Between Valentine’s Day, my oldest daughter’s birthday, and my wedding anniversary all within five days of each other, there’s no shortage of opportunities to tell my family I love them in February. With all the activity and excitement, it can be easy for me to neglect the things I need to flourish as both a mother and a writer. This month, I’m making it a priority to show myself a little love, which includes setting aside time each week to write in a quiet place.
Often when I sit down to write, my head spins with ideas and I don’t know where to start. To help center my alone time, I like to begin with a quick response to a writing prompt. Literary Mama strives to support and inspire all mother writers in their creative journeys. I encourage you to take time this month to do the things you love—like write!
Here are ten prompts to help enrich your writing life this month.
1. Begin with “Love is …”
2. February 2 marks the midpoint of Winter. Make a list of things you have enjoyed over the last six weeks. Choose one to write more about.
3. Make a second list of things you are looking forward to in the next six weeks. Turn your list into a vision board, a work of art, a piece of fiction, or a poem.
4. Think about the first meal you remember eating with someone you love. Write the story, reliving the meal through the details.
5. Write a story about your childhood best friend. What did they teach you about love?
6. Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Pay attention to what you see, what you hear, what you smell. When you get home, set a timer for fifteen minutes and write about your experience.
7. Write a love letter. To yourself, to your partner, to a parent, or to your child—living or deceased.
8. What words are guiding you right now? Maybe it’s a song lyric, a religious passage, or something a friend said. How are those words nurturing you, healing you, supporting you?
9. Write a favorite memory of winter.
10. What does love look like to you in this season of your life?
If you write something inspired by one of these prompts and share it on a blog or social media, we’d love to see your work. You can leave a link in the comments below, or tag Literary Mama on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.