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Prompt Central Thread


Welcome to the Prompt Central! Just like we did in previous years, we will have a variety of types of prompts for you to pick from and if you have anything you would like to add, feel free! If none of these tickle your fancy, you can also check out all of the wonderful Inspo for NaPo threads which will have their own links in this thread as well.

Without further ado, here's an index to help you jump to the type of prompts you love.

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Other Prompt Centrals


Some websites craft together a complete list of 30 prompts just for NaPo! You could try to go through the whole list or pick and choose what looks interesting for you.

The Prompts

Use a Prompt from this list of 30 writing prompts by Kelli Russell Agodon : 30 Poetry Prompts
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Try your hand at a Prompt from this 30-day Writing Challenge by Scribendi: 30-Day Writing Challenges
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Try a Prompt from this 30 Days of Writing List by Thought Catalogue: 30 Days of Writing Prompts
  





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Specific Poem Challenges


Write a poem without nouns that is at least 12 lines long.
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Write a poem without verbs that is at least 12 lines long.
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Make 7 sets of rhyming words, then use those as your end words to make a sonnet. (Sonnet form is set in the rhyme scheme abab, cdcd,efef, gg with iambic pentameter) Here is Lumi's article on Iambic Pentameter if you need additional help figuring out that aspect of it.
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Follow this poem prompt progression:
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1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: "The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . ."
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in "real life."
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that "echoes" an image from earlier in the poem.
This exercise was devised by Jim Simmerman, who used this exercise to also write a poem which you can look up if you'd like.

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Participate in the "Poem Prompt" Poetry Thread, responding to a prompt from the thread. Poetry Prompt Attack
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Grab an old poem and rewrite it
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Look for the first word you see around you that is not on the computer screen. Write a poem using that word in it.
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Write an Abecedarian
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Write a Terza Rima
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Write a poem that rhymes abab cbcb dcdc ...
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Write a Nonet
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Find notes from school and use them to write a poem.
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Write a Kyrielle
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Close your eyes and think of the last thing that made you really angry, write about that!
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Write a Sestina
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Talk to a friend about something that's troubling you recently and then break it into a poem.
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Write a poem that uses refrains
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Write a Quatern
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Go get a book and write a Found Poem from the first chapter
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What was your last dream? Write it into a poem.
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What was the last thing you did which embarrassed you? Write that as a poem.


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Theme Prompts

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Find someone in your life that you find interesting, love, hate, or know nothing about, and try to write their point of view on you.

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If you were the most powerful person on earth, what would you do?

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If you only had 5 units of love you could give, who would you save it for?

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Use metaphor to explore the differences of two ideas such as "love and war" or "empathy and sympathy"

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What was the message of the last thing you watched? Use that as a theme for your next poem.

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Dogs. Your theme is dogs.

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Use animals who take on meaning such as owls, foxes, dogs, eagles, snakes, etc. as a theme.


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Quote Prompts

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Songs for Inspiration

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A Gallant Gentlemen - We Lost The Sea

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You Were Cool - The Mountain Goats

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Roger Miller - England Swings

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Lindsey Sterling - the arena

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Shawn Mendes - Stitches

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Jeanne C Riley - Harper Valley PTA

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The Story of My Life - Astronautalis

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Marianas Trench - Rhythm of Your Heart

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SOJA - Everything Changes

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Amadeus Electric Quartet - Earth Song


  





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Random Generators

Here are some links you can check out to generate some inspiration. These are the types of things you can look through now to start getting ideas, or come back to later when you feel stuck.

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Poetry Soup Forum
Along with a host of other tools, this resource has a Famous Quotations list and a "Poem of the Day" that can be used to generate inspiration.

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Random Quotation Generator
This link has limitless random quotation for your reading pleasure.

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Random Image Generator
There are plenty of random image generators on the internet, this one's nice because the site says all the images are suitable for all ages.

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Random Song Generator
Want a random song, but don't want to wait until YouTube finally gives you something that you haven't heard already? This website will recommend songs from a variety of genres.

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Poetic Line Generator
And of course, we must include YWS's own Poetic Line Generator. Try clicking through here and see if you run across a gem.

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Random KittenGenerator
You can always use a cute picture to help you generate an idea too! Try to write a poem about whatever picture comes up.

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Random Cat
Here's another picture generator for cats. Try to write a poem about whatever picture comes up.

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Random Doggie Generator
Here's one for dogs! Try to write a poem about whatever picture comes up.

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Random Animal Generator
Here's one for any animal! Try to write a poem using whatever animal it picks. For an added challenge get a few of them and write them all into one poem.

  





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The Inspo for NaPo Journals


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