Past Prompts

Janet and Caroline have conducted nearly a dozen editions of The 18 Somethings Project, some just for themselves and others open to the public. Here’s a sampling of some prompts and stats from a few of the public editions. (You’re welcome to use these prompts for your own writing.)

*New* Shelter In Place Edition, April 2020: 320 participants from around the country / world 
  • what was wasted

  • I create an occasion for

  • Pink moon says

  • When you free yourself from _______, you can

  • Bruised orange

  • The time travels

  • A closet stuffed with old _______

  • At the root of it

  • What you never knew

  • We are working our way back to

  • The cactus flowers

  • She distills the

  • You trust the

  • in the stillness

  • By the river, they

  • Dear you

  • We can’t save

  • A portal to

 

June 2013: 60 participants from Albuquerque to Australia, all first-time participants in 18 Somethings.

The prompts were:

  • I forgot how

  • whistle

  • they hate the smell

  • capslock

  • our world was

  • where the wound is

  • a chorus of

  • the ______ district

  • he wanted more than

  • elipses

  • the war will be

  • ring finger

  • you are the

  • winners and losers

  • graffiti

  • when we knew

  • the texture of the

  • how you left

December 2013: 106 participants representing 36 cities and 5 countries (including the US). 79 people were new participants.

The prompts were:

  • I wear it as

  • censor

  • sleeveless

  • his teeth like

  • glacial

  • the first edition

  • to dig for

  • shepherding

  • a country of

  • she doesn’t want

  • corner

  • what’s in their minds

  • sweatpants

  • never before seen

  • a route towards

  • binary

  • imprinted upon

  • you will

June 2014: 74 participants, with a big concentration in the Bay Area, as well as folks in Canada, the Philippines, Vietnam, and “the Open Road.” Prompts:

  • what I avoided

  • a recording of

  • pocket

  • and the sun is

  • shopping list

  • him / hymn

  • poodle

  • what she forgot

  • !!

  • gap

  • a vigil for

  • your chest is

  • entrenched

  • the exact right thing was

  • wind tunnel

  • super_______

  • it was enough

  • we waited for

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