Today’s post includes a selection of prompts from my book 1200 Creative Writing Prompts. Enjoy!
My mom always says, “Don’t ever discuss politics and religion in mixed company.”
She has a point: these are taboo subjects that can destroy friendships, rip families apart, and even divide an entire nation.
But politics and religion are important elements of any culture. So I don’t completely agree with my mom’s advice. Sure, it’s bad form to talk about these subjects in certain situations, but I believe that we should explore and share our political and religious views to the extent that we’re comfortable doing so, and we should, try to understand (even if we don’t agree with) viewpoints that differ from our own.
Politics and religion often find their way into poems, stories, and essays. Countless articles and books are written on these subjects, which provide a wealth of inspiration for writers. And today’s creative writing prompts are designed to bring a little politics and religion into your writing.
Creative Writing Prompts
Some of the prompts below ask you to write a poem; some ask you to write a story; others are open-ended. However, you should use the prompts in any way that feels comfortable. Write whatever you’re inspired to write, and have fun!
- What happens when a devout believer in (any) religion and an atheist develop feelings for each other?
- There is a magic talisman that allows its keeper to read minds. It falls into the hands of a young politician.
- Write a poem using the following image: a politician giving a speech to a crowd at a county fair.
- Politics is serious business, so try turning it on its head and making a comedy out of it. Start with an unlikely candidate running for office.
- A teenager’s beliefs are not in line with his or her parents’ religious system. Can we control what we believe? Can we control what others believe?
- Two candidates for the Senate, embroiled in a nasty campaign leading up to a close election, fall in love.
- Revisit your earliest memories of learning about faith, religion, or spirituality.
- A politician on the dais, a preacher in the pulpit, and seekers in the stands.
- Use all of the following words in a poem: sale, fight, hero, fallen, skinned, congress, occupation, top.
- What happens when a conservative lobbyist falls in love with a liberal politician?
Did any of these creative writing prompts inspire you? Do you ever bring politics and religion into your writing? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment, and keep writing!