Thursday Writing Prompt #158

Pass the popcorn, please!

Today’s Thursday Writing Prompt is about alliteration. This is when the initial sounds of words in a sentence repeat rather than the word endings having rhyme. The caption on this week’s image is an example of alliteration.

Tongue twisters make great use of alliteration, and they’re often funny. In today’s writing prompt, your task is to write a tongue twister. My favorite is probably “how much wood can a woodchuck chuck.” You can search the internet for tongue twisters, but here are some short phrases that might provide inspiration:

  • two-ton trousers
  • crazy cats caterwauling constantly
  • pickled peanuts packed in pepper
  • Barney bakes banana bread
  • take tea and toast on Tuesdays
  • seven skeletons sent for salad

One of the best uses of alliteration is in Edgar Allan Poe’s poem The Raven. Poe’s masterful use of this writing tool gives his poem a cadence that makes it a great poem to read aloud. If you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into the types of literary devices that Poe used in this work, there’s an article on the Poem Analysis website that goes into some detail.*


*Noor Rehman, “The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe,” Poem Analysis, February 4, 2022,

Thursday Writing Prompt #157

A beautiful anemone

Today’s Thursday Writing Prompt is “the beauty of flowers.” Your writing task is to describe a flower or flowers and the surrounding environment. That can be as simple as a plain glass vase or as elaborate as a formal garden. Focus mostly on a single flower or type of flower and let the rest of the greenery be a support staff for your piece.

Describe your flower. Flex your vocabulary muscles and tell readers how the flower looks and smells. Are the leaves simple or curly, serrated or smooth? Is the flower large, small, or humongous? Many people will resort to labeling a flower by its color, but don’t let that be the only thing you mention. If the flower is purple, how light or dark is it? Does it have red or blue undertones?

Thursday Writing Prompt #156


Part of my art supply haul.


Today’s Thursday Writing Prompt is “never enough art supplies.” I recently went to a rubber stamp show and sale, where I stocked up on art supplies went on a spending spree. Is there any other kind?

This time I was smart about it: I took a list of the spray paints, stamp pads, and other things I already own so that I wouldn’t buy the same colors over and over. Actually, that’s not too bad of a thing to happen with consumables, because as long as I use them they won’t go to waste, but I have purchased the same rubber stamp at least once and that’s kind of sad.

In honor of art (and writing is an art), this week’s writing prompt gives you five virtual art tools to play with. Use these to create an imaginary collage, and then describe that image in a short paragraph of maybe two or three sentences. Then, use that description to write an atmospheric scene for a possible setting for a short story.

If you have a stash of real art supplies on hand (or if you desire a shopping spree of your own), create a quick image or collage using at least four types of art tools, plus your paper or canvas. These can be very simple, such as pencil, pen, marker, and ruler, or you can go full-blast and use stencils, paints, spray paints, die cut shapes, stickers, and more. Think of the art part as cross training for your writer’s brain. Don’t try to come up with a masterpiece because this is more about the process than the end result. It will be interesting to see if your art experiment gives you ideas for settings or themes. Have fun!

Thursday Writing Prompt No. 155

It’s time for another Thursday Writing Prompt. For this prompt, you will visit a public arboretum that specializes in desert plants. The arboretum covers almost 100 acres and has walkways surrounding the perimeter of the garden. Benches line the walkway, tucked into recesses and shaded with pergolas to keep visitors comfortable.

You and a friend decided to walk the entire perimeter. You head out with bottles of water and plenty of time, not worrying about how fast you go or what time it is. The arboretum is mostly deserted, with only a few small groups of visitors spread throughout its acres of plantings.

As you reach the far end of the walk, opposite the arboretum entrance and gift shop, you decide to rest on one of the shaded benches. After sitting for a couple of minutes, you notice a nasty smell and begin looking for its source. And then you spot a pair of shoes. Only they aren’t empty. They’re still on the person who’s wearing them, only the shoe’s owner is quite dead.

And now, it’s your turn. Write the discovery scene and decide what to do next. While the obvious solution would be a quick run to the office to report the discovery to the police, maybe you decide to play detective. So, what do you do?