Wednesday, October 21, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 21

We are going through the senses and next up is taste. 


Photo by MDragonwillow 


Poetry Prompts: 

It's all about the taste. Can you remember the first time you tasted something sour? Sweet? Write for ten minutes about your favorite and least favorite flavors/meal/fruit/vegetable. Describe it as if we have never heard of it let alone tasted it. What is the texture, how does it feel on your tongue, is it subtle or does the flavor explode in your mouth? Yes, I'm a foodie, I love to cook and love to eat.

Word Prompts:

Delectable 
Tantalizing 
Explosive
Creamy
Bitter 
Sour

Poetry Type:

Free Verse - I know we've done this one before, but it felt like a good fit.

Or

Choose a more difficult one that you previously passed up.


Music and Dance:




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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 20

Yesterday was all about sight, sound, and scents, today we're going to explore touch.

Photo by MDragonwillow 

Poetry Prompts:

Write for ten minutes exploring touch and how things feel. 

Word Prompts:

Plush
Furry
Coarse
Soft
Hard
Cold

Poetry Type:


Or

Use one of your favorite forms.

Music and Dance:



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Monday, October 19, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 19

Do you feel a shift happening with your poetry since OctPoWriMo began? Are the words getting easier or harder to dance onto the page? Do you feel you're digging deeper?

Photo by MDragonwillow 

Poetry Prompts:

Todays prompts are about being in the present. Write for ten minutes about the sounds, sights, and scents around you. Dig deep and use words you don't regularly use.

Word Prompts:

Roar
Dripping
Rough
Smooth
Dark
Putrid
Sweet
Stale

Poetry Type:

Or

Music and Dance:




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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 18

Today I took time to rest and process feelings that were weighing heavy on me. Lately, the best way I know of processing my feelings is through painting. It is what works for me. 

I spent the afternoon and evening on this. I mostly used my fingers to paint and painted my hand and pressed down for the handprint. All of the hearts that I drew, reminded me that it always comes back to love and healing my heart. 

Art by MDragonwillow

Poetry Prompts:

How do you relax and process your feelings? Write for ten minutes about relaxing or processing your feelings. What does your favorite relaxing day look like? What would it look like to process your feelings?

Word Prompts:

Rejuvenate
Reboot
Breathe
Meditation
Process
Healing

Poetry Type: 


or 

Go back and look at poetry types you haven't tried and pick one.

Music and Dance:




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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 17

 Sometimes life throws a little magic into your day and you want to dance under the stars.

Photo by MDragonwillow 

Poetry Prompts:

Write for ten minutes about your wild rhythm. 

Word Prompts:

Blood
Bones 
Breath
Heart
Belly

Poetry Type:

ABC Poem where every sentence starts with the next letter in the alphabet beginning with the letter A.

Or

Your favorite poetry type so far.

Music and Dance:

Does anyone listen to the music? 



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Friday, October 16, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 16

Welcome to the halfway point of OctPoWriMo. If you have made it this far, congratulations! If you are struggling, hang in there, you can do it!

Photo by MDragonwillow and edited with Pxlr.

Poetry Prompts:

 When we were kids we were told to color the objects the colors they are supposed to be; sky is blue, grass is green and so on. This prompt is about turning things inside out and upside down. Painting the sky purple, the grass pink and everything else any darn color you want. Allow yourself to get creative, paint a scene with your words, turn the world inside out. Write for ten minutes describing what your world looks like if it were inside out and upside down. 

Word Prompts: 

Indigo
Tangerine
Vermilion
Midnight
Dusk

Poetry Type: 

or

Music and Dance:



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 15 - Change of perspective

 "Perhaps nothing is entirely true, not even this." ~ Multatuli

 

 
Art by A. van Son 
 
I remember reading this quote by Multatuli, a Dutch 19th century writer, for the first time and feeling like I was hit by lightning.
 
The prompt for today is change of perspective. We can get stuck in what we believe in, even though it might not be entirely true. Today's suggestion for the writing process is taken from my work as a coach. It might bring you unexpected views on a familiar subject. Or not. The idea that you HAVE to come up with something new is nothing more than a perspective...
 
Step 1 
Choose a subject that you find challenging in your life. It can be small (a daily detail) or big. Free write about that for at least 5 minutes. 
 
Step 2  
Make a list of things: 
  • Write down three stages of moving through life (for example baby, toddler, teenager). Consider using words from your mother tongue. 
  • List a book you’ve read, a film you’ve seen, a song you love.
  • Name three parts of your body that are not your head or your heart. 
Step 3  
Explore three things from your list further, through one of these suggestions:
  • free writing
  • writing 10 lines per subject
  • mind-mapping
Step 4 
Look at your chosen challenge through the lens of one or more of the explorations you did in step. This will bring new perspectives. Choose which perspective you want to write from.

An example:

1) Patience is a challenge I often face and fail

2) My list:

  • baby, peuter, puber
  • the goelag archipelago, ice age, moondance
  • left foot, elbow, earlobe

4) If I look through patience through the lens of puberty, I get really angry. I want it, I want it now, and I’m not going to waste my life waiting for things I will not get.

If I look at patience through the lens of my left foot it starts tapping, the tapping slowly turns into exploring movement and I end up dancing.

I’m bored with the first perspective, it feels too familiar. I’m curious about the perspective of the left foot, so I’ll let that inform my poem.

Step 5 

Choose a form:

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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.

 


Angela van Son has been an #OctPoWriMo participant since 2014. She is about to publish More than meets the I, an alloy of poetry and photography that brings beauty, depth and wonder. 

Angela's poems have been published in a number of online magazines, for example Cold Mountain Review, Auroras and Blossoms Poetry Journal, and Art Saves Lives International.  

As a coach Angela helps people change their life stories by getting things done, facing the rabbit holes of their choice and creating wonderful ever afters.

 


Wednesday, October 14, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 14

 


Sometimes truth is the hardest thing to face, especially when you take a moment to examine YOUR truth. What you see or believe may be very different from what that means to another person, but that's the beauty of it all. Your truth makes you unique. It can give you strength or challenge you to face situations or beliefs which may be painful or filled with sorrow. It can bring great joy or supreme satisfaction. 

Poetry Prompt

Take some time to think about your truth. Where do your thoughts lead? Are there particular images or memories this truth conjures? Was it something you felt the need to defend or was it that something that fortified you in times of need? Your truth is a part of your being. Introduce us to him/her.


Word Prompts

absolute                            bravado                           reckoning

freedom                            peace                               flexible

fortitude                            independent                    reason


Poetry Type

Villanelle

     or

Cascade


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



Michele Vecchitto is a writer and a former middle school teacher.  Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies as well as in four self-published volumes. Michele was invited to read her poems at the Austin International Poetry Festival and was honored to be included in When Time and Space Conspire.  In addition, she published a young adult fantasy novel, Tales from Blarnach: The Chosen One. She continues to hone her craft simply to breathe life into the stories living in the corners of her mind. Please visit her blog, Reading, Writing, and Reflections to see more of her work.



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 13 - Outside the Box

"Thinking outside the box' is ridiculous nonsense, since whatever you can do in a 'box' or closed environment is not 'thinking'."  Martinus Hendrikus Benders

“Boxes are for objects, not humans.” ― Abhijit Naskar

What kind of box holds you? Is it one of your own making, or did others trap you there? What will it take to break free? If you've already broken free, what helped you do so?

The boxes that hold us can be many things: work, gender, clothing, sexuality, family, religion, etc. Boxes can be so comfortable that coming out is terrifying and even painful sometimes. But the freedom is usually worth it.

Word Prompts:

Chains
Freedom
Breakthrough
Open mind
Flight

Suggested Poetry Type:

Pantoum

or

Oddquain

Dance and Movement:



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.

Esther Spurrill Jones has been writing since she was very young. She has written in many genres, but poetry is her first love. She has a few collections of poetry available on Kindle. Esther enjoys introducing people who have little or no experience to the joy of poetry. To this end, she has written several articles on Medium on how to write and enjoy poetry. Esther lives in the Frozen North (Saskatchewan, Canada) with the love of her life and four awesome terrible cats.

Monday, October 12, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day12

 Today's prompt is about having fun in the process. I believe that a lot of poets take writing poetry too seriously. Yes, it can be serious but I think it's important to remember to play. 





Photo by MDragonwillow 

Today I am having a hard time with play. My emotions won't seem to lighten up no matter what I do. I hung out at the lake, taking in nature which normally helps me, but not today. 

Poetry Prompts:

Write for ten minutes about how you liked to play when you were little. Did you enjoy coloring,  hopscotch, swinging on the swing set? See if you can tap into those playful feelings and pick one to do for a few minutes to remember what it was like to be a child at play.

Word Prompts:

Playful
Childlike 
Silly

Poetry Type:

Or


Music and Dance:

Okay, this song made me smile, laugh, and by the end I was singing and bebopping along to it. Go ahead, have a listen and see if it will have you feeling playful in no time. (Created on my phone and I could only get the link instead of the code)

Bare Necessities 


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Sunday, October 11, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 11

 When your Muse inspires you, do you trust and follow through? I think my Muse talks to me a lot more than I listen. There have been times, though, when inspiration has struck and I fell into the rabbit hole and created night and day until I begged my Muse to let me rest. 

This is my latest art journal spread that I completed on Thursday which is actually the first one I've done in months. I'm beginning to listen again. 

Art by MDragonwillow

Poetry Prompts:

Write a letter to your Muse asking the best way to hear them, work with them, and how to work in the creative stream. Continue writing until the answers flow onto the page.

Word Prompts:

Muse
Inspiration
In the flow
Creativity

Poetry Type:

Or

Music and Dance:



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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Saturday, October 10, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 10

 A year ago this weekend I fell and tore my meniscus. A lot of things changed for me because of it, some good but a lot not so good and I'm pretty positive I still have stuff to let go of around it.  

Photo by MDragonwillow


One good thing that came from it was time for me to dive into art journaling. This is the first spread in my art journal after the accident.

Art by MDragonwillow

Poetry Prompts:

Write for ten minutes, or more if necessary, about what you want/need to let go of, what still triggers upset when you think of it, what turns your stomach. If you have your own way of letting it go, do so when you are finished writing. If you don't, one way I like to let go is to burn the page (in a safe container or outside in a firepit - be safe) and visualize myself letting it go as the smoke drifts away. 

Word Prompts:

Letting go
forgiveness
victory
smoke

Poetry Type:

Or

Music and Dance:


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

Friday, October 9, 2020

OctPoWriMo Day 9

All too often, we approach creativity with our heads and our thoughts tend to complicate things. If we could shift from our head to our hearts, you may find your creativity flowing like a river and maybe with more of us coming from our hearts, the world might look a little brighter.

Art by MDragonwillow

Poetry Prompts:

Shifting from your head to your heart. Write for five minutes focusing on your head, your thoughts. Then write for five minutes focusing on your heart, your feelings. Did you notice a difference?  What does that look and feel like to shift from your head to your heart? Shift again and be silly with it, humor always lightens things up. Remember to keep your heart in your creativity and everything you do.

Word Prompts:

Thoughts
feelings
heartfelt
practical
whimsical

Poetry Type:

Or

Music and Dance:

Feel the fun they had playing this music, move your body, and let it help you move from your head space to your heart space.


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 and if this is your first year or if you have been with us from the beginning.



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. Please visit her Patreon page 
to discover more of her words, art, and prompts, including her uncensored self.

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