Write Right Now (Bugs!)


This week’s prompts are inspired by the bug, ever present and often willfully ignored. From entomology to etymology, take a few minutes (or more) to appreciate the minute among us.

  • Respond to an insect image that strikes you, in prose or verse.
  • Consider the various bugs of winter: from a benign sniffle to a full-blown flu. Write about a childhood memory of being sick.
  • Write a scene (real or imagined) involving entomophagy, either intentional or accidental.
  • Moths have a remarkable sense of smell, the result of receptors covering their antennae. Write a moth-inspired piece in which both smell and the attraction of light play a central role.
  • Punch Buggy is either a beloved car-ride tradition, or an infuriating backseat distraction, depending upon whom you ask. Invent a new car game, and write a scene or poem in which it appears.
  • Perform a honeybee-inspired waggle dance and, in words, explore your reaction to the experience.
  • Think about something, or someone, that bugs you (e.g., the squeaky door hinge, the guy on your block who refuses to shovel his sidewalk), and make a list of things you could do today in order to get over it.
  • Depending on the person (and the bug), bug bites can manifest as a near-benign irritation or a life-threatening episode worthy of immediate medical attention. Write a real or imagined scene involving a bug bite.
  • Write about a putting a bug in someone’s earliterally or figuratively.
  • Our developers work hard to seek out bugs in our software. Find a bug in one of our new features? Let us know!

Did you miss earlier prompts lists? Here they are.

Like what you’ve written? Put it away for a week, then revisit, and revise, revise, revise. When it’s ready to go, submit. If you have feedback, or ideas for prompts, please get in touch.