For this week’s creative prompts, the theme is technology. Take a few minutes, or more, to write into the computer-fueled future past—or art it out, whatever your medium may be.
- Invent a robot to accomplish a task you despise. Describe your invention using the five senses.
- Code can be beautiful. Pick an image and write a series of metaphors and similes about computer language focused on its visual qualities — e.g., like falling stars, ribbons of moss, june bugs spiraling a tunnel.
- Make a list of technologies (real or invented) you fear. Pick one to write further into.
- Use several words from this programming vocab list in a way that defies their linked definition.
- Create a formula for a poem or prose piece. For example: Each line will have three plurals and one noun. Each sentence will have one more word than sentence before it. Use your formula consistently or break it noticeably to see what happens.
- AI is all around us. Write a poem or piece of prose in which AI goes awry (actually or in imagination). Perhaps we’ve taught a machine to do something but it teaches itself more, or what it learns has unexpected consequences.
- Think of a wearable or implantable technology whose existence would’ve seemed improbable—if not impossible—to most people a decade ago. Describe it, as though for someone completely unfamiliar with it, and then write a scene or poem in which it plays a crucial role.
- Sit with your computer in a public spot and play around with this hacker impersonator. Write about any reactions you observe from the people around you.
- Free write about the earliest tech-related sci-fi show or movie you can recall. Maybe it’s Blade Runner, Inspector Gadget, Small Wonder, or Voltron? And may we never forget The Matrix.
- Write an ekphrastic piece in response to one or more of these AI-generated visual art pieces.
Did you miss earlier prompts lists? Here they are.