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Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 25 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 231: Monday 25th 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.

231 sunflower 639224You can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: inspired, birthday, May, dog, first
  2. Random: a distant relationship
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – on a singles holiday

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 235: Monday 25th November

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Post-weekend Poetry 098: A Dark Caribbean Rum by Jim Scott

1 JimWelcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the ninety-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Jim Scott and appears in his book 3 which can be accessed at

A Dark Caribbean Rum

You can talk of the finest clarets, or the best of the Cotes du Rhone,

Sing praise to the vines that produce the great wines

Such as Burgundy, Bordeaux or Beaune.

When all’s said and done there is only the one

That counts when the evening has come

With need to unwind and relax the old mind,

………. That’s dark Caribbean rum.

There’s merit in most of the scotches, and vodka is well worth a try.

And no need to pass if you’re offered a glass

Filled with gin or with bourbon or rye.

But when someone asks for what’s best from the casks

And says they would like to have some,

It’s better than not that you pour them a tot

………. Of dark Caribbean rum.

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