Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April 10, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Five Words and a Rhyme

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/10/18) is to write a piece that includes A) the following five words as end words (if you're writing prose, it has to be the last word of the sentence): Stopped, See, Broken, Close, Drop, and B) either written in rhyming couplets AA//BB//CC//, or tercets ABC//ABC//DEF//DEF etc. If you're writing prose you have the same assignment, the rhymes just won't be noticed.



Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):



1) Describe two smells as well as one flavor (the flavor being something sour).
2) Set your piece (at least half of it) in the evening.
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "32 Flavors" by Ani DiFranco either as an epigraph or in the piece.

Friday, April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Childhood Friends

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/6/18) is to write a narrative or partial narrative about 'playing' with a friend during childhood. Whether it's an adventure, something dull, a great memory of playing Nintendo etc.


Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):


1) Describe the shape of a particular type of tree.
2) Include a character falling.
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "Gerry is Strong" by The Bruce Lee Band either as an epigraph or in the piece.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Cooking with a Pet

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/5/18) is to write a narrative in which you are cooking something and are either interrupted or joined by a pet. Include at least one line of dialog spoke to the pet (or from if you want).

Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):


1) Begin at least 5 sentences with different words starting with the letter F.
2) Describe three different smells and include one of the things described in the title.
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "Mandy" by Barry Manilow either as an epigraph or in the piece.
4) Set your cooking narrative somewhere outdoors.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April 4, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Half Full or Empty

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/4/18) is to write about 'the glass' being either half-full or half-empty using something other than a glass, cup or bucket. Use a number of concrete specifics for the situation you're describing.


Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):

1) At some point describe the contents of a garbage can or pile.
2) Tell your reader to do something (an imperative ala Rilke's "You Must Change Your Life".
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "Moondance" by Van Morrison either as an epigraph or in the piece.

4) Write the piece from opposite perspectives in a 2-part poem or flash fiction.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Speaking with a Grandparent

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/3/18) is to write about a conversation (at least two exchanges) with a grandparent (whether your own, a friend's or a stranger). If you don't want to use actual dialog you may summarize, but two separate recountings.


Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):

1) Have one section that includes four consecutive words beginning with the letter B.
2) Describe at least one sound and one smell.


3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "Bright Eyes" by Art Garfunkel either as an epigraph of in the piece.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Shoreline

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/2/18) is to use the following five words in your piece, at least three must begin sentences:

Iguana Shoreline by Native Stew

1: Shoreline
2: Reach
3: Pulse(d)
4: West
5: Jubilant


Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):

1) Include the word "Elevated" in your title.
2) Describe something that is a shade of the color Purple.
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "The Three of Us" by Streetlight Manifesto (here is a perhaps better, acoustic guitar version by the writer who performs as such under the nom-de-plume Toh Kay. I highly recommend the whole album The Hands that Thieve) either as an epigraph of in the piece.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

April 1, 2018 National Poetry Month Daily Writing Prompt: Plums?

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2018! 

I don't want to exclude anyone, though, so all prompts will be written so that they can be either poetry or prose.

Today's exercise (4/1/18) is to use the single word question "Plums?" somewhere in your piece. It must be dialog, whether you're writing prose or poetry.




Bonus exercises (either in conjunction with the official exercise or stand-alone):

1) Include the word "Bat" in your title.
2) Use one verb at least 5 times in a close proximity (whether anaphora or not)
3) Use a quote from the lyrics of the song "Fourth of July" by Sufjan Stevens either as an epigraph of in the piece.