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.)

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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