Poetry Writing Exercises 854: Tuesday 26th April

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts, do take a look at my online courses… currently half price (when using the coupon codes on my main blog’s online courses page).

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.

854 notebook 918300Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: viewing, fly, easy, Sunday, 12.30
  2. Random: changing his looks
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Eye in the Sky

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 854: Tuesday 26th April

  1. The two pens are lined up neatly
    tell the story so completely
    if you read between the lines
    see he hasn’t got the time
    to think, and so convert
    his words of pain and hurt
    sorrow, joy and gladness too
    laid out on the page for you
    so instead of flowing sweetly
    the two pens are lined up neatly

  2. Reblogged this on Recommended book and blog news, poetry and tarot inspiration and commented:
    Every day inspiration with a chance for feedback if required. Exercises to keep the writing flowing and the fingers flexing.

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