Poetry Writing Exercises 754: Tuesday 8th December

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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.

754 bee 975193Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: old, reflective, beige, edge, trees
  2. Random: unsure what’s happening
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Forgetting Everything

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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


  • 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.


One response to “Poetry Writing Exercises 754: Tuesday 8th December

  1. 1.The Old House
    The old house had reflective windows
    They shimmered through the trees
    And cold, I feel the breeze
    The old house had beige shutters
    Painted around their edge
    Feel like Humpty Dumpty…sitting on the ledge
    The old house had uniformity
    Yet trapped inside, it’s a tragedy
    And outside’s not a calamity
    Jane got away from Dick
    And the oil she slid was thick & slick
    But then she loved to paint
    With brushes of life that taint
    And tint her glasses Rose
    Since love’s everywhere I suppose…
    2. Unsure of What’s Happening
    What’s happening and what’s happened?
    I’m not sure who, when, or where
    But it causes fear in my underwear
    I peed myself again!
    Instead of the news, I’ll watch
    Gilligan’s Island!
    3. Be the Bee
    Be the bee, I say
    Life’s too short to get stung!
    But whether you sting or are stung
    Take care of it fast
    As you’ll climb the next rung
    Of the ladder of life
    And stay strong with a fife
    Just blow your own horn
    Or grow some corn
    But don’t sit around
    Long-faced & forlorn
    For the honey of life
    Runs sweet for the strife!
    And that’s what it’s all about
    Being a good sport
    And forgetting the pout!
    4. Forgetting Everything
    Even as you ‘forget everything’, it’s a temporary state
    Whether drunk, deep in thought, or unconscious
    Porcelain Goddess, Education, or Coma
    There’s always something there to remind – Karma
    And until you’re dead, there’s no peace of mind
    So just adhere to the pieces, stop pressing rewind
    Since everything at once doesn’t please
    Even as we are fast asleep, vacation, or down on our knees
    N’er could we forget
    Even so, have no regret
    Get to give or give to get
    It’s still all there since the day we met

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