Writing Prompt 11/15/13

Write about a disappointment (event, personal shortcoming, circumstance) but change the outcome so that the speaker is no longer disappointed. EG: the winning ticket was yours after all, his small physical frame was crucial in saving the child from the cave, the rain clouds disappeared before they passed over the ripped tent at the wedding reception.

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Writing Prompt 11/13/13

Today’s idea is largely taken from Writers’ Digest author Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day challenge for November. His challenge today is to write a self-help poem. That is certainly a great idea. I was thinking of focusing my prompt on the examining the pieces of what that self-help poem would look like. For example, what are the practices that the SHP would promote, what is the diet it would advise, what are the thought patterns it would change? Is the self-help poem an instructional piece? Is it a feel-good treatise? A combination? Is each line a direction? Is each stanza a new mission statement? Is a poem essentially a self-help document?
Just some things to think about and hopefully have fun with as you write your self-help poem.

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God bless you and your writing.

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Writing Prompt 11/4/13

This prompt comes from poet-friend, Robert Lee Brewer, and can be found at this url. I have pasted in the actual text from the web page. All rights reserved Robert Lee Brewer.



Hope the time change hasn’t been messing with folks too much (in places that have it–like here in Atlanta). Somehow I get an extra hour, and it still feels like I lost one. How does that happen?

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “(blank) Sheet,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles might include: “Rap Sheet,” “Blank Sheet,” “How to Fold a Sheet,” “I Look Like a Ghost Beneath This Holey Sheet,” etc. Feel free–as always–to bend and break the prompt to your will. The poeming is what matters.

Here’s my attempt at a “(blank) Sheet” poem:

“Lost Sheet”

The next American city with a violent crime
reported. I don’t want to know if it’s Denver
or DC, don’t want to know if it involved a gun

or bath salts. I’d rather turn off the television
and burn my atlas. I’d rather go to a diner,
hold the door open for someone, and tip

my waitress more than she’s been tipped
all day. I’d rather take a walk in the woods,
but then, I hear shots in the trees and wonder

if it’s hunters or target practice for the next
American news story to file across my
media feed. Honestly, I’d rather not know.


Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and a published poet with three new poems in the latest issue of Otoliths, an online poetry publication out of Australia (click here to read the poems). He’s been writing poems with city names in the titles, but had to modify that plan today (oh well). He’s also the author of Solving the World’s Problems, which has a poem or three about American cities and the people who live in them. He’s married to the poet Tammy Foster Brewer, who helps him keep track of his five little poets (four boys and one princess). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

Writing Prompt 10/31/13

Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by Mary Shelley about eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. Shelley started writing the story when she was nineteen, and the novel was published when she was twenty-one. The first edition was published anonymously in London in 1818. Shelley’s name appears on the second edition, published in France in 1823.

Shelley had travelled in the region of Geneva, where much of the story takes place, and the topics of galvanism and other similar occult ideas were themes of conversation among her companions, particularly her future husband, Percy Shelley. The storyline emerged from a dream. Mary, Percy, Lord Byron, and John Polidori decided to have a competition to see who could write the best horror story. After thinking for weeks about what her possible storyline could be, Shelley dreamt about a scientist who created life and was horrified by what he had made. She then wrote Frankenstein. This blogger thinks that it is one of the most important books ever written.

What kind of story would you write if you had such a challenge?

Here’s a line offered, mostly in jest, to get you going: “It was a dark and stormy night…..”

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Writing Prompt 10/25/13

Ok, here are your 8 nouns to use in a poem or story of no more than 80 words. As usual, you may use the words in any declension to help yourself along. So yes, you can change the noun “fire” to use as a verb, or an adjective.
Post your drafts to the CWC FB page or to the CWC Google+ page if you like when you’re done.

fire, job, trickster, stole, palate, tree branch, journeyman, meditation


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