Thursday, October 23, 2014

OctPoWriMo Poetry Prompt #23: Another Chapter Begins.....



Another chapter begins…

We are in the final third of October which means… we are that much closer to the end of this poetry writing spree.


Some of you, like me, may not quite be up to speed with the numbers and guess what? That is perfectly fine. Please forgive your lower numbers and continue to write as called and compelled.


I have written two poems this month I am absolutely thrilled about and have several in the works in my notebook. I don’t consider myself behind because… 

                                       I don’t believe in “behind” I believe in everything being just right as is, thank you very very much!
 

With that in mind, I want us to think and write today - if you choose to follow the prompting and as always we love whether you do or you don’t - to imagine turning the page to the next chapter….


If it helps, actually grab a book from that shelf over there. Go to the end of one chapter and literally turn the page.


Repeat as necessary.


Maybe for you “another chapter begins” is like waiting for the new school year or writing resolutions or starting a new job….


Perhaps you’ve been writing haiku all month and right now you want to set those aside and write all American Sentence poems! (Are there any Allen Ginsburg fans out there who know what I speak of?

Whatever it inspires for you, so be it... move your pencils and shuffle these possibilities into poetry.

Phrase prompts:


Another chapter begins…

Turn the page….

And then there was….

I begin again….

And then there was….

Now it is time to write….

And an image and quote inspiration I forgot I created! 


Share your poetry with us by linking up. Make sure you visit your neighbors one or two before and after. If you are last on the list go back to the beginning of the list. If you are the first few on the list please go back to the day before and visit the last on the list if you haven't already. Have fun!




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Poetry Prompt - A Challenge

Every year I challenge you to do a video of yourself reading or reciting one of your poems. Most of you have been too intimidated by such a prospect. I understand. This year, for today's poetry prompt, I challenge you to audio record yourself reading/reciting one of your poems - no video just audio. I audio recorded a poem today that I am posting on my blog with mistakes and all. I'm hoping that will help you have courage to record your poem.

Poetry Prompt:


Choose your favorite poem that you have written this month during OctPoWriMo and record it and share either on your blog or on Youtube.

I know the thought of recording yourself can be scary, I hope you will at least give it some thought.

If that is still something you don't feel comfortable with you can find more prompts to your liking down below or share one of your poems that has been inspired from another source.

Word Prompts:


Photo by Morgan Dragonwillow
Tantalizing
Adventurous
Audacious
Valiant
Spontaneous


Feeling Prompts:


Encouraged
Motivated
Provocative
Impulsive
Elated

Sentence Starters:


I can do anything I set my mind to...
When I think of...
I feel...




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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day 21: Poetry Prompt: "I was here...."

Where are your fingerprints?
I spent last weekend at Morro Bay along the Central California Coast. On both Saturday and Sunday morning I could be found nestled in the dunes along the beach, waiting to greet the new day.

On Sunday, I noticed I left a distinctive hand print in the sand.

As a creative person, you are aware how such a thing sparks the imagination. It got me to thinking where my fingerprints and handprints and footprints live on in places, with other people, in memory.

It birthed the image you see here (feel free to also use the image for inspiration and on your blogs) as well as this prompt.

Question Prompt:

Where are your fingerprints?

Where are your handprints?

Where are your footprints?

Sentence Starters

My fingerprints are...

My handprints are...

My footprints are...

I remember the fingerprints of...

I remember the handprints of...

I remember the footprints of....

Words for Inspiration

Hand

Foot

Sand

Impression

Memory

Beach

Ocean

Fingers

Share your poetry with us by linking up. Make sure you visit your neighbors one or two before and after. If you are last on the list go back to the beginning of the list. If you are the first few on the list please go back to the day before and visit the last on the list if you haven't already. Have fun!

-- Julie Jordan Scott 


Julie Jordan Scott is a writer, creative life coach, speaker, performance poet, Mommy and mixed-media artist  whose Writing Camps and Writing Playgrounds permanently transform people's creative lives. Watch for the announcement of new programs coming Fall and Winter, 2014 and beyond. 
Check out the links below to follow her on a bunch of different social media channels, especially if you find the idea of a Word-Love Party bus particularly enticing.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Day 20 - Better Late than Never

Photo Credit: Petr Kratochvil




My apologies, fellow poets! I was at a friend's house yesterday and it completely slipped my mind to have this post ready to go. And that brings me to our prompt for today!



The Prompt: Let's dig into the anxiety and stress that comes with forgetting something or being late. How does that feel? What words do you need to express it? Is there a form that would seem to fit for you?



Word Prompts:

  • late
  • forgot
  • rush
  • hurry

Suggested form: The Blitz Poem (one of my favorites to write and to read!)



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~ Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction writer, artist, and student of life. She is working toward a new career as a Creative Arts Therapist where she hopes to share with others the healing power of the creative process. You can read her poetry and see some of her art on her blog - Poetry, Prose, Art, and Creativity. When she's not writing or making art, you can find her reading, listening to a wide range of music (even singing karaoke sometimes), or spending time with her husband Patrick and her two sons.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Raindrops on my windowpane-Day 19 OctPoWriMo

Hello everyone! We're at Day 18. How are you holding up? Today even in sunny Hawai'i the rain has been pouring all over the state. It's gray and the air has that earthy smell. Let's write about it. This song sounds like rain to me. (Not an exact representation, but I'm a poet, so artistic license.) 


The Prompt: 

Freewrite for 10 minutes on the subject of Rain. Make it as visceral an experience as you can. How does it feel? Are there emotions you associate with rain, or experiences from your past? A song? A book? Use three of the words below.

The Words: 

                  Melancholy 
                  Drizzle 
                  Damp 
                  Rainbow 
                  Cloudy 
                  Grass 
                  Somber


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Poetry Prompts - Getting Creative

Image by Morgan Dragonwillow
I love getting creative with words. Yesterday Amy talked about finding words from magazines and possibly collaging poetry and I'm following a similar vein today. 

I'm sure most of you have heard of black out or found poetry, how you take a page from a book and choose words from all over the page to create a poem. You then circle the words and black out everything else.  

I have a hard time blacking out real books regardless of whether or not they are old and useless (not that I think any book is old and useless) and here are a couple of techniques I use instead.

Last year Julie talked about found poetry and I couldn't wrap my head around it until I came up with this method. I decided to take a picture of a page from one of my favorite books and play with it in my paint program and I came up with this poem. 


Image by Morgan Dragonwillow

It was a lot of fun going through the page, finding the words I could use, and circling them. The butterflies I added just to be playful. If you can't read the poem here you can read it on my blog.

This year I wanted to post some black out poetry on Instagram and I wanted it to actually look like black out poetry. I have poetry magnets. I pulled out a dark washcloth. I chose a few words and came up with this.


Image by Morgan Dragonwillow
Of course it isn't the traditional way of finding words but it was fun to play with the words and find a creative way to display them.

That of course is the whole point, play with your words, whether they stream from the ether or you find them in other places, have fun!


Poetry Prompts:


Choose a page from one of your books and take a photo of it, email it to yourself, choose some of the words and create a poem out of them. You can print out the page to play with it or just keep it on your computer and play with it in your photo editing program. 

And of course these are only suggestions, here are some more.


Word Prompts:


Creative
Fun
Playing
Adventurous



Feeling Words:


Frisky
Hopeful
Cheerful
Playful






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Morgan DragonwillowWriting rebel, stress relief explorer, recovering perfectionist, cooking as therapy, poet & author that (mostly) doesn't let her fears get in the way of her passion for writing and creating. She is team leader at @StoryDam, creatrix of #OctPoWriMo. She lives in Marietta, Ga. with her loving and patient partner, their dog that thinks she's a princess, and the cat that reminds her that she isn't.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Day 17 - Words, Words, Words!



In two of the art classes I'm taking this semester, we've had to make collages and include words cut from magazines. I have had so much fun just manipulating the cut out words and phrases to create odd combinations that I probably wouldn't have thought of any other way...


  • obsessively dream
  • polite echoes
  • triumphant cake
  • hot buttered jealousy
If you don't already collect words and phrases from magazines or newspapers, it can be a really fun way to use issues that you're finished with. Just keep a ziploc bag or a shoe box with your magazines and clip anything that catches your eye. Before long, you'll have a stash to play with anytime.

Now, if you don't want to collect clippings, no problem! You can always use a random word generator. Or maybe this one suits you better because it gives you a bit more control of the list. You can also use a magnetic poetry set (if you have one) or try out the online version!

The Prompt: Use one of the ideas from above (magazine clippings, random word generators, or magnetic poetry) and play with the arrangement and combinations of words until you have something that you love. Then you can either collage it and photograph it, type it directly into your blog, or do a screen capture (if you're using the magnetic poetry site, this would be neat!)

Things to keep in mind: Approach this activity like a child. Be open to unusual - even nonsensical - possibilities. And HAVE FUN!

As always, the prompts are completely optional!



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~ Amy McGrath is a poet, fiction writer, artist, and student of life. She is working toward a new career as a Creative Arts Therapist where she hopes to share with others the healing power of the creative process. You can read her poetry and see some of her art on her blog - Poetry, Prose, Art, and Creativity. When she's not writing or making art, you can find her reading, listening to a wide range of music (even singing karaoke sometimes), or spending time with her husband Patrick and her two sons.