In the Creative Spirit

A woman writing.
A poetry prompt for January.

Inspiration can be hard to find. Sometimes, a blank piece of paper can feel as daunting as a driveway that’s freshly covered in a thick layer of snow. However, the new year is a time filled with memories, emotions and tradition. Let this fresh start serve as a springboard for creativity. Use one (or all) of these poetry prompts to get inspiration flowing:

  • Go back in time: It’s January 1 of a year you’d like to relive. What year is it and why?
  • What is the winter weather like right now? What do you wish it was like?
  • Write a poem including these words: evergreen, midnight and change.

Quick Tip: If you’re having a hard time getting your words on the page, pick one prompt, set the timer for 10 minutes and free write until the time is up. Pick a few of your favorite lines to get your poem started.

To have your work considered for publication in our pages or on, submit no more than three poems to [email protected]. Please include your name, mailing address and contact information. Submissions must be from current Maple Grove residents or those working or attending school in the city.