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Today’s poetry and story exercises: 8th August 2017

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Every weekday I post a set of poetry prompts on poetrywritinggroup.wordpress.com and a set of story prompts on the scriptnovel and short story blogs. As you’ll see by the heading numbers, you may have missed a few but the links are listed on the relevant group’s Exercises page so you can always find them there. So here are your poetry and short story exercises…

Poetry Writing Exercises 1189: Tuesday 8th August

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

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.

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

  1. Keywords: washing, thanks, customers, rinse, worst
  2. Random: born the same year
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: The Exclusive Deal

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that it counts as being published so don’t post anything that you would want to submit elsewhere (where they require unpublished material).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 1193: Tuesday 8 Aug

Here are your four story exercises for today. If you enjoy these prompts (or are looking to improve your writing or submit a manuscript), do take a look at my online courses… five are currently half price and the other two are FREE (when using coupon codes)!

Time yourself for 15 minutes for each one, then either have a break or move on to the next one. When you’ve finished, do pop over to this blog’s Facebook Group and let everyone know how you got on.

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

  1. Keywords: brownie, sweet, dessert, not, person
  2. Random: staying up early
  3. Picture: what does this inspire?
  4. Tuesday Title: Not a Pudding Eater

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).

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Perfect break

Some sunlight while rain is cascading down my window…

Jane Dougherty Writes

This haibun is for the dverse prompt. The theme is beauty in imperfection.

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There is nothing perfect under the sun. Every rose has its beetle-nipped petal, every black cat a hair or two of white, every sunset a worry that takes the form of a small black cloud. The beach has its tidemark of plastic bags, the forest, broken branches and idiotic picnickers. Even the blackbird has lost a tail feather. No pitch is perfect to the ears of a dog; no song will bring tears to every eye.

Yet the beauty of this world is in your lop-sided grin, the way you sing off key, and that you came back one day, after years of anguish, dark skies dispersed and doubts put to rest. You came back with open hands full of sunlight and the heart I gave you that you didn’t want, and this time, to place it…

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