Poetry Writing Exercises 163: Wednesday 21st August

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.

163 dog leads 658403You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: struck, quality, especially, Shakespeare, uncertain
  2. Random: mystery
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Sentence start: Without fact or reason…

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished).

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.

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One response to “Poetry Writing Exercises 163: Wednesday 21st August

  1. Without fact or reason…
    we find the defendant guilty of all charges.
    For no reason we find her guilty of being guilty and
    charged with not being charged for being found guilty.
    There is no reason to doubt that there are no facts that
    should bring to mind any factual accounts for what happened,
    and it with this absolute lack of evidence that leads us to believe with
    no due course or deliberation that the facts outweigh the reasons, therefore
    the reason for the facts cannot be disputed; nor for the lack of.
    Guilty is the verdict. And if the defendant should plea otherwise
    then the lack of facts would indicate that indeed a guilty verdict was
    correct.
    (not a poem, a lyrical response to the hypocrisy of law, apologies)

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