Poetry Writing Exercises 1015: Wednesday 7th December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1015-globe-1290379_640Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: qualifications, type, stuff, axe, turn
  2. Random: Chris’ opinion
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Had it been successful…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1014: Tuesday 6th December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1014-writing-690453Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: connection, father, didn’t, go, made
  2. Random: thinking out loud
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Coming Last

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

See below for explanations of the prompts, they do vary…

Sentence starts = what it says on the tin. You can use it at the beginning of the poem or include it later, and being poetry it doesn’t have to be exact – just be inspired by it.
Keywords = the words have to appear in the poem but can be in any order and can be lengthened (e.g. clap to clapping).
Single-word prompt = sometimes all it takes is one word to spawn an idea. Sometimes it easy, sometimes hard but invariably fun.
Mixed bag = an object, a location, a colour.
Picture prompts = nothing other than a picture. What does it conjure up?
Title = The title for your piece.
Haiku poem= 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables
Random = whatever takes my fancy!
Tips

Don’t forget your five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, smell
Show don’t tell: if your character is angry, don’t tell us he is, have him thumping his fist on the table.
Colours: Include at least one colour in your story. It does add depth.
Use strong verbs and avoid adverbs: Have a character striding instead of walking confidently.
Only use repetition to emphasise.
When you’ve finished the first draft, read the story out loud. It’s surprising how many ‘mistakes’ leap out at you when you read out loud… assuming you have any of course!
Pictures courtesy of morguefile.com

I love to talk about writing so feel free to email me. I’ll be pasting these prompts in this blog’s Facebook Group so you may find some other comments there.

If you’d like to submit a poem for critique on this site, see Submissions. The other critique writing groups are:

Morgen’s Online Non-Fiction Writing Group

http://nonfictionwritinggroup.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/335526669896374
Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group

http://novelwritinggroup.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/508696639153189
Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group

http://shortstorywritinggroup.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/544072635605445
Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group

http://scriptwritinggroup.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/groups/319941328108017
Thank you for reading this and we look forward to your comments.

Poetry Writing Exercises 1013: Monday 5th December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1013-white-pen-914117Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: spit, skip, mating, bank, time
  2. Random: checking out
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about opening an account

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1012: Friday 2nd December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1012-three-995149Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: rebel, sure, shake, office, celebrate
  2. Random: two roast potatoes
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: out

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1011: Thursday 1st December

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1011-tattoos-844298Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: 170, odd, confidence, shut, lead
  2. Random: cooking for twelve
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: Not Working Out

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1010: Wednesday 30th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1010-tape-measure-907956Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: should, stand, straight, didn’t, love
  2. Random: not understanding a word of it
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Not just alone but…

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1009: Tuesday 29th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1009-tag-934233Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: acrylic, spot, think, once, waterproof
  2. Random: your name isn’t there
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The Dutch Friend

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1008: Monday 28th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1008-spiral-908924Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: facilities, sponsorship, 1996, dismal, population
  2. Random: pick a Facebook friend’s interest
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about winning something

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1007: Friday 25th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1007-spider-97622Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: milkshake, produce, proud, Olympics, second
  2. Random: what did you do last night
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: train

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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Poetry Writing Exercises 1006: Thursday 24th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… six are currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page) and another is FREE!

Time yourself for 15 minutes per exercise, having a break in between each one or move on to the next.  When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

1006-spaceman-38293Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: better, butter, adventure, block, Jenna
  2. Random: leaving out the Ts
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Thursday Title: See You On Thursday

Have fun, and if you would like to, do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on! Remember though that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).

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