20 Writing Prompts From Poems and Songs

Who’s ready for some more writing prompts?

I know that I am! 🙂 I find so much inspiration in poetry and music. I’d love to share some of that inspiration with all of my fellow writers in the form of writing prompts! Without further ado, here are 20 writing prompts from poetry and music.

Writing Prompts From Poems

  1. 1. “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.” -“Not in Vain” by Emily Dickinson
  2. “It takes a heap o’ living’ in a house t’ make it home.” -“Home” by Edgar A. Guest
  3. “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.” -“Sea Fever” by John Masefield
  4. “It isn’t the fact that you’re dead that counts, But only, how did you die?” -“How Did You Die?” by Edward Vance Cooke
  5. “Faint not – fight on! To-morrow comes the song.” -“Be Strong” by Maltbie Davenport Babcock
  6. “Remember me when I am gone away.” -“Remember” by Christina Rossetti
  7. “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” -“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat” by Edward Lear
  8. “Nevermore…” -“The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
  9. “There in the twilight cold and gray, lifeless, but beautiful, he lay. And from the sky, serene and far, a voice fell like a falling star, ‘Excelsior!'” -“Excelsior” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 
  10. “It was not death, for I stood up.” -“It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up” bu Emily Dickinson

Writing Prompts From Music

  1. “Life’s a fickle game we play.” -“Fickle Game,” Amber Run
  2. “Love has no limits.” -“Love Has No Limits,” Fleurie
  3. “She ran away in her sleep and dreamed of paradise.” -“Paradise,” Coldplay
  4. “I wanna know how it feels to hang pictures on a wall… I want reasons to stay.” -“Pictures on a Wall,” Ira Wolf
  5. “Words mean more at night, light means more.” -“Words,” Gregory Alan Isakov
  6. “I wanna leave everything that hurts, never go back to the way we were.” -“Bridges Burn,” NEEDTOBREATHE
  7. “Our song is not a dying dream.” -“Green Eyes and a Heart of Gold,” The Lone Bellow
  8. “Don’t get too close; it’s dark inside. It’s where my demons hide.” -“Demons,” Imagine Dragons
  9. “How long do you want to be loved? Is forever enough?” -“Lullaby,” Dixie Chicks
  10. “Been here all along, so why can’t you see? You belong with me.” -“You Belong With Me,” Taylor Swift

Which of these prompts is your favorite?

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20 Writing Prompts That Will Unleash the Story Inside of You

Hey everyone! Long time, no post, am I right? =) I’m so excited to start posting again here on Notebooks and Novels. I have some fun things planned for the coming weeks that I think you all will enjoy, but in the meantime, here are twenty writing prompts that will unleash the story inside of you. These are prompts taken from my notebook and some songs that I’ve been listening to and loving lately. Enjoy, and happy writing! =)

Writing Prompts From My Notebook

  1. My mind is full of cobwebs, but I don’t know where they came from.
  2. Once upon a time, I was free.
  3. The circus is here….
  4. No one knew who she was, least of all herself.
  5. She was broken, but he loved her. And that made her beautiful.
  6. I told you I’d be back.
  7. I don’t have a bright world. I don’t have a bleak one. I have a mottled grey world.
  8. Crisp, creamy white paper. College ruled. Black ink. Neat handwriting. One word. Hello.
  9. Don’t say goodbye.
  10. I don’t watch the news anymore.

Writing Prompts From Music

  1. “Loving you is just like holding onto fool’s gold.” -“Fool’s Gold,” Mike Arnoult (feat. Jessie Villa)
  2. “Do you remember dancing, darling?” -“Heart Beating,” SHELLS
  3. “You really know how to make me cry when you give me those ocean eyes.” -“Ocean Eyes,” Billie Eilish
  4. “I wish I was brave enough to love you.” -“Brave Enough,” Lindsey Stirling (feat. Christina Perri)
  5. “There’s a ghost, she’s wearing my face.” -“There’s a Ghost,” Fleurie
  6. “I was wrong to ever let you go.” -“Everything and More,” Hollyn (feat. Aaron Cole)
  7. “Everybody’s dancing in the moonlight.” -“Dancing in the Moonlight (2001 remix),” Toploader
  8. “Before you leave, you must know you are beloved. And before you leave, remember I was with you.” -“Beloved,” Mumford and Sons
  9. “You are not alone. I’ve been here the whole time singing you a song.” -“Carry You,” Ruelle (feat. Fleurie)
  10. “If it weren’t for second chances, we’d all be alone.” -“Second Chances,” Gregory Alan Isakov

Which of these was your favorite prompt? Do you have any prompts that you’d like to share?

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