Poetry Writing Exercises 145: Friday 26th July

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

145 police car 161610You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: silent, crisp, wooden, phone, slip
  2. Random: signed paper
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: appear

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).
  • 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

Morgen’s Online Novel Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Short Story Writing Group

Morgen’s Online Script Writing Group

Thank you for reading this and we look forward to your comments.

4 responses to “Poetry Writing Exercises 145: Friday 26th July

  1. Pingback: Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 26 July 2013 | Morgen Bailey's Writing Blog

  2. RECLAIMED
    We lift entire stories as we heft
    This board sounder than the one beneath
    No sigh of home building wasps
    The wood smacks against the aged barrow
    Then the journey across the rock fallow field
    That ear pan din as nails sink through insect levels
    My fingernails taste the bitter inherent in weeds
    I yank the dishevelment down
    Beside you, watching your arms heave up and down,
    The hammer a paper signed
    The evening a ritual long since sung.

  3. A ritual long since sung. I like it.

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