Pop Prompts: 200 Writing Prompts Inspired By Popular Music
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It’s time to make your writing pop. 
Award-winning screenwriter, playwright, and teacher Erik Patterson has crafted a book of writing prompts unlike any other. 
Pop Prompts uses popular music to awaken your creative spirit. Each writing prompt poses a question that will get you thinking more deeply about yourself and the world around you. Read the prompt, listen to the song, then let go...and let your subconscious take over.
These writing prompts will help you explore who you are. They will also spark new creative projects. Answer the questions in this book honestly – allow yourself to be vulnerable – and pop! The ideas will begin to flow. As long as you’re writing you’re doing it right.
Find your writing voice, then let yourself sing.
But don’t just listen to us, listen to writers who’ve used Pop Prompts:
"The hardest thing to find as a writer is inspiration – and that's what 
Pop Prompts gives you! The book is chock full of smart, engaging, clever writing prompts that seriously motivate you to get words on the page." – Amber Benson, author of The Witches of Echo Park
Pop Prompts is the book you've been waiting for. Erik will get you writing. He will pull that idea from you that you thought you'd lost forever." – Liza Palmer, author of Nowhere but Home
“When I’ve looked at a draft so many times I want to puke, I turn to Erik’s prompts. It never fails to breathe fresh life into my work.” – Ashley Quach, creator of 
Deck the Halls (with Matrimony!)
“Erik’s prompts unlock my writerly brain like nothing else! They get those words flowing without fear – and ultimately drive me to uncover deeper truths about both my work and myself. Brilliant!” – Sarah Kuhn, author of the 
Heroine Complex series
“Fun, engaging and surprising! Erik’s way of teasing out the creative gems in you is masterful. This book is a resource I’ll continue to utilize for a long, long time.” – Keiko Agena, author of 
No Mistakes: A Perfect Workbook for Imperfect Artists
Who Needs Pop Prompts? 

  • Do therapeutic journaling.
  • Generate creative ideas.
  • Start your day by focusing your thoughts.
  • De-stress at the end of the day.

Screenwriters, Novelists, Playwrights

  • Develop and deepen your characters.
  • Create character backstories.
  • Brainstorm scene ideas.

Singers, Songwriters, Musicians

  • Tap into your deepest emotions to find song ideas.
  • Write heartfelt, honest lyrics.

Poets & Other Artists

  • Experiment with your own personal artistic style.
  • Play around with how you use language.

Social Media Creators

  • Practice being vulnerable.
  • Find authentic stories to share with your audience.
  • Clarify your beliefs and feelings about the world.


  • Awaken your students’ creativity and inspire them to write.
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