Friday Writing Prompts for January



For those of you who requested Creative Connections Cheshire’s Facebook Page Friday Writing Prompts be put on the website, here are January’s offerings:


Today, a straightforward Acrostic poem exercise. Write the first letters of January down the left-hand side of your page, and create a poem about this time of year that begins each line with these letters in succession. Each ‘line’ can be as short as a word or as long as a sentence.



The decaying mulch of a past season’s glory can be the raw material that feeds fresh growth. Nothing is wasted. Write about endings and beginnings in your life. Are you aware of the old nurturing the new? Thanks to Mary Reynolds Thompson who inspired this prompt. See her blog and a poem on ‘Turning the Compost’ at



This jar of marbles in my study came from my mother’s apartment when she went into care a year ago. My brother and I had these marbles as children, so they’re not just pretty glass. For today’s prompt, choose an object that you’ve had for over a year and tell its story. Write about the object in as much detail as you can, and reflect on the story in the context of your own life.



 Another word for prompt is Springboard: something to launch us into the open water of a blank page and get us swimming! Any short statement, ‘overheard’, quote, song lyric or incisive question may be a jumping-off point. Today, start with ‘What really matters to me most?‘ and see where the writing will take you.










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  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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