Our Favorite Writing Prompts

It’s that time of year when the weather is changing, the world is being quarantined and folks are looking for new sources of inspiration and solace. Check out some of Inklette’s favorite writing prompts below to spark your creativity!


You’re sitting across the table from a character from your current work in progress. How do you start the conversation? What do you talk about? Are they talkative or reticent, joyous or subdued? Do they answer questions freely? What do they ask you? What do they notice about the world?

(Best done in a walkable place)

Pick a number between 1 and 10. Start walking, and when you reach an intersection, flip a coin. Heads, you go right; tails, you go left. Do this for as many times as the number you picked in the beginning. Write a short story set in the location that you end up in.


Choose an object near you or in front of you. Do each of these for five minutes: Ask questions to the object. Describe the object in as much detail as possible. Write the origin story of the object. Write a first-person narrative from the point of view of the object. Draw associations with the object– what else does it look like, what does it remind you of, what does it make you think– and talk about it without naming the object, using metaphors or similes. 


Make a list of topics you would never write about, followed by a list of words you would never use. Then, write a poem on one of those topics and use as many of those words as you can.


Choose any letter from A-Z. Write the first stanza without using the letter you chose. Now choose a second letter. Write the second stanza without using the second letter as well as the first letter you chose. Keep going for 5-6 stanzas in the same way.

Five Pieces

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ALEXIS CORTEZ, or who is more often known by the name “LUNA” is a 22 year old Visual Artist born out of Southern California. Luna hopes to captivate her viewers through the figurative expression of the human body and the subtle connotations of her own personal connections as both an artist, a LGBTQ+ woman, and as well as her journey of dealing with Bipolar disorder.


Artist Statement: The collages are a part of a larger body of works on a concept named Us. The inexhaustible theme of the relationship between human nature with its social constitution is displayed through juxtaposition and duality in the materialization of the concept. The visual approach to the problem of the individual-society, man-woman, human-nature-social norm is interpreted in layers, in parts, gradually removing redundant information in order to provide insight on the uniqueness of existence.

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ANA JOVANOVSKA received her M.A. in Printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts – University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Macedonia (2016). Upon receiving a scholarship she spent time studying abroad attending École supérieure d’arts & médias de Caen/Cherbourg in France (2013-2014). Ana had 10 independent and more than 100 group exhibitions in Macedonia and abroad in countries such as: Serbia, Montenegro, Greece, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, USA, UK and so on.

Subtle Ladies


‘Subtle Ladies,’ grayscale digital scan of original brush and pen and ink drawings on watercolor paper with digital text added, 2019

JOHN VIEIRA‘s visual art (digital, and in various physical media) has steadily appeared in print in small presses and in gallery and museum group shows in the U.S. and in over a dozen other countries, as well as appearing in mainstream anthologies and reference books, including The Art of Typewriting (Thames & Hudson, 2015) and A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, 2nd edition (New York: Schirmer Books, 2000).

Portrait of A Lady Wicca

Artist Statement: Whatever technique I use, my goal is to catch the expression deep inside the character. For me, the portrait is the mirror of the soul of the model…of the painter too. There is a lot of me in my portraits, mixed with a lot of my models.


‘Portrait of A Lady Wicca,’ Acrylic on Wood, 2019

DOMINIQUE DÈVE is a french painter. His expressionist figurative style allows him to exhibit in Paris, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Sheffield. ArtMajeur Golden Award In 2018, he obtained ArtCheval Medal in 2019. « The portrait is the mirror of the soul, of the model, of the painter. »


Artist Statement: A woman presents herself within the landscape. She turns a mirror towards the viewer, breaking up the solid environment. She interacts with the landscape she wanders in, blending into the background, changing with scale, or holding a part of the landscape itself. The whole image becomes a pictorial illusion and as the photographer, I am in complete control of the composition. Using a medium format film camera and no digital manipulation, I create an illusion within the lens. I am inspired by 1890’s Pictoralist photographers and how they create a purely photographic reality in their images. I use Infrared film to emphasize the grain and to create a more surreal and distant reality. I challenge the notion of the landscape by referencing what makes a photograph: the women use their mirror to re-frame what I have framed and capture in their mirror like a camera captures in the lens.

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JULIA FORREST is a Brooklyn based artist. She works strictly in film and prints in a darkroom she built within her apartment. Her own art has always been her top priority in life and in this digital world, she will continue to work with old processing. Anything can simply be done in photoshop, she prefers to take the camera, a tool of showing reality, and experiment with what she can do in front of the lens.

Julia is currently working as a teaching artist at the Brooklyn Museum, Medgar Evers College, USDAN Art Center and Lehigh University. As an instructor, she thinks it is important to understand that a person can constantly stretch and push the boundaries of their ideas with whatever medium of art s/he chooses. Her goal is for her audience to not only enjoy learning about photography, but to see the world in an entirely new way and continue to develop a future interest in the arts.


Artist Statement: The etchings in this series are based on the 17th century emblem book. The Renaissance emblem book presented engravings of familiar elements and scenarios in association with a common saying, intended to invoke meanings with a particular lesson in mind. In this tradition, my images are combined with Latin aphorisms to create a web of analogies, associations, and implications on different elements of the universe, guiding the mind to often to simultaneously different and usually contradictory levels of meaning within a somewhat rigid, schematic spatial setting. This work is about the process by which we see, acquire, and possess things, and what they mean to us, in their variety and complexity, beauty and presence.


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BRIAN D. COHEN is a printmaker, painter, educator, and writer. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to further the association and integration of visual image, original text, and book structure. Artist’s books and prints by Brian D. Cohen have been shown in over forty individual exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Fresno Art Museum, and in over 200 group shows. Cohen’s books and etchings are held by major private and public collections throughout the country. He was first-place winner of major international print competitions in San Diego, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. His essays on the arts and education are a feature of Art in Print magazine and the Arts and Culture section of the Huffington Post.