Write Right Now (Sweet Talk)


This week’s creative prompts are inspired by the sweets and sugar that often pervade the holiday season. Take a few minutes to study the saccharine, in writing or art.

  • Write about a time you encountered the unfamiliar holiday sweet treats of another family or culture.
  • From fro-yo to tutti frutti, fun words for the sugary abound. Do something wild with them.
  • Ask a family member for a recipe of an oft-made holiday treat from years ago. Re-create it with diligence, and write about the experience of preparing and/or consuming it.
  • Listen to a sweet song multiple times while free-writing. See what comes.
  • Pour. Stir. Drizzle. Glaze. Make a list of baking-related action verbs and incorporate at least half of them into a poem or short piece of prose.
  • Recall a favorite holiday treat from childhood. Describe the taste, the ingredients, who made it, and any specific memory of eating it.
  • Focus on a sweet dream, recalled or invented.
  • Consider the powerful sugar art of Kara Walker in writing.
  • Travel back to 1960’s sweets. Include one or more forgotten desserts in a poem or piece of prose.
  • List a Baker’s Dozen of things, people, or conditions that you’re grateful for this holiday season.

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.