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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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

Enjoy!

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Writing Prompt 10/21/13

Write about a situation in which some piece of a project that gets completed in the story or poem must be done at least twice. For example, a character is helping his child to build a model airplane and has forgotten an essential piece of the plane and must retrace his steps and insert the missing piece. Or, someone is paying bills and has sealed up the envelopes and notices she forgot to include the checks.

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Writing Prompt 10/16/13

What are 5 things for which you are truly grateful? These things do not have to be extremely profound, but of course should be important to you. After you have reflected on your list, pick one or two and write a poem or story from the point of view of someone else to whom these things are very important but has a different story about why.

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