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Writing, Promptly


NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) has gained momentum over the past decade, and a number of best-selling novels–Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– began in this veritable boot camp for writers. The appeal lies in the short intense nature of the project, with the product being a 50,000 word first draft. Daily word count goals keep you on track, and the NaNo site provides a supportive community. November is almost upon us. Perhaps THIS year is YOUR year?


Collage by Rex Ray


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Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park

wits students in the rice art gallery

WITS summer campers write stories and poems while inspired by “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park, the art installation currently on exhibit in the Rice University Art Gallery.

The art installation “Unwoven Light” by Soo Sunny Park is currently on display in the Rice Gallery at Rice University. The combination of chain link fencing and colorful plexiglass converts the space into a kaleidoscopic wonderland. The exhibit will continue until August 30, 2013.

Soo Sunny Park "Unwoven Light" - Ric...

Soo Sunny Park “Unwoven Light” – Rice University Art Gallery – Houston, TX (Photo credit: Mr. Kimberly)


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Finding the My in Mythology

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I “discovered” the artist Dan-ah Kim through the writers’ blog, NewPages. Although it seemed surprising to me at first, as I studied Kim’s art, the pairing made perfect sense. Every picture I studied seemed to evoke a whole mythology around it. The more I stared, the more story emerged. I am struck with the personal mythology that this artist launches in her art. Amazing.

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Igniters for Writers

Every writer gets stuck on occasion. When that happens, there’s hope. Check out the Writer Igniter app on the DIY MFA website. The program shuffles an e-deck of cards and provides you with a character, a situation, a prop, and a setting. You take it from there, imagination not included!

The DIY MFA concept is a cool one. I have an MFA in creative writing already, and I still find that I’m drawn to this site for ideas and inspiration. Congrats to Gabriela Pereira on a great project.

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Resources for NaPoWriMo 2012

The official poster for National Poetry Month 2012 (Academy of American Poets)

If you’ve found a great source of writing prompts on the web, please share the link as a comment, and I will add it to the list.

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Cafes of my Dreams

Although I don’t do it as much as I used to, I still love writing in cafes. I enjoyed this story from Web Urbanist on cafes around the world with uber cool design. Pictured here is the East Beach Cafe in Littlehampton, UK. Check out the other dozen here.

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A Little Push

Here’s a list of blogs that are offering up poetry prompts for NaPoWriMo 2011. It’s short so please share with me links to other poetry prompts for the cruelest month.

Big Tent Poetry (Carolee, Deb, and Jill)

Kelli Russell Agodon

NaPoWriMo (Maureen Thorsen)

Poetic Asides (Robert Lee Brewer)

Writer’s Island

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Happy National Poetry Month 2011!

National Poetry Month begins today, April 1st, 2011.  At Writers in the Schools (WITS) we send out an email with a child’s poem every day for the month. Find out about that and other poetry offerings here.

If you are truly brave and want to WRITE a poem a day this April, consider participating in NaPoWriMo. Don’t be shy. I’ll be blogging away at it here and would love your company!

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Pilfering Poetry

The Circus (film)

Charlie Chaplin image via Wikipedia

Feeling anxious staring at the blank page? Check out the great writing prompt at Big Tent Poetry this week. Click here to join the fun in the Circus Big Top.

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Write to Twombly 1: Wilder Shores of Love

I’ve been keeping busy trying to write to Cy Twombly art. I thought I’d post the painting of the day here. Please feel free to write along with me. My rough drafts will be on my Poem a Day blog, Rogue Notes.

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A Poem a Day

National Poetry Month begins tomorrow, April 1st, 2010.  At Writers in the Schools (WITS) we send out an email with a child’s poem every day for the month. Find out about that and other poetry offerings here.

If you are truly brave and want to WRITE a poem a day this April, consider participating in NaPoWriMo. Don’t be shy. I’ll be blogging away at it here.

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Open 100: The 100 Word Poem

Tomorrow is Pearl’s 100th day of school, a big holiday in Kindergarten, I am realizing. She wrote a 100 word poem for the 100 Museum, and I’m going to do one too, although it won’t get to be in any museum. If you’d like join us–and I hope you will–please leave a link in the comment section. Ready? Write.

[photo by Leo Reynolds via flickr]

To review the Big Window archives of writing exercises, click here.

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DIY Dream Poem

Here's a fun sounding exercise from Read Write Poem. It's by Bruce Covey. Let us know if you give it a try!

X=13, Y=21

Where there are coins, there’s matter,
A narrow strip of over 700,000 in this province.
Today the birds are green and the roofs are woven
Of string. You pick the spot, please:
Its zoo built with moment upon moment of cola fountains
(although the one at the center sprouts ginger ale), or
The checkerboard landscape with a single checker making me sweat.
A nest of spiders spins its lines of code — where something is and isn’t —
underneath the netting, the surface para-graph,
A wooden barrel in front of every scrap.
Half kangaroo and half gorilla would be very versatile,
Especially here, where rain has turned the road to muck.
Next to the thicket and upon a rock, my translator
Teaches card tricks to all the babies, changes their diapers.
Later we played an asphalt fight until the killer bees,
Digitally enhanced, came — an extensive natural race
That brings the good in night, its tropical players.

by Bruce Covey

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EOAGH 5: The Mega Mega Edition

Another amazing edition of EOAGH has been posted, and it's huge and, as I said, amazing!  Here's one by the poet Robyn Art. Please hustle on over and see the rest!


[Theories of Colony Collapse Disorder]

1.Because the river is full of holes. 2. Because his hands. 3. Because those were
the pearls that were his eyes. 4. Larceny. 5. Infamy. ^. The churlish disquietude
of the Tastee-Freeze truck. 7. Because of spinning it old school. 8. The same wack
shit. 9. Because lengthening shadows, doing their crepuscular dance. 10. Because
“crepuscular.” 11. High school (bad hair, misery.) 12. The very idea of him. 13.
Recurring dream #1: the house by the water (lake? ocean?) 14. Because the death
of analog. 15. Because the death of the push-mower. 16. Because death 17. in a kinda
general, all-around way. 18. Three weeks late. 19. Rescinded handshake. 20. Fantasy
baseball. 21. Collision of cosmic spheres, a dissonant humming. 22. Blood in the
drain. 23. Recurring dream #2: the Forbidden Room (blood-red drapes, a la The Shining?)
24. Because the day job 25. can’t swing the high overhead. 26. Sleeplessness. 27.
Her bituminous eyes. 28. Because Father Time, one seriously-underhanded motherfucker.
29. Broken strap. 30. Severed toe buried in sand. 31. Because he wanted to. 32.
Because he wanted. 33. Because he. 34. Flooded engine. 35. Invention of cheese-in-a-can.
36. Because genial affection, furious loathing 37. and tenderness. 38. Exhibit A:
syringe, rubber hose, earmarked copy of “Explore St. Louis!” 39. The way you heard
it. 40. Because the tongues of a thousand bedraggled and timorous mortals. 41. Because
rain. 42. Winter: a single thread, unraveling. 43. Better get. 44. Better get yo’
hustle on.

by Robyn Art

published by EOAGH

Eoagh logo

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Beware, Beware: The Poetry Instigator


If you are always looking for new poetry writing prompts, there's a new kid on the block, The Poetry Instigator. It's a blog, it's a forum, it's a poetry machine, I tell ye! They're completely mad over there. I think you'll love it.

Vending machine red by shikoooooo via flickr

photo by shikoooooo via flickr

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