Poetry Writing Exercises 733: Monday 9th November

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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.

733 number 5 909883Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: morning, thousand, sunset, sky, flake
  2. Random: eating his feet
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: first-person poem about things changing

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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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One response to “Poetry Writing Exercises 733: Monday 9th November

  1. 1. FLAKE
    The morning sky produced a flake
    As I see while eating cake
    A thousand more before sunset
    Give me cocoa and a crumpet

    2. FEET
    Quite peculiar this boy
    Eating his feet was his joy

    3. FIVE
    The number five so vivid
    Amongst a purple background
    Bold in black, five stands her ground
    Because the world is round and profound

    4. MORPH
    Things are changing before my eyes
    I should change with them – I tantalize
    I’m morphing into another role
    I did not want, but hear the drum roll
    From a poet to an artist to a squatter
    It isn’t much fun without water
    New technology surpasses the old
    And I’d better know it to become bold
    Just keeping hip on every new slang
    I open the door to avoid the bang
    Of somebody calling me out
    Since I’m tired of being a look-out

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