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.

 


37 comments:

  1. from my archive today :)
    https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/octpowrimo-day-15-keep-everything-in-perspective/

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  2. Day 15 -- "Thirst"
    https://thistlethoughts.com/2020/10/15/octpowrimo-day-15/

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    1. So beautiful! First the picture drew me in, then your words. The poem itself has waves, just like the experience of the first person. Great write!

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    2. Amazing ocean related imagery. And some beautiful heartbreaking lines.

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    3. Such beautiful poetry. Wonderfully written, Jennifer��

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    4. Loved the picture and the words doing complete justice...

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    5. Thanks all. Angela, I just got a better look at your artwork above & it's so good.

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  3. Day-15

    https://musingssurvive.blogspot.com/2020/10/drifting.html

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    1. Beautiful, and beautiful to have your art with it.

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    2. Thank you very much, Angela. Picked up the brush for the first time :)

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  4. Angela, beautiful artwork.
    https://paeansunpluggedblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/wings/

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    1. Thank you! It cmoes from an art lesson I enjoyed a lot. We had to cut up o photo in pieces, and then copy each piece using a different medium or technique.

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  5. A free Verse from me today
    https://serendipityofdreams.blogspot.com/2020/10/stepping-stones.html

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  6. Prose poetry
    https://colorsofthefall.blogspot.com/2020/10/tolerance.html?m=1

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  7. I recognised your art right away!
    I may not do the free writing for that long, but I like the change of perspective and may just try that. Maybe something I can use for something else too ;)

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  8. I totally fought my own prompt today :) You'll find the result here: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/no-perspective-needed/

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  9. Day 15#OctPoWriMO2020

    Theme for the Day : Change of Perspective

    Choosing the “ Free Verse” today to express my journey .

    https://amritapauls.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-silence-of-mountains.html

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  10. Changing perspective is my favorite way to ride the 2020 surf! Thanks for a great prompt. https://familymatters389367221.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/agent-of-love/

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    1. Very happy to hear you liked it! I'm looking forward to listening to yours on Soundcloud. First to get rid of some noisy kids in the room :)

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  11. https://rallentanda.blogspot.com/2020/10/octpowrimo-day-14.html

    DAY 15- Shadorma form.

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  12. Just getting up on the West Coast of the USA so my poem will be later. But, I had to stop in and say how much I love this prompt with the steps to get me to a new perspective. Thank you! xoA

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  13. day 15: Heaven
    When I was three I had no idea what a taco was
    As an eighteen year old I cooked lasagna
    made of a tower of crepes
    But had never seen guacamole
    In my forties a songwriter introduced me to breakfast burritos
    So I went to New York
    It was enormous, vegan, freshly made and delicious
    Three year old me would have approved

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    1. I lived in New Mexico from the ages of 4 - 10. I knew from early on what guacamole was and I loved it.
      I love anything enormous and delicious. Freshly made is nice, but it doesn't have to be vegan.

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    2. I love these different views of yourheavens. Three year old you is a wise one.

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  14. Could not with the prompt today, but I didn't want to skip a day. So I went with haiku: No Compassionate Release.

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    1. What a heartbreaking day for you. Well done for ignoring the prompt and writing for your heart.

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  15. Today's prose poem "And the work is never done" https://experiencewriting.com/2020/10/15/october-15-change-of-perspective-octpowrimo-writober-and-nanoprep/

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  16. https://soapboxbykay.com/2020/10/15/rescue-mission-octpowrimo-15/

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  17. Double diamond sparkling facets

    https://hittingthemark-jones.blogspot.com/2020/10/perspectives-of-community.html

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  18. A Diamante for Day 15:
    https://letsreadourwords.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/a-change-of-perspective/

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  19. Day 15 - "Shoe Love is True Love" Free verse

    https://heyannis.wordpress.com/2020/10/15/shoe-love-is-true-love/

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  20. Here's mine: https://arhtisticlicense.com/2020/10/15/octpowrimo-day-15-2/.

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  21. I wrote from a different perspective, even though I didn't follow the prompt... https://www.instagram.com/p/CGcOwL8DMYb/

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