Write Right Now (Peter Piper)


Even if you can’t adjust the temperature outside, warm up with this week’s creative prompts, focused on peppers and spice.  

  • Cayenne pepper can stop bleeding and capsaicin reduces pain. Write about, or invent, a cure from the kitchen.
  • Craft prose or verse around a type of chili pepper you’ve never heard of.
  • Use the full name of one or more Chili’s menu items in a piece of writing. You could also try one as a title and see what happens, or as an acrostic.
  • Write about a time when you ate something so hot it left you speechless, made you sweat, or brought you to tears.
  • Revise a piece of writing and use the Scoville scale. Decide how many heat units the piece currently has and pick a new rating to aim for in revision.
  • The hints of spice (cinnamon, chili) in Mexican chocolate make the flavor unique. Add spice to one of your stories or poems by working in something unexpected and create a new kind of deliciousness.
  • Take inspiration from saffron: the history, cost, visual splendor, or some combination of these.
  • Create a piece of writing like you would a spice mix: with small proportions of a certain number of ingredients. Make a list of seemingly unrelated “spices” beforehand, such as words, literary devices, or plot points.
  • Use much spicier language than you normally would in a poem or prose piece. Take from forgotten swears if you need inspiration.

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.