Do you want to write a poem but need an idea to get you started?
Give one of these writing prompts a try. It's all about being creative. Don't worry if you poem seems silly. It might be just the writing exercise you need in order to spark another idea.
Poetry Writing Ideas
- Describe your favorite childhood memory.
- Pick a color and use your senses to describe it.
- Write an acrostic about your favorite holiday.
- Write a limerick.
- Write a poem about a family member.
- Write a poem about a dream.
- Write a poem about weather (rain, snow, wind, sun, etc.).
- Write a poem that includes your five senses.
- Write about a memory triggered by a smell.
- Write a poem about advice for someone.
- Write a poem with a repeating line.
- Write a poem about a regret.
- Write about an object in nature that fascinates you.
- Think about an object that would be considered ugly, gross, etc. Write a poem that makes it seem beautiful, lovely, etc.
- Put a notebook by your bed so you are able to jot down parts of your dreams.
- Write a poem about a news article.
- Pick a picture in a magazine or newspaper and write a poem about what's happening in the picture.
- Write about something you imagine will happen in the future.
- Find a quote that speaks to you, and make up a poem that describes how that quote came to be.
- Assume the position of someone else (vet, teacher, pizza delivery guy, homeless woman, etc.) and tell a day in his/her life.
- Write about an inanimate object, telling what a day in its life is like.
- Write about something from your childhood.
- Describe the best/worst emotion without using that word.
- Describe the best/worst smell.
- On small pieces of paper write down as many nouns you can think of. Put them all in a jar, and pull out two that need to be included in your poem.
- Give advice to someone younger.
- Write about your best/worst day.
- Go to the mall, park, grocery store, etc. Write a poem about a person you see there. Or write a poem about something you hear someone say.
- Turn on some music and write about what that song makes you think about.
- Read a passage in a book, and pull out 15-20 words that you turn into a Found Poem. Or cut out words from a newspaper or magazine to organize into the form of a poem.
- Write about how it feels to wake up or fall asleep.
- Describe a season without using that word.
Planing Your Poem
Once you have an idea for your poem, it's time to begin planning it:
- Is it going to be a long poem? Short poem?
- Is it going to be funny? Serious?
- Are you going to give it a surprise ending?
- Do you want it to have long lines? Short lines?
- Does it have a rhyming pattern that it follows?
- How many stanzas?
Sometimes you don't need to have a specific plan. Sometimes you can start writing whatever comes to your head and worry about the formatting later.
What techniques do you use to get started on a new poem? Share them with us below.