How does that change (or does it?) your relationship with your own mother?
3. Generations upon generations. Write a poem about wisdom passed down through the female line in your family.
4. May Flowers. Write a poem about your favorite May flower.
5. My Name Day comes in May — a European tradition of celebration of the day of the saint for which you were named. Do you have a name day saint or were you named for a special person in or out of your family? Write about the attachment you feel to the person you were named for.
6. Write about the feeling you get when you can open the windows, let the top down in a convertible, hop on the back of a motorcycle…any one or all of those. Write for ten minutes without stopping.
7. The end of this month is Memorial Day — the day when people decorate the graves of veterans. Have you ever gone out to the cemetery to “decorate” the grave of a friend or family member who fell in war?” Write a poem about it.
8. Many people like to watch parades, but have you ever marched in one? What is the preparation like? How did you find faces of friends and family in the crowd as you marched?
9. If your birthday were in May, what day would you pick? Why?
10. Have you ever been in a May Day celebration? Been elected May Queen? Wished you were elected May Queen? Write a short story about a girl who desperately wants to be May Queen — it is up to you to make her dream come true or use your pen to crush her dreams.
About Joan Leotta
Joan Leotta has been playing with words since childhood.
She is a poet, essayist, journalist, playwright, and author of several books both fiction and non-fiction for children and adults.
Joan lives in Calabash, NC where she walks the beach with husband, Joe.
You can contact her via her blog or her Facebook page.