Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: April 10

Posting the prompts early this week; got an early start tomorrow so I’m hoping to hit the sack before midnight for a change.

Theme: The air we breathe

Words:
overcome
chimera
canopy

NaPoWriMo partcipants: feel free to post links to your daily poems in any of our April posts, whether they follow the prompts or not.

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

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Impossible Poetry Words

…And other ridiculous challenges for bored writers.

I’ve been collecting random words from friends as part of an ongoing poetry challenge (for  NaPoWriMo over at ReadWritePoem).  The goal was to get at least 50, and I’m up to 144 so far.

Naturally (what with my friends being the kind of over-educated, overly-imaginative geeks that they are), some of the words I’ve been sent are pretty hard to imagine appearing in a line of verse.  So I’ve started up a challenge on one of the writing boards, to take three impossible words and weave them into a short poem, or bit of flash fiction (a minimum of two lines or the equivalent of one sentence, and not longer than 5-6 lines, or a few sentences tops for a story).  Anyone who manages to wrangle the words into something creative gets to pick the words for the next person.

Here was the first (rather horrific) attempt, based on three of the words my friends sent me:
  Aristotelian, flugelhorn, soporific

  With inevitable Aristotelian logic
  that each of the four worldly elements
  will eagerly seek each other’s company
  the flugelhorns,  tubas, French horns and  trombones
  have gathered together to form a soporific symphony
  the audience snores in harmony – oh, if only they were in tune!

(The Vogons would be proud, they would.)

If you’re feeling a strong urge to procrastinate, and you want to spread the evil virus around, here are some more impossible words that my (so-called) friends sent me, to get you rolling:

artichoke, fez, zygomatic, replicator, cholesterol, fatuous, regulator, sorghum, undercarriage

(..and those are but a few..)

Sign up for poem-a-day at poets.org

Find a new poem in your inbox every day for the month of April.  A great way to celebrate National Poetry Month.  If you haven’t already signed up, you can do so here:

http://www.poets.org/poemADay.php

On a random note, ReadWritePoem had a great idea to collect 50 random words from other people to help jump start your creativity. I decided to poll my friends for however many random words they could think of on the spot (via email). At this rate, I’m pretty sure I’ll end up with more than 50 – and it’s already inspired one poem for today!

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt April 3

Theme: Insomnia

Words:
basement
play
phosphorescent

NaPoWriMo participants can feel free to post links to their poems here, whether they relate to the prompts or not. Prose and other forms of creative writing are also welcome, regardless of the source of inspiration.

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Happy (Inter)National Poetry Month!

What better time of year than spring, to kick off a month-long celebration of poetry around the world? You can find out more about National Poetry Month over at poets.org. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also join the other National Poetry WRITING Month (NaPoWriMo) participants who have committed to writing a poem a day for 30 days. More info (including daily prompts for inspiriation) can be found over at Read Write Poem.

We’ll be starting up the regular weekly writing prompts again this Thursday, in case you need that little extra nudge of inspiriation.

If you’re part of NaPoWriMo this year, feel free to post links to your daily poems in the comments section of any of our April posts. I’ll be participating in NaPoWriMo over on the Mimosa Effect. Happy poeming, all!

Saturday Scribes Writing Prompt: March 13

Theme: Awakening

Words:
bourgeoning
sprig
buoyancy
pockets

This will be the last post for March, after which Saturday Scribes will be on hiatus until April. Some pretty heavy duty real life stuff is taking priority at the moment, but I hope to be back in full form on April 1st for the launch of both National Poetry Month and Script Frenzy. In the meantime, here’s to a goodly portion of that inevitable spring madness getting chanelled into our writing, with suprising and, hopefully, inspiring results!

As usual, remember comments are semi-moderated, so don’t worry if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Newcomers can learn more about Saturday Scribes here (including how to do a permalink to your post) and read the prompt guidelines here.

Get Your Write On

Just a few of the worthy writing challenges & events coming up in March-April:

National Novel EDITING Month (March) – Have a finished novel that needs polishing?  Having trouble motivating yourself to edit your finished stories? This is the site for you.  Even if you have no amibitions to get published, the editing process can teach you a lot about your own writing foibles, and about writing in general.  And it can be a lot more fun than you might think, especially if you have a supportive community to spur you on.

National Poetry Month (April) – An initiative led by The Academy of American Poets, and supported by numerous other poetry sites around the net. It was started to as a way to “highlight the legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets… and to introduce more Americans to the pleasures of reading poetry”, however it has since expanded to embrace poetry from all around the world. One popular way for poets to celebrate National Poetry Month and give themselves an added challenge, is to write one poem per day for the month of April.

Script Frenzy (April) – Write a 100-page script in 30 days!  Now includes screenplays, stage plays, teleplays, and even scripts for graphic novels and comic books.  SF rule #5: “You must, at some point, have ridiculous amounts of fun.”