Write Right Now (On Ice)


Since its hot, and the grass is always greener, this week’s theme for creative prompts is coldness. Take a moment to chill out in writing or art, whatever your medium may be.

  • Let a snow globe shake up your writing. You could find an image for inspiration or set a scene inside a wintry globe on a frozen night.
  • Put some idiomatic ice in your life (and in a piece of writing).
  • Consider chilly receptions, frosty glances, and other expressions of emotional frigidity.
  • Think of the noises made by ice, from the slow cracking of a thawing pond, to the clattering of cubes through the ice maker on a refrigerator door. Include one of these sounds in your opening line or verse.
  • Use the actual sound, or name, of one of these icy sound effects, to inspire new work.
  • On December 14, 1924, in Fairfield, MT, a strong cold front moved through town, dropping the temperature 84 degrees in 12 hours: from 63°F at noon, to -21°F at midnight. Document or fictionalize an epic temperature drop.
  • Fans! Include an overhead fan, box fan, or hand-held fan in a bit of prose or verse.
  • Do you feel the coming rain or cold in your bones? Imagine or invent some new way to predict future weather (cooling weather) through the body.
  • Write to the prismatic wonder of the snowflake.
  • Recall, or invent, a scene played out against a backdrop of extreme cold.

Did you miss earlier prompts lists? Here they are.

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

[Photograph of the Clark Fork River by Submittable team member Kelly Hart]