Writing Prompt Wednesday: Start with Something Small!


Happy Writing Prompt Wednesday, readers, writers, and shark fans! We’re so excited to get back to this series and hope you are, too.

In case you missed it, we hosted our first Lit Pup Tuesday yesterday, including writing prompts for children and teen writers. All responses to those prompts will be considered for features on our site, as well as in our inaugural issue of Lit Pup Magazine. Submit those prompts here!

Today’s writing prompts will be considered for features on our site, as well as our next issue of Lit Shark Magazine: The SHARK DOG Edition, Issue 7 of Lit Shark: The SHARK WEEK Edition, or Issue 8 of Lit Shark: The Spooky (TEETH) Edition, depending on which themed issue the pieces seem the most appropriate for! We hope you’ll write and submit! You can submit today’s prompts here!

We love this reminder from Cassandra Lipp about the power of inspirational sparks. Let these writing prompts be just a starting point for you, in any genre you want, and let your poetry or prose unfold!

“Just like using a suggestion from the audience can give improvisers the setup to begin a scene, a small kernel of an idea is all I need to nudge me in the direction of a productive first draft of a short piece of writing.”


Some Fun Fiction!

Write about what happens when your character just can’t catch a break! What difficult things happen to them in quick succession? How do they respond?

A Story with a Twist

Every week, Tessa bakes a new batch of cupcakes, each more delicious than the last. Her friends and family can’t get enough of her baking, and neither can her next-door neighbor. Write a romance with a twist… or maybe something with a more sinister edge?

A Story within a Story (So Meta!)

What if the reason writers ‘know’ their characters so well is because they knew them in a past life? Who was this person to them? How did they meet? And what about them made them so unforgettable?

The Ugliest Poetry

Write an ode to the ugliest thing you know. Or write an ode to something you love that others may not. Consider writing an ode to the parts of yourself that you may have named ugly. Rewrite them all in a new light.

Something to Look Forward To

What’s one of your favorite plants, animals, foods, etc., that you commonly see in the upcoming season? Write them into a poem.

It’s a Good Question!

Use this as a starting point: How to Become a Shark


We hope you enjoy these prompts as much as we do! Don’t mind us—we’re inspired and going to go write to one of these prompts now… Don’t forget to submit!


Happy Writing and Happy Submitting!

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Written By McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan (she/her/hers) lives and writes in Europe with her family (originally from the Midwest). In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of Lit Shark Magazine and the Banned Book Review, she is a novelist, poet, and book reviewer. She received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University and her BA in English/BS in Education from Indiana University South Bend, where she began her work in publishing. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, Young Ravens Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Encore Magazine, among others; and her book reviews and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Green Mountains Review, Memoir Mixtapes, The Life Collective, Her Journal, Motherly, and more. When not writing, she enjoys reading, appreciating nature, and spending time with her husband and three children.




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