Write Right Now (Look Up!)


This week’s creative prompts take inspiration from the splendors of the sky and space. Take a few minutes, or more, to ponder the starry beyond.

  • Choose ten items at random from the English-language side of this list of constellation names and fit them into a poem or piece of flash prose.
  • Landing a rover on Mars would’ve been unthinkable to most of us 20 years ago. Make a list of imagined space-travel-related news headlines for 20 years from now.
  • Let a vintage NASA photo propel you into a piece of writing.
  • Imagine a character from another planet who’s doing their best to fit in on Earth. Describe some small ways in which they inadvertently demonstrate their otherwordliness, or write a scene or some verse in which it’s revealed to great reactioneither good or bad.
  • Write a scene, story, or poem taking place either before, or after, a total solar eclipse. Read Annie Dillard’s essay as inspiration.
  • Recall a time when you were struck by the abundanceor absenceof visible stars in the night sky. Write about it.
  • Listen to Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’ while writing, and see what the music inspires.
  • Outline a piece of prose or poetry that takes the form of ideas orbiting a central idea, a heat and light source. Map out your idea like a solar system.
  • A nebula in space is a cloud of dust and gas that lights up beautifully. Write about an ordinary or even painful thing that is luminescent from a distant.
  • Find a recently reported UFO sighting from an area where you live, or have lived. Click on the date/time to read the reporter’s narrative, and use it as a starting point for a piece of writing.

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.