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    NaPoWriMo Prompts

    Here are some prompts for those who wish to use them. It is not necessary to work from a prompt, but many people find it sometimes helps with the creative process. Note that in the second post, there are picture prompts that can also be used.


    1. Look at da Rules and find a rule or FAQ that you like. Write it as a poem.
    2. Write a 26-line poem where each line begins with a letter of the alphabet, in order.
    3. Write a poem without the letter s.
    4. Go to Wikipedia and click on the Random Page link. Either write about what's on the page or use the title as your title and write something completely different.
    5. What's in your name? What should be?
    6. What does heritage mean to you? Describe yours.
    7. Mix and match two cliches, proverbs, or sayings. Any two will do. A day late (and a dollar short and all dressed up) and nowhere to go for example. Write a poem about it.
    8. Write a poem that uses anaphora.
    9. Write a blessing.
    10. Choose a short form like haiku or tanka and write a series of poems in that form that explore the same topic.
    11. As Easter and Pesach fall in April, maybe a poem on either theme.
    12. Write a poem, for better or worse, about a teacher from school.
    13. Open a dictionary, page through until an unknown word catches your eye. Read the definition and then try writing a poem containing the new word.
    14. Pick up a book near you -- a real book, not an ebook -- and turn to page 179. Go to the sixth paragraph of that page and use the LAST word of that paragraph as the title of your poem. (my thanks to https://www.random.org/ for a random number from 1-250 and from 1-15)
    15. Go to https://www.random.org/colors/hex -- it will give you a random color. Write a poem about it.
    16. What is the quietest place you've ever been?
    17. That one person who... Tell us more.
    18. Read Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy. Let it inspire you. Or read another poem by another poet. The point is to take something away.
    19. Write a phone poem. Pick up your phone or tablet and start with I and use only the words that appear in your suggestion bar. You don't have to use the middle one, or any specific one but you can't cheat and use words that aren't there. Stop when you feel you're done.
    20. Write a "love" poem to/for/about a thing you like or enjoy rather than a person.
    21. Go to the the list of common poetic forms here and try one that is new to you.
    22. Titles cannot be copyrighted. Take the title of a famous poem and write your own completely different poem with the same title.
    Last edited by PiP; March 5th, 2018 at 09:58 AM.
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    — Robert G. Allen

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    Last edited by astroannie; March 25th, 2017 at 02:28 AM.
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    Yes, please! I mentioned it somewhere...the coffeehouse roundtable maybe. The more we get the better prepared we'll be.
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    — Robert G. Allen

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    Choose a short form like haiku or tanka and write a series of poems in that form that explore the same topic.

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    As Easter falls in April, maybe a poem on that theme e.g. bunnies, chocolate eggs, crucifixion etc.

    Write a poem, for better or worse, about a teacher from school (if you can remember that far back).


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    Contextual vocabulary...

    Open a dictionary, page through until an unknown word catches your eye. Read the definition and then try writing a poem containing the new word.

    I did this last year quite by accident and ended up with some surprisingly decent material. The word I got stuck in my head, oddly enough, was lollop. It means to bounce. I liked the litany of it so I used it.


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    Hand me a d100 and a d20. ....
    Everything you want is just outside your comfort zone.
    — Robert G. Allen

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    2018 visual prompt images
    (permissions granted for links to this thread)
    by WF artists:

    H.Brown, Drawings of mine

    Firemajic, Fire Fox

    Escorial, watercolors

    BlondeAverageReader, Colorful Kent & New Camera

    HCole2576, My Barbed Wire Art
    & Always have Camera Ready

    TuesdayEve, Experimenting upload photos


    many thanks to all!

    will edit in as permissions granted
    Last edited by -xXx-; March 18th, 2018 at 07:58 PM.

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    How about finding a work of art that is of historical significance and exploring the story behind it? I wrote a poem about the Venus of Willendorf last year.

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