Unusual freewrite topics

Read the first question, set a timer for three minutes, and write every thought you have. Repeat with the next question when the timer rings.

What was your first intrusive thought?

Why is poetry the language of the dead?

What was the reason you woke up this morning and are you sure you are awake?

Does your best friend know you?

Is everything a lie?

How do you know you are alive?

What did the last spider you kill say?

What do you look like to an ant? What about to a vulture or to a whale?

Do you regret being born?

What should this question be?

Sophie Dufresne (they/them) is a psychology and creative writing double major student at Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada, who developed a passion for poetry ever since they read “Hope” by Emily Dickinson in sixth grade. They’ve been published by Milk Carton Press, Oddball Magazine, and Brain Mill Press, among other publications. Find them on twitter @i_m_sope.