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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 4 November 2013

Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs (and poems, script / novel extracts, stories at the weekends, when I get them). As you’ll see by the headings, you’ve missed a few but they’re listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there…

Poetry Writing Exercises 216: Monday 4th November

Here are your four poetry exercises for today. Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one.

216 bench 820397You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: married, grief, last, time, saw
  2. Random: the shed
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – a new relationship 

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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


Story Writing Exercises 220: Monday 4th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Post-weekend Poetry 096: Langors by Dave Lewis

Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the ninety-sixth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet and organiser of the International Welsh Poetry Competition, Dave Lewis.


Cold lake and waterfowl

sunshine through mist,


on the water

leaning back on my canoe

– wind push,

reed-woven –

the swans heavy in the swell.

Cormorant colony,

island of grass.

Binoculars peer from a hide,


Glide with wild ducks,

moorhen, coot.

Just an hour or so

all it takes

to reconnect.


DaveDave Lewis is from Pontypridd, South Wales. He has written newspaper columns, poetry for magazines, sports stories for the BBC and is organiser of the international Welsh Poetry Competition –

He has published seven books to date – Layer Cake, a poetry collection, Urban Birdsong – a collection of short stories, prose, poetry and one song, Sawing Fallen Logs For Ladybird Houses, a collection of poetry with photographs on his website.

In 2011 he published his first novel, Ctrl-Alt-Delete, a crime thriller set in Wales and later published a Haiku collection.

‘Langors’ was taken from his latest collection Roadkill – a contemporary poetry collection, available at and

His story ‘Onions’ won a runner-up spot in the Rhys Davies short story competition 2010. For more details visit Dave’s website –


If you’d like to submit your poem (60 lines max) for consideration for Post-weekend Poetry take a look here.

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