Poetry Writing Exercises 001: 11th Jan 2013

timer 54392Here are your four exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

You can do them in any order.

  1.  One-word prompt: royal
  2.  Keywords: land, voice, tax, cartoon, font
  3.  Sentence start: Below the bridge at midnight…
  4.  Random: Look out any window in your house. Stand still and describe the bottom left-hand corner of your view.

Have fun, and do paste your writing in the comment boxes below so we can see how you got on!

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).
  • One-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.
  • Random = whatever takes my fancy!

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.

6 responses to “Poetry Writing Exercises 001: 11th Jan 2013

  1. Reblogged this on Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog and commented:

    The first of daily poetry exercises…

  2. 🙂 – I had a little fun with this. It has been a very dreary day. I hope it gives someone a smile.

    The Troll

    With a voice that reeked majestic
    He sang beneath the bridge
    Such ugly sight he was
    But he didn’t give a fig
    Trolls were very handsome
    Or so this sorry fellow thought
    It never did occur to him
    Why the people wouldn’t stop.

    With cup of tea in ravaged hands
    He saw himself a master
    A flippin’ bloody genius
    A genesis of sort as well
    A maestro quite extrordinaire
    Or so this sorry fellow thought
    It never did occur to him
    Why the people wouldn’t stop.

    He knew no doubt, (don’t worry)
    His plight in life appalling
    As beneath bridge at midnight
    He bellowed out his froggy notes
    Appeasing crowds of worshippers
    Or so this sorry fellow thought
    It never did occur to him
    Why people wouldn’t stop.

  3. Wow. I loved it, Lesley. See what we can do from almost nothing. Be very proud. x

  4. I really like how you built a poem around the one line. And I like the repetition of the last two lines of each stanza. Why won’t people stop? Makes one think beyond the poem.

  5. Yes, Mary I often veer toward society’s tendency to turn away from what is uncomfortable in my free writes and for that matter in my writing in general. Thanks so much for commenting.

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