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List

Who doesn’t like a good list? Let’s make one today.

  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

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  • Write a countdown of your top-ten [insert the category of your choice]. Cookies, sci-fi movies, Disney villains… the possibilities are endless!
  • From Mozart to Dua Lipa (not to mention Billy Joel), list songs have been popular for centuries. Write your own, or adapt an existing one for your new post.
  • Tell a story — fictional or not — using a list as the device that frames your narrative.
  • Create a new playlist of songs that channel your mood today, and share it on your blog. (Bonus points: you can even embed it from YouTube, Spotify, and other services.)
  • Photographers, I’ll be honest: I don’t know what a visual list might look like, but I trust your ingenuity to create something amazing!
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Focus

Today, let’s draw all our attention to focus (or the lack thereof).

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  • Many people have been finding it more difficult to stay focused since pandemic-related restrictions have taken effect around the world. Are you one of them, and if so, how have you been navigating this challenge?
  • Tell us about a sound, a smell, or any other type of stimulus that helps you concentrate on one thing.
  • Photographers: share a photo with a particularly clear focal point. Or, conversely: post your favorite out-of-focus shot.
  • Share a story about a moment or a period in your life where, after feeling lost or distracted, you managed to refocus.
  • The word “focus” derives from the Latin for “hearth” — what is the equivalent of a hearth in your home? What’s the object, room, or activity around which everything else is organized?
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Team

Even the most self-sufficient among us occasionally find themselves part of a team.

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  • Sports fan? Easy: tell us about your favorite team and what keeps you rooting for them through thick and thin.
  • Photographers, show us close-knit groups of objects, buildings, animals, or people.
  • From high school rock bands to dragon-boat racing, what has been your most rewarding (or, conversely, most painful) experience of belonging to a team?
  • What’s the most impressive example of teamwork you’ve ever witnessed, whether you were part of it or remained an observer?
  • You’re founding a new team of superheroes and can choose up to three other people (dead or alive, fictional or real) to join you. Who do you choose, and what superpowers are they bringing to the group?
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Hidden

Today, let’s tune out the noise and turn our eyes to things that are normally hidden.

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  • What’s one thing about you — that you’re comfortable sharing, of course — that nobody would ever guess unless you told them?
  • Is there a spot in your town — a small park, a café, a bookstore — few people know about, and that you consider your own hidden gem? Tell us what makes it special (no need to name it if you’d like to keep it secret!).
  • You’re about to bury a time capsule for the next 30 years. What 5-7 objects would you put in it to represent your life in 2020?
  • Photographers, share an image of an object or a landscape that’s only partly visible.
  • Tell the story of a time when you discovered a hidden, previously unknown power within a person close to you.
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Magic

Whether you believe in it or not, magic is our word of the day!

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  • Describe a day in your life that felt thoroughly magical. When was it? Where and with whom were you? What made it feel that way?
  • If you could obtain one magical power — from telepathy to flight (let your imagination run wild!) — which one would you choose?
  • Share a photo or another visual artwork that conjures “magic.”
  • Tell us about a skill or a talent you have that has magically saved you from difficult situations time and again.
  • Feel like writing fiction today? Write a short story about a kid’s birthday party that goes awry because of something that happens during a magic show.
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Tempo

Let’s think about the word: tempo.

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  • If you’re a photographer, show us a photo that depicts motion. Feeling like you need more of a challenge? Share a series of three photos, showing slow, moderate, and fast motion.
  • We all march to the beat of our inner drummer. Write a post about your default tempo. Are you someone who likes to take the long slow road, stopping to snap photographs and smell all the flowers, or are you someone who prefers to know all the shortcuts to your destination?
  • Musicians: write a short melody, bass line, or chord progression of eight bars. Create three variations on the melody at three different tempos: 60 beats per minute, 90 beats per minute, and at 120 beats per minute.
  • Poets: choose a favorite poem and write about its rhythm. Check out some information on rhythm in poetry and share your analysis in a post.
  • Artists: do a series of three drawings of the same scene, but set your timer! For drawing one, render as much detail as you can in two minutes. For drawing two, use five minutes to draw the same scene. For drawing three: take ten minutes to draw the same scene. Post your work to your blog. Compare the drawings: which decisions did you have to make to be true to the scene in the time allotted?
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Note

Let’s think about a very interesting word: note.

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  • Today’s the day you start a diary. Take note of how you’re feeling. As Natalie Goldberg says in her book, Writing Down the Bones, “We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be recorded. This is how writers must think, this is how we must sit down with pen in hand. Remember: magnificent, really.
  • Are you self-isolating? Write a note to each person you’re sharing physical space with. Hide that note in a place you’ll know they’ll find it.
  • Poets, put your superpower of observation to work. Look out your window and take note of the first thing you see. It could be the tree across the street. A small bird landing on the ground in search of food. It could be a street sign, a brick building, or maybe an open field. Now, write a poem from the perspective of this inanimate object. How does it feel? What does it think?
  • Artists: put yourself in place where you slept as a child. Take note of everything you can remember. What did it look like? Smell like? Feel like? Render this space from memory in the medium of your choice.
  • Composers: put together an eight-bar melody using only dotted quarter notes and eighth notes.

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Elixir

Let’s think about the word: Elixir.

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  • For you, tell us about the elixir of life. Maybe it’s the dog’s wagging tail that lifts your flagging spirits. Maybe it’s the bloom you worked hard to tend. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, maybe it’s the sight of the ancient tree in your neighborhood turning color, creating beauty for all who come near. What’s given you a fleeting lift in the last week?
  • Poets: write an ode to your favorite elixir. Perhaps that elixir is an ice-cold frosty beverage. Or a hot cup of tea. Or a mint julep. Or cranberry and club soda.
  • Photographers: prepare your favorite elixir and photograph the process. Be sure to consider unique angles and tiny details as you tell the story of how you created it.
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Instrument

Let’s think about a very versatile word: instrument.

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  • Do you play a musical instrument? Or multiple instruments? Tell us what inspired you to get started and what keeps you playing.
  • If you don’t play an instrument, is there one that you would like to learn to play if all barriers to it were removed? (When we say barriers, maybe it’s having enough money to buy or rent an instrument, a place to practice in private without disturbing others, or even enough time in the day to focus on learning.)
  • Take a photo of a beloved musical instrument and post it. Tell us what’s special about it.
  • Which songs would you love to learn to play? Why?
  • If you don’t plan an instrument, have you ever day-dreamed of being in a band? What type of music would your band play? Which instrument do you play? Bass? Drums? Piano? Something else entirely?
  • If music isn’t your jam, which tools are instrumental to your hobby? Perhaps it’s the fountain pen you use to draw or the soil in which you’re growing seedlings or a fine piece of wood that will soon become a detailed carving.
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Music

Let’s think about listening: today, post something about music.

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  • What is your favorite type of music? Classical? Rap? R&B? The Blues? Rock and roll? Indie? Drum and Base? House? Alternative? Country? Folk? Somewhere in the folds of two or more of those genres? Something else altogether? How does this favorite type of music speak to you? Why do you love it?
  • If you could be any musician in the world, who would you be and why?
  • What listening format was popular when you started listening to music? Record albums? 8-track tapes? Cassettes? CDs? Streaming Services? Which record/tape/cd did you wear out because you loved it so much?
  • Take a photo or a screenshot of your favorite album and post it to your blog.
  • Have you composed any music? Share it! Bonus points for telling us a little bit about your composition’s origin story. What inspired you?
  • Seen any music live? What about the performance moved you?
  • Which songs would you put on an epic mixtape?
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New

With all due respect to old, borrowed, and blue things, today’s prompt is all about the refreshingly, excitingly new.

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  • Tell us about a new skill, hobby, or activity you’ve become interested in recently.
  • Who’s your newest friend? Share the story of how you connected.
  • Spring is here (in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway) — what do you most look forward to in this season of new beginnings?
  • Is your blog or website new (loosely defined)? Tell us why you decided to launch it.
  • Publish a post in a genre, format, or media that’s totally new to you. For example: poets, share a photo (or several); photographers, write some flash fiction; travel bloggers, post a book review. (And so on and so forth.)
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Three

Today’s prompt is all about trios, triptychs, and other things that come in three parts.

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  • Write about the three objects, books, songs, people, or places that best tell the story of the past year in your life.
  • Share a photo that makes great use of the rule of thirds. (Or, as an alternative, go for an image that showcases three subjects, whether they’re human, inanimate, or something else.)
  • Haiku famously call for three verses. Write a few (maybe… three?) about something you saw on your last walk.
  • Publish a short story or a piece of memoir composed of three sections or vignettes.
  • Think about where you were — geographically, mentally, academically, or any other way — three years ago. What’s the biggest change you’ve gone through during that period?
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Distance

Whether your brain thinks in feet, meters, leagues, or lightyears, today let’s think about distance.

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  • During this time of physical (and/or social) distancing, what’s the thing you miss the most about being in close proximity to others?
  • What’s the farthest you’ve ever traveled from your hometown, region, or country? Share one thing that you learned in that faraway (for you) place.
  • Distance doesn’t have to be spatial — it can be temporal as well. Write about a period in your life that now feels as if it took place in a different galaxy.
  • Share a photo that stretches far into the horizon, or go to your window and snap a photo that includes the farthest object or structure you can see.
  • Write a story, poem, or imagined dialogue featuring you and a person you were once very close to, but who is now a distant presence in your life.
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Slow

With half of April behind us, now is as good a time as any to slow things down.

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  • Tell us about an activity, chore, or habit most people devote little time to, but that you enjoy lingering on.
  • What’s your favorite slow-cooked food, and what would be lost if you could prepare it in a few minutes?
  • What music, art, or literature do you turn to when you don’t need to rush?
  • Are you a photographer? Share a recent long-exposure shot. Or, if you’re like me and you only have your phone’s camera, take a photo of an object or landscape that channels slowness visually.
  • Write a poem about feeling calm, relaxed, bored, or unproductive.
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Scent

We’re going olfactory today: your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to publish a post around a scent.

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  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

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  • Create a list ranking the top-ten scents that make you feel at home.
  • Write about a food or beverage whose smell immediately makes you hungry (or, conversely, makes you lose your appetite in an instant).
  • Take a photo of an object (from a bottle of perfume to a freshly mowed lawn) in a way that makes it so vivid, your viewers could practically smell it.
  • Write a short story or a series of vignettes revolving around a memory unlocked through a specific scent.
  • How would you rank the sense of smell among the other senses? Is it more or less powerful for you than, say, touch or taste?
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Book

Let’s turn to the pleasures of reading: today, post something about a book.

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  • Has a book ever changed your life? Which one is it, and how did it transform you?
  • If you could lead the life of a character in any book you’ve read, who would it be?
  • Choose five important people in your life, and (virtually) dedicate a specific book to each one.
  • Spend a few minutes by your bookcase and create a book-spine poem — then snap a photo of it, and share it with your readers.
  • Have you written a book or thought about it? Tell us what your project is about.
  • Feeling less bookish today? No worries: use “book” as a verb and tell us about a restaurant, event, or trip you’d reserve a spot at as soon as it becomes possible again.
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Teach

We never stop learning — because there’s always someone who can teach us new, unexpected things.

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  • We all possess niche, quirky talents. Write a post in which you teach your readers something — from baking a perfect chocolate-chip cookie to fixing a clogged shower drain.
  • Share links to some of the websites, magazines, or podcasts that never cease to inspire you to learn new things.
  • What subject or skill was the toughest for you to learn — and what did your teacher do to help you master it?
  • If you have a pet, what did you most enjoy teaching your pet?
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Light

Let’s set aside dark and heavy for a day, and focus on light instead.

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  • Describe the last time you felt positively lighthearted and carefree.
  • Candles, desk lamps, screen glare, the sun: tell us about the light source that you find most conducive to writing.
  • Share a photo with a particularly dramatic arrangement of light and shade.
  • Focus on any of the other (many) meanings of “light,” from “non-serious” or even “frivolous,” to “weightless” or “a prominent person in a specific field.”
  • Poets, you know what to do: stars, feathers, a dusting of snow, or a roaring fireplace are the stuff ballads and haiku are made of.
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Bite

Your imagination is wide open with today’s prompt: Bite.

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Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Bite? It has so many meanings!

  • An injury. (“Charlie bit my finger!”)
  • A pinching or stinging feeling — physically (“Yikes, that chile has a serious bite.”) or emotionally (“That criticism is really gonna bite.”).
  • A chance. (“Okay, I’ll bite — what’s your idea?”)
  • A piece of something. (“Take a bite out of crime.”)
  • A slang term for a negative thing. (“I’m sorry to hear that — that bites.”)
  • An action. (“Keep away from the fence, they bite.”)
  • A mouthful of food. (“The part with extra cheese is the best bite.”)

Still not sure? Use one of the sentences above as the opening line of a story, a poem, or a photo essay and see where it takes you.

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Orchestrate

Orchestrate: To arrange or control the elements of, as to achieve a desired overall effect. That’s your theme for today.

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  • Write a new post on your iblog in response to the prompt.

Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Orchestrate?

  • What’s the most complicated thing you’ve ever done? Tell us about all the moving parts. If you’re feeling really ambitious, give us instructions!
  • What’s the last piece of music that moved you? (It’s fine if it’s not orchestral music, we’re not strict!) What was your reaction to it? What did it bring up for you?
  • What’s the most delicious thing you ate in the past six months? How did all the elements on the plate come together?
  • Publish a collection of short poems, where each one is a stand-alone that also works with the others to tell a bigger story.
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Open

In these days of lockdowns, closures, and physical distancing, what does Open mean to you?

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  • Describe a memorable experience in a wide-open space: a desert hike, a picnic, an old-school train station…
  • Tell us about a store, restaurant, or public venue that’s currently closed, and that you can’t wait to see reopen.
  • Write a haiku (or several) in which “open” is the final word.
  • Share a story about a time when you or someone you know acted with open-mindedness and curiosity.
  • Post a photo that invokes a feeling of openness (for you, at least) and tell us when, where, and why you took it.
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Song

When you hear the word song, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

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  • Tell us about the one song that brings back a specific childhood event or experience whenever your hear it.
  • Look at the stats of your music player or digital music service: what’s the most-played song in the past week (or month, or year)? Explain why.
  • If you could sing a duet with one performer, dead or alive, legendary or obscure, who would it be? And what would you sing?
  • Do you love curating mixtapes and playlists? Create one to suit whatever mood you’re in today, and share it in your post. (You can embed music on your iBlog website from a number of platforms, including Spotify, YouTube, and SoundCloud, among others.)
  • Take an existing song and tweak its lyrics to fit with your current state of mind or with recent events — just like people on Twitter have been doing with Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”
  • Write a glowing review of the song you consider to be the worst of all time.

 

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Street

A street can be many things: leafy, bustling, hidden, cobblestoned, winding. Which one will you write about today?

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Need more ideas? Not sure what to write around Street?

  • Describe the street you live on today as if it were a person.
  • If your community has been under a form of lockdown in recent weeks, write about the thing you miss the most about the streets in your neighborhood.
  • If your window overlooks a street, snap a photo of it, and post it. (Optional: add a poem to accompany the image.)
  • From memory, describe in as much detail as possible the street you grew up on (or any other street that played an outsized role in your life).
  • You have the magical power to combine three streets from anywhere in the world into one perfect street. Which three would you choose, and why?
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Dish

Focus on something delicious. Serve us your best dish.

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  • What’s the best thing you’ve cooked this week? Tell us about your meal — the food, the company, the setting, or anything else you’d like to focus on.
  • If you could go anywhere you wish (and money were no object), where would you go, and what would be the first thing you’d eat there?
  • Many of us have powerful memories of a specific dish from our past — something not even the best professional chef could recreate. What’s yours?
  • Share a photo of the next meal you’re preparing, and teach us how to make at least one thing shown in it.
  • What’s the one ingredient you would never be able to live — let alone cook — without?
  • Feeling poetic? Write an ode celebrating a dish you love.
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Hands

We can all use one sometimes: talk to us about hands.

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  • Look at yours. What have they accomplished? What do you hope they’ll do next?
  • Tell us about a time someone lent you a hand, or a time you were a helping hand for someone else.
  • Create a post with your hands: share a sketch, or a photo of handwritten text.
  • Is there something you’ve always wanted to try your hand at? What holds you back? Tell us about it.
  • Stuck inside? Post a photo of something that’s close at hand. Why did you choose that thing? What does it mean to you?
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Curve

Life has thrown a big one at a lot of us these days: a curve.

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  • Write some flash fiction that takes an unexpected twist.
  • Do a little self reflection: trace the arc of your life from 5 or 10 years ago to the present day, or think about what you hope the arc of the next 10 will look like.
  • Share a photo or a sketch of a graceful curve — the stalk of a flower, the pillow of a chubby cheek, the rounded edges of the cookies you just baked.
  • Write a poem where the final word curves back around to echo a word used in the first line.
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Pairs

Birds in the hand, peas in a pod: today is about pairs.

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  • Pick two people who don’t seem to have much in common — people you know, celebrities, historical figures, fictional characters, up to you! — and write a story about what happens when they’re forced to spend time together.
  • Pair different media in one post: add images to a story, add video to a photo essay, add sketches to a collection of haiku.
  • Tell us about the best meal you’ve ever had, the best trip you’ve ever taken, or the best book you’ve ever read, and pair each one with a song. Bonus points for embedding the songs in your post!
  • Look at your nearest pair of shoes. What stories do the scuffs tell?
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Joke

Today’s one-word prompt is Joke, and no, this isn’t a prank.

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  • Tell us the best / worst joke you’ve ever heard, or the most recent one.
  • April Fools’ Day! Share your favorite memory from years past.
  • Tell us about the funniest person or animal you know.
  • Describe the last time you had a full-on, snort-inducing belly laugh.
  • Not feeling very jocular today? Understandable. Tell us why.
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