In the Creative Spirit

by | Jan 2023

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 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.


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