Poetry Writing Exercises 574: Friday 27th March

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. 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.

574 road 936478Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: destiny, come, going, earth, came
  2. Random: an unusual-tasting cup of tea
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. One-word prompt: capture

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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

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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2 responses to “Poetry Writing Exercises 574: Friday 27th March

  1. its my destiny some might say
    its going to come to me then it will be done
    this earth so stringent and harsh
    must let love come and then it will pass
    its going to be another dawn
    another day to survive
    this earth is something strange
    that it is left to you and i
    it came from the sky they say
    the sun and moon there for us to behave
    this earth is to come into another light
    this earth is going to be such a sight
    its my destiny to see this now
    is going to come into fruition somehow
    someway it will be
    this earth will survive for eternity

  2. Thank you for posting your poem, Janette. I love what you did with the keywords. If you’d like to share any poems on my main blog, take a look at https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/post-weekend-poetry.

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