Daily Writing Prompts

Daily writing prompts for Field Work participants, curated by Company One’s
Playwright-in-Residence Kirsten Greenidge

check in here for a new prompt each day!

Saturday, April 24th

Turn off as many devices that will distract you as you are able.
Take in as much silence as the space around you is making available to you.
Breathe.
When you are ready, close your eyes and breathe in and out, making yourself available to the space around you and the spaces within. Open your eyes when you feel ready.

Write:  A scene that incorporates, in some way, an image, feeling, or idea that became available to you in the past few moments.


Sunday, April 25th

Select a story from a newspaper or online news organization.  Write a character description for each person who is mentioned in the article. 

Write: At least three (3) monologues that, together, tell the story of the event that takes place in the article.


Monday, April 26th

Write a three character scene where each line of dialogue can consist of no more than seven words. 

This scene must also include:
–A human-made object (examples are a kid’s sand pail, a wrist watch, a wooden chair…)
–An object from the natural world (examples are a mountain top, a drop of honey, a tree branch)
–An instance of light
–An event
–A resolution by scene’s end


Tuesday, April 27th

Write a scene that grows within you when you when you are presented with the word: Justice

Things this scene could include (in no particular order):
–a central conflict
–three staccato (short) questions
–one legato/spaghetti (long) question
–a word that is unusual/not used in your character’s day-to-day life
–a moment of elation


Wednesday, April 28th

Consider the zoomiverse.  Write a dramatic piece specifically for this platform.  Include one moment where your characters do something an audience might not expect to see on zoom/in a zoom play.

If you’d like, also include the following:
-a character who does not share your experience (this could be life experience, but this could also refer to a character who differs from you in terms of racial and/or ethnic identity; religious affinity; gender expression or sexual orientation; physical ability; or neurotypical experience)
-an instance of delight
-a definitive ending


Thursday, April 29th

Consider a systemic problem you feel to be unjust.

Write an 8 line scene (no stage directions, just dialogue) about this problem/inspired by this problem.


Friday, April 30th

Think of material in “the canon” (a myth, fairytale, Shakespeare, one of the Greeks, etc.)

Write your version of that story centering your artistic voice.


Saturday, May 1st

Play a favorite piece of music that brings you joy.
Appreciate it with movement (dance, stomp, sing, whatever you’d like…)
Rest for a brief moment.

Write: a short scene of your choosing that incorporates joy and uplifts.


Check out the prompts from our last Field Work convening!


Thursday, November 12th

Plant your feet firmly on the ground, or, if this is not possible or accessible to you, think about the floor or ground beneath you. 
Feel/experience the space beneath you as it existed ten seconds ago. 
Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it existed ten minutes ago.  
Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it may have existed ten days ago.  
Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it may have existed ten years ago.  
Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it may have existed fifty years ago.  
Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it may have existed one hundred years ago.  Next, feel/experience the space beneath you as it may have existed five hundred years ago.  

Write:  A scene in the present that incorporates, in some way, one of the eras you imagined when you imaged the space on which you stand as it existed previously.


Friday, November 13th

Create a six word story.
Using this material, adapt a dramatic scene that also includes: 
-1 instance of magic
-1 seemingly impossible stage direction.
-1 joy in some form.

Examples of six word stories:
Mixed Blood. I am America’s future. –Holly Santiago
For sale: baby shoes, never worn. –Ernest Hemingway
Life is one big editorial meeting. –Gloria Steinem
Some collect coins, I collect diplomas. –Srini Rajagopalan


Saturday, November 14th

Write a three character scene where the following occurs (in no particular order):
–a secret is revealed
–one character makes a decision
–one character has a tantrum of some sort
–there is an instance of laughter
–there is an instance of music
–there is resolution but a lingering question at scene’s end


Sunday, November 15th

Write a scene from the point of view of a poll worker from a state that is different from the one in which you reside.  

Things this scene could include (in no particular order):
–a central conflict
–three staccato (short) questions
–one legato/spaghetti (long) question
–a word that is unusual/not used in your character’s day-to-day life
–a moment of elation


Monday, November 16th

Consider the zoomiverse.  Write a dramatic piece specifically for this platform.  Include one moment where your characters do something an audience might not expect to see on zoom/in a zoom play.

If you’d like, also include the following:
-a character who does not share your experience (this could be life experience, but this could also refer to a character who differs from you in terms of racial and/or ethnic identity; religious affinity; gender expression or sexual orientation; physical ability; or neurotypical experience)
-an instance of delight 
-a reference to a classical text, folktale, or fairy tale
-a definitive ending


Tuesday, November 17th

Consider the air and space around and above you.  Take a deep breath in and a deep breath out.  Repeat. Repeat.

Write an eight line scene that includes a moment, literal or figurative, of flight.

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