First Five Fragments for Friday – Prompts for Fiction vs. Prompts for Poetry

This week, I’m doing something slightly different. I’m offering two lists of five things. One list contains poetry prompts; the other, flash fiction prompts. Why separate the two? Because as an editor who readily agrees that a prompt can be used for either kind of writing, I’m also keenly aware of the differences between poetry […]

First Five Fragments for Friday – Readers Respond Edition

Your weekly offering of writing prompts. Last week,  I asked for readers to share their favorite prompts, hoping we would get some really specific ones, to share in this week’s Fragments. Here they are: 1. Morning tea 2. Memories 3. Write a poem of supplication (from Diane Lockward’s Poetry newsletter) 4. Scent Thank you to […]

First Five Fragments for Friday – What November Brings

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts.November in Minnesota. We begin with the left-over Halloween candy then move to elections, frosty mornings, deer-hunting season, rotting jack-o-lanterns tossed in the garden, and Thanksgiving menus. Holiday decorations appear first in the retail outlets, and then creep closer and closer to our own front doors. We debate whether shopping […]

First Five Fragments for Friday – Which Witch is Which Edition

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts. Halloween will never stop being one of my favorite days of the year. Never! And so, of course, this week’s prompts are really an indulgence in all things witchy. I give you five fun witches, all of whom hang out at my house. Happy Halloween, everybody! Fun Fact for […]

First Five Fragments for Friday – A Happy Looking Back Edition

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts. So often during autumn, I get nostalgic as I tromp through fallen leaves, breathe in that crisp cold air, and crave Halloween candy. It’s a happy sort of nostalgia. And, so, this week’s prompts are flashes of my past life. Really old flashes from a simple, happy time. from […]

First Five Fragments for Friday – It’s in the Details

Your weekly offering of writing/art prompts. Earlier this week, I wrote about my unwavering focus on Little Trees car fresheners, which I saw dangling from the rearview mirror of the car in front of me at a stoplight. It’s attention to those little details that sometimes turns into a story, a work of art, a […]