Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 17: And the Dragon Chose...



We can't forget the magic of writing or the magic within writing. We don't always have to write about our lives in poetry form. We can write magical stories.

This is a Dr. Seuss challenge. His book "Green Eggs and Ham" was written on a dare - could he write a story using only 50 words? Bennett Cerf, the co-founder of Random House, offered him $50 if he could do it. Read about the dare HERE.

The Prompt


Here's my challenge to you: Choose 50 words. Write a poem using only those words, repeating and rhyming as you see fit. You can use the words as many times as you like, but limit yourself to just the 50 words.

If you're unfamiliar with the story (or just want to enjoy the story again), here's an animated version for your enjoyment -



Word Prompts

And the dragon chose
fairy tale
fantasy
minimalism
fiction


Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Discover what else she's up to on her website, Wild Woman Writer.
Yes, she is on Google+ too!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Day 16 - Losing Your Fears and Tears



What scares you? What are you really afraid of? The above quote resonates deeply for me. Over the years as I have explored my own fears, I have come to understand a great deal about myself.

For instance, I've always had a fear of failure and of being inadequate. As an adoptee, I always felt I had something to prove. Even though my adoptive parents have always been loving and supportive, my twisted psyche was afraid of not being enough, of not measuring up to some arbitrary standard. If you had asked me even 10 years ago about this, I couldn't have told you why.

Everything changed for me when I attended a week-long writing seminar in 2010 that literally broke me open. I had dabbled in journal writing before that, but the intensive and nurturing atmosphere at that workshop dug into my fears and my tears so deep that in less than a year, I was hospitalized until my mental health could be stabilized.

Now I get it. I can name my fears and we have become something akin to friends. When they show up these days, I know how to deal with them in healthy ways, through painting and writing. I also have a standing appointment with a therapist who gets me. I still feel afraid sometimes, but the fear no longer controls me. Instead, it fuels me as it pushes me out of my comfort zone.


The Prompt

Make a list of your fears, however large or small they may be. Then pick one fear to work with. Write out a conversation with the fear. Ask it questions and record whatever "responses" pop into your mind. Trust your intuition on this and see where it takes you. I have no doubt there will be lots of poems from the things that come up!

Acronyms to Consider

Forget Everything And Run
False Evidence Appearing Real
Face Everything And Rise

Images and Quotes







Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.  

We've made it to the halfway point! Thank you for being here with us!

I wish you words,
Amy McGrath

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Day 15: Fighting the Urge to Vomit

Today's prompt sits uncomfortably in my throat. One of my least favorite feelings in this world is this one. If I'm fighting back the urge to vomit, then something in my world is skewed. The dinner didn't set well. The presentation went horribly. Someone has passed on a virus that I now have to fight off. The news was too awful and too real. The baby apparently hates it when I eat broccoli now.



Generally speaking, there's a trigger for that urge to vomit. Today I challenge you to key into one of those triggers and describe that scenario that preludes fighting back the sick. It's not always a negative that makes us feel this way. Take it where you want it to go and tell us a story.

The suggested type of poem for this prompt is a narrative or storytelling poem. This poem has one main character, a beginning, middle, and an end. You can use devices like rhyme and repetition to tell the story (or not, it's entirely up to you). There's no set structure for modern narrative poems. Use your senses and help us to explore your story. You don't have to take a lot of time to set up the story, you can dive right in. And there's no definitive length for the narrative poem. It can be as long or as short as you want.

Happy writing!

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.  



Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 14 - Movement and Words




Today's theme plays out daily on my arm. Too many stationary moments at my computer, and my exercise tracker buzzes and vibrates. Words appear on the screen on my wrist “Time for steps!” or “Let’s move!” or the guilt-inducing “Only 10 minutes left…” (I’m usually up before the rest of the admonition scrolls by.) Sure, I can turn off these friendly notifications if I choose. But, the truth is, I need the reminders. It’s too easy for me to become immersed and forget to move.

Two dictionary definitions of “movement” are:
 1.   1. an act of changing physical location or position or of having this changed. "a slight movement of the upper body"


2.   
a group of people working together to advance their shared political, social, or artistic ideas.

Words can be catalysts for movement or some kind of shift. Once words literally got me up off the couch and out for a walk.

Movement is often a forerunner to words or thoughts. Big decisions are sometimes made after movement, or moving, or being involved in a movement of some kind.

And, some words have the ability to make us plant ourselves and refuse to move.

When did words affect your movement? Or stop you in your tracks? What words surfaced when (or after) you experienced movement?


Word Bank Prompt:
Stir                        Console                          Encourage             Incite
Protect                  Remind                           Remember            Ignite
Create                   Swirl                               Cajole                  Resist          



         
 Visual Prompt:



Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.  

Both photos today from the Internet.






Friday, October 13, 2017

Day 13 - Art in the Wayward Mind






As artists (yes, my friend, poets are artists), as creative beings, we have a reputation for being a wayward bunch. We see the world in so many unique and unusual ways. The "normal" people often think we are odd, quirky, troubled, even bizarre. But I'm here to tell you, we make the world a better, a more beautiful place.

For today's challenge, I'm going to share with you a few images from artists who inspire me. Each one is linked to either a video or a website with a bit about the artwork. Feel free to use one of my inspirations to feed your poetic muse today or share one of your own.
Remembering, 2009
Ai Weiwei
The Mirror, 2016
Choreography by Travis Wall

Propped, 1992
Jenny Saville


Les Twins, 2017
NBCs's World of Dance Divisional Finals

Brave Intuitive Painting, 2014
Flora Bowley

Bouquet of Eyes, 1930
Hannah Hoch


Alternate prompt: The mental health of highly creative people is often questioned. Write about mental health or mental illness.

Word Prompts

Art
Artist
Dancer
Collage
Painting
Sculpture

Quote Prompt


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 

Have fun playing with your artistic muse!

I wish you words, 
Amy McGrath

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 12: Imagination Stands in the Road

Our imagination is a powerful thing, it's what fuels us as children and hopefully continues to fuel us as adults. As I'm writing this, I have the Disney-Pixar movie "Inside Out" playing in the background. If you haven't seen it, it's a fun watch with some important life lessons that anyone can gather from it. 
One of the supporting characters is Bing Bong, the main character Riley's imaginary friend who she might have forgotten. He's mostly cotton candy, part cat, part elephant, and part dolphin as he describes himself. They went on adventures on their imaginary rocket, usually trips to the moon!
 Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid? Do you have one now? What about your kids if you have them? What are some adventures you went on? 
On a sadder note, when did you stop playing with your imaginary friend? What was the moment where you grew past that? 
For those prompt lovers that commented nice things about my prompts last time, I have another for you! You'll either love me or hate me for it. Let's go around the world to France, for a 39 line poem called the sestina
Today I challenge you to try your hand at a sestina. Back in college when I was getting my poetry degree, I had to write several of these and hated most of those minutes. However, once I found my beat, I really found it and that was a pretty awesome feeling. 
A sestina is 39 lines, 6 stanzas with 6 lines each plus a tag. 
First, start with 6 words of your choice. Make sure you like them because you'll be using them over and over again. Take those words and rotate them at the ends of your stanzas. They rotate in a round with the last word of the last line being the last word of the first line in the next stanza.  Your lines can be any length, though it just looks nicer if they're quite regular. 

Example of how that will look with the words imagine(A), joy(B), coffee(C), clouds(D), rocket(E), music(F)
Stanza 1
Line 1-imagine (A)
Line 2-joy (B)
Line 3-coffee (C)
Line 4-clouds (D)
Line 5-rocket (E)
Line 6-music (F)
Stanza 2
Line 7-music(F)
Line 8-Imagine(A)
Line 9-rocket(E)
Line 10-joy(B)
Line 11-clouds (D)
Line 12-coffee(C)
Stanza 3
Line 13-coffee(C)
Line 14-music (F)
Line 15-clouds (D)
Line 16-imagine (A)
Line 17-joy (B)
Line 18-rocket(E)
Stanza 4
Line 19-rocket (E)
Line 20-coffee (C)
Line 21-joy (B)
Line 22-music (F)
Line 23-imagine (A)
Line 24-clouds (D)
Stanza 5
Line 25-clouds (D)
Line 26-rocket (E)
Line 27-imagine (A)
Line 28-coffee (C)
Line 29-music (F)
Line 30-joy (B)
Stanza 6
Line 31-joy(B)
Line 32-clouds(D)
Line 33-music (F)
Line 34-rocket(E)
Line 35-coffee (C)
Line 36-imagine (A)
Stanza 7
Line 37-imagine(A), joy (B)
Line 38-coffee (C), clouds (D)
Line 39-rocket (E), music (F)
There is a modification for an envoi for Stanza 7 
Line 37- imagine (A), joy (B), coffee (C)
Line 38- clouds (D), rocket (E), music (F) 

1. ABCDEF
2. FAEBDC
3. CFDABE
4. ECBFAD
5. DEACFB
6. BDFECA
7. (envoi) ECA or ACE or AB, CD, EF 


Do you love or hate me now? 

For those that hate me, maybe I can redeem myself with more normal prompts: 

Imagine yourself on a mountain: 



Word prompts: 
Joy, clouds, music, rocket, coffee, imagine. 


Cheers and sunshine, 
-Beverly Tan

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Poetry Prompt - Move Your Body, Move Your Words

Anyone who knows me knows I use dance to help me write. Dancing helps me shake things up, move  and transform old and stuck energy, and set intentions for my Dance helps me to connect to my muse, to my soul and to the Divine.

Motion, within the dance, helps me transform my energy so I can connect to my muse, my soul, my higher power. It is a team that comes to the page and motion and transformation is what helps me bring them all together so the words flow like rain falls to the earth, effortlessly, and gravity pulls it down, the words don't have a choice.

How has motion transformed my life? Some of the best writing I've ever done was after dancing with intention before writing and even taking breaks to dance between the writing. The transformation comes because as you move all the stuck energy in your body, your connection to your muse, to your higher self that helps to inspire you, gets stronger and stronger. The more you write, the more you understand yourself, others, and life. It transforms you on multiple levels. The better your words flow, the better you understand everything, the more you and your writing transform.

I'm taking a muse facilitator class and they are asking us to think about what we will call ourselves when the class comes to a close. The facilitator gave a couple of examples like, often late muse, crafty muse, etc.

I used to call myself the dancing muse, because I use dance and motion to connect and to help others to connect and channel their words to the page. It is what I do. I think I thought it was presumptuous of me to call myself a muse even though what I do is to inspire people to write and create. That is exactly what a muse does so, I need to claim myself as a muse just as I've claimed myself as a writer and a poet. We'll see if that means I claim myself as the dancing muse or if something else comes up before the end of our class.

On to the prompts!

Poetry Prompts:

Take a moment, write down a few words that you want to focus on while you dance. Put on some fun music and move your body with the intention of shaking out stuck energy, moving your body to get your words moving. Then sit and write for ten minutes about how you feel using a few of those words you wrote down before you danced.

Word Prompts:

change your mind
lift your spirits
dancing with your muse


Image prompt:

Dancing with your Muse
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures

Alternative Prompt:

Get out your poetry magnets and play with your words until you begin to see a poem starting to form. Or, if you don't have magnets, create found poetry with an old newspaper or take a photo of the page in a book you want to play with and use a photo editor to black all the words you don't want to use leaving your poem.


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you. 





Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. Discover what else she's up to on her website, Wild Woman Writer.
Yes, she is on Google+ too!



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Day 10 - Power and Control

Photo by Judy McDole, © 2005

Power is a five-letter word that often gets a bad rap. That’s because people usually think of it in only one way: power = oppression, or “power over.” 

American psychiatrist William Glasser, in Choice Theory, teaches there are two other ways to express power:  “power with” and “power within.”  The word that nestles right up to “power” is “control”. They go hand-in-hand.

Try out mind mapping, making a graphic, non-linear representation, to expand your ideas for your poem about power and control.



Mind mapping is a powerful tool for unleashing and developing creativity and also for note taking. Read more about mind mapping in Melanie Pinola’s definitive post at Lifehaker.



Word Bank Prompt

The powers that be                                    
We’ve got the power
Girl Power
Power to the People
The powers vested in me
The power of the pen                                   

Empower

Powerless
Power outage

Control yourself
Out of control
Get ahold of yourself
Take control
Relinquish control
Beyond control
Control your emotions


Quote Prompt

Photo by Annis Cassells, 2010
Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.




 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Poetry Prompts - Tapping into Your Creative Mind

Poetry prompts for the creative mind.
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures


It seems there has been a miscommunication somewhere and I've just discovered that there isn't a poetry prompt for all of you poets to play with today. No worries, I'm here to the rescue.

I am not a smoker, though I was in my younger years. I am not endorsing or encouraging smoking of any kind. When I wrote the list of prompts, this one popped up and it seemed like it could trigger memories of someone from your past that smoked or smokes and the story happening around that person and yourself. So here goes.

Prompts:

Write for ten minutes around, tapping the ash of her cigarette, what memory or story pops into your mind? Allow yourself to get creative, it doesn't have to be from or about someone you know.

Image Prompt:

Poetry Prompts for the creative mind.
Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures


Word Prompts:

mystery
intrique
smoke
ashes


Possible poetry type: Time to play with your words forward and backwards, let's try a palindrome.

Alternative Prompt:

Pull a book off of your shelf and randomly open it up to any page. The first word or sentence you land one, write from there.


Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.


Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. If you are interested in collaborating with your soul to get your words on the page, check out, Wild Woman Writing Retreat.
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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Day 8: What Do You Know and How do You Know it? #OctPoWriMo

“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ― Joan Didion
As writers we explore our world through our words, whether it is poetry, memoir, or a novel. The above quote really says it for me, I don't know what I'm thinking unless I write it down, but for me it is more about feeling. In fact, when I went to look for this quote I couldn't find it because I was sure it was, "I don't know what I'm feeling unless I write it down." and it took quite a while, and playing with the phrasing, before I found Joan's quotes. She actually says, "I don't know what I think until I write it down."

Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures


I have a client that was experimenting with poetry. She asked me why I write poetry. Basically she wanted to know what it was all for, writing, where does it lead? After every answer I gave her she said, "And then?" It wasn't until I said that I wouldn't know how I felt unless I wrote it down, she finally stopped.

When I think of this prompt, How could I know, I think of writing and where it leads me. How could I know anything unless I wrote about it? But I'm a writer. It makes me wonder how people who aren't writers, how they figure things out. Is it all in their minds, talking it out with a friend or colleague?

Poetry Prompts:

Free write for ten minutes asking yourself, How could I know... When you are finished, see if you can find a thread to pull into a poem.

Word Prompts:

discover
diving deep
exploration
adventure
uncover

Possible poetry form: I have a special affinity for this poetry type, Joseph's Star, I created one of my favorite poems - Grandpa Joe - with it. I'm feeling rather nostalgic today and remembering my grandfather a lot lately. I'd like to dedicate this prompt to him. 

Photo Prompt:

Photo courtesy of PublicDomainPictures

Alternative Prompt:

Another thing I do when I'm trying to figure things out, I pull a card from either one of my tarot or oracle decks. If you have tarot and/or oracle cards, pull a card and write the first thing that pops in your head as you look at the card. If you don't have any tarot or oracle cards and would like to try this, they have free tarot and oracle apps you can play with. My two favorites, Ask Angels Oracle cards app and the Sacred Rebels Oracle app. (although the second one isn't free but it's only $6.99 to $7.99). 

Remember, our prompts are only suggestions, you can find your inspiration wherever your muse leads you. Please visit the other participants, share the hashtag, #OctPoWriMo, on social media, and share your link in the comments below. Let us know how this journey into poetry is going for you.


Morgan Dragonwillow, author of Wild Woman Waking & Dancing within Shadow, is a Bodywork transformer, dancing poet, motivator of words, magical instigator and creatrix of #OctPoWriMo & #PoetsonthePage. If you are interested in collaborating with your soul to get your words on the page, check out my website, Wild Woman Mysteries.
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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Day 7: And Then I Went Too Far

We are already at the end of week 1 of OctPoWriMo 2017! Glad you're still here. If you're here for the first time, just jump right in and know that all prompts are optional. Keep the wonderful responses coming!


We've all done it, haven't we? Said or done something that was just too much, crossing some line (intentionally or not). For today's prompt, perhaps it's a confessional - a chance to tell about a time that you went too far. Perhaps you were witness to someone else "crossing the line". Maybe this poem will be a work of complete fiction about a character from your imagination violating a code of conduct or ethics. I can't WAIT to read what you come up with for this one!

Happy writing!
Amy McGrath

Word Prompts

and then I went too far
crossed the line
offended/disappointed
boundaries
confessional


Friday, October 6, 2017

Day 6- While I was pacing the floor

Aloha and welcome to Day 5! I'm Tamara and I'm giving you the next prompt. I hope you've been enjoying your OctPoWriMo so far. Let's keep this thing going!

Tamara Woods
Today's topic: while I was pacing the floor. 

I don't often pace. I'm more of a tapper or a leg shaker when I have excess energy. I'll pace for a moment and then quickly start washing dishes or cleaning something. Just something to try to focus my mind and my body. The apartment never seems big enough for pacing. 

When I saw this prompt, I thought about trying to lose a problem, but never getting rid of it. It's dogging my steps. Sticking to me like a shadow.  

Try brainstorming when was the last time you paced. Did you pace alone? What was the trigger? Is it nervous energy? Is it trying to physically emulate what's happening inside? While you're pacing, are you thinking, or are you just concentrating on moving? Was there something that was dogging your steps? 

Word prompts:

shadows walk with me
keeping the pace
between then and now
moving to breathe
pacing happy thoughts 


Image Inspiration: 
Morguefile.com
I can't wait to see what you come up with!





Tamara Woods was raised (fairly happily) in West Virginia, where she began writing poetry at the age of 12. She published her first poetry collection, The Shaping of an “Angry” Black Woman in 2014 and is working on her first fiction novel due out in winter 2016. She is the Editor of The Reverie Journal, a poetry publication. She also moderates #writestuff a weekly writing Twitter chat. You can find her on Twitter here. She works as a full-time freelance writer and doesn’t post nearly enough her blog PenPaperPad. She creates videos about books and writing on her YouTube channel. She is a hillbilly hermit in Honolulu living with her Mathemagician.







Thursday, October 5, 2017

Day 5 - Finally I Understand

Photo by Judy McDole ©2017

Childhood holds wonder and mystery. We want to know the why and how and what about everything. As children trying to grow up and make sense of the world around us, adults often told us we’d understand, someday. When…

  • ·         we were older
  • ·         we became parents
  • ·         we had some experience under our belts
  • ·         we’d loved and lost
  • ·         we learned a thing or two
  • ·         we had to pay the bills


Brainstorm a list of the things you now understand that maybe you didn’t quite comprehend as a young person.

OR

Brainstorm a list of things you have come to understand through lessons learned or encounters as an adult. Many of us benefit from “teachable moments” (or years) where we make mistakes and then change course.

Choose one understanding--or several--and write your poem.

Word Bank Prompt
“Oh-h-h. Now I get it.”
“Aha.”
“I see.”
“But of course.”
“It’s true!”
Delight
Discover
Epiphany
Grow
Learn
Mature
Satisfaction
Triumph
Transform
Vision


Visual Prompt
Photo by Judy McDole ©2017

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