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 reaction—either 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 abundance—or absence—of 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.