Today’s online writing groups’ poetry and story exercises: 22 December 2014

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 507: Monday 22nd December

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.

507 banana toast 927999Below are the four – you can do them in any order.

  1. Keywords: admitted, react, questions, asked, admit
  2. Random: a human right
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Monologue Monday: Write a first-person poem – is at the top of a hill

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 511: Monday 22nd December

Here are your four story exercises for today.

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Post-weekend Poetry 125: Lady Catherine by Siana Holmes

Lady Catherine coverWelcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the one hundred and twenty-fifth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by Siana Holmes and is the opening poem from P J Flynn’s novella Lady Catherine.

Lady Catherine

Two souls combine,

An apparition introduction.

Behind the cloak and hood,

A beauty seduction.

Travelled through on a dream,

But turns true to the flesh.

A beauty locked in time,

Comes back after death.

On the prowl for a victim,

Alexander King she chooses.

Her beauty and manipulation,

Are the weapons she uses.

Visions of illusions,

Well planned out heists.

To a dagger awaiting,

A love sacrifice.

An opportunity to travel,

Back to the scene.

Of a decided life waiting,

Which all starts with a dream.


I asked Siana what prompted this piece and she said…

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