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'Light' Writing Prompts

Thinking about submitting to the Publishers’ Prize 2018? We can’t wait to read your pieces! Here are some writing prompts for the “LIGHT” side to get you thinking outside of the box and get your creative juices flowing...

  • Is light always illuminating? Shine light on something to see it as it really is.

  • Love. From romantic love to platonic love - new love, old love and unexpected love. Love lost and love rekindled.

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  • It’s holiday season and Christmas lights are everywhere…

  • A weight has been lifted.

  • Thousands of lights brighten the cityscape at night, evidence of a city still awake.

  • What would make you happier than you’ve ever been?

  • “It’s always darkest before the dawn.”

  • What do you see in starlight?

  • There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

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  • Reflections off the snow.

  • From first light to the setting sun, a lot can change in a day.

  • Hope.

  • “God from God, light from light, true God from true God…”

  • Light can show the way—or it can blind you.

  • Light as something that is fleeting

  • Warmth or destruction—what’s the impact of firelight?

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  • “When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.” –Ursula Le Guin

  • From Gatsby’s green light to Shakespeare’s “But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?”, light has often been used as a powerful metaphor. What does light represent to you?

  • Write about the funniest thing that ever happened to you.

If you’d prefer some audio inspiration, here’s our playlist of “Light” songs to spark an idea or to listen to while you write!

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  • “There is a Light that Never Goes Out” - The Smiths

  • “Shine a Light” - McFly

  • “Shake It Out” - Florence and the Machine

  • “Happy” - Marina and the Diamonds

  • “Light”- Next to Normal cast recording

  • “Happy”- Pharrell Williams

  • “Starlight” - Muse

  • “Spotlight” - Jennifer Hudson

  • “Light Me Up” - Ingrid Michaelson

  • “City of Blinding Lights”- U2

  • “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark” - Fall Out Boy

  • “Starlight”- Taylor Swift

  • “A Light On A Hill” - Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s

  • “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room” - John Mayer

  • “Over at the Frankenstein Place” - The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • “Love On Top”- Beyonce

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