Where I live in Arizona, March and April make up their own little season. Warmer than spring, way cooler than the triple-digit temps of summer – it’s an unnamed time of absolutely perfect weather. And after daylight savings takes effect in most of the country, the Arizona sun comes up earlier. The mornings become just warm enough for me to sit outside with coffee and a notebook.
This, I know, is not how exactly spring looks in every state. We all experience different seasons at the same time, whether it’s the weather, or the age of our kids, or our current work/life balance. Even though it’s sunny and perfect here, my current season of motherhood means I’m lucky if I get five minutes of that outside writing time before my early-bird two-year-old wakes up.
No matter the season you’re in, I encourage you to take time this month to write and reflect before it passes.
Here are 10 writing prompts to help you embrace the blank page.
1. What does spring mean to you this year? What would you love to see bloom in your life?
2. If you could take a spring break trip as an adult, free of pleasing anyone else, where would you go? Write about your dream experience.
3. Recall a time or write a story about coming across incredible luck.
4. In the spirit of Taylor Swift starting her Eras tour this month (in no place other than Arizona!!), what era of your life would you enjoy living again?
5. Continuing with the Swiftie theme, make up a story based on a Taylor Swift song, or a song by your favorite artist.
6. Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Is there anything different you notice as a change in the seasons? 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 about a favorite memory with your children or family in the springtime.
8. What do you enjoy about the season of life you’re in, and what do you hope will end with this current season?
9. Write about a time something new and unexpected came into your life and changed things for the better.
10. Sports fans, here’s a creative challenge for you: tell a story through March Madness brackets. Or about chaos that ensues because of March Madness brackets.
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.