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30 Days of Prompts


This thread is going to be filled with 30 prompts over the next several weeks to help ensure that everyone has a huge range of things they can choose from for inspiration if they ever feel stuck. There will be 7 prompts for each week, meaning there is a total of 35 prompts that will be posted before the end.

Each week a new set of prompts will be posted with a variety of types. There will also be themed weeks with links to articles that can supplement your knowledge. Here is week one!

=SOUND, RHYTHM, RHYME & FLOW=



Sound, Rhythm, Rhyme, and Flow are the features about a poem that make it sound smooth and silky on the tongue when you read it either out loud or in your head. Here are some articles and prompts geared towards that.

Flow
How-To: Iambic Pentameter
Rhyme...all the time!

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Create a poem with 3 different alliterative sounds.

Alliterative sounds are things like alliteration, assonance and consonnce covered here: Kiss My Assonance - 5 ways to improve your poetry or Secret Treasures in Poetic Devices

Subject


Think of somewhere peaceful and picture the sounds, use those in a poem.

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Experimental


Write a poem using ONLY onomatopoeia

Structure


Write a sonnet

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=IMAGERY & WORD CHOICE=



Something pretty obvious that sometimes we forget is that we're using language to make these complex ideas and images come to life. No matter if it's Camp NaNo or NaPo for you right now, it's important to use your words effectively. The following prompts are geared towards word use, and imagery, providing you with challenges to test your boundaries and explore all of the possibilities.

Original Poetry
Imagery
Writing Fresh Prose and Poetry

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Write a poem without using adjectives

Subject


Write a poem about a noun, but don't use that noun in the poem or the title until the last line.

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Experimental


Write a shape poem!

Structure


Write a Cinquain

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Mon Apr 11, 2016 2:49 am
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=EMOTION=



This week is all about trying to make a poem scream, cry, and love for these prompts! Emotion in poetry is a huge part of how a poem is received and provides a great backdrop for people to connect with a writer. To really do this effectively, we need to make a connection.

Emotional Poetry
Navel-gazing
Cliches in Poetry

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Write a poem without using emotion words like "love" "hate" "enjoy" and instead, convey the emotion with poetic devices like metaphors.

Subject


Think about your best memory and pick one moment of it to capture in a poem.

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Go to your pantry.
Take out a spoon.
And peanut butter.
Dip the spoon in the peanut butter, and now close your eyes
Open your fridge. Pick out 10 food items. Create a poem out of a recipe of the random
assortment of items. Let one of them be peanut butter.


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Write a Limerick

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=STRUCTURE, LINES, & BREAKS=



Recently there's been a kick to get back on the structured poetry bandwagon, but structured poetry isn't the only structure poetry has. Poetry should be structured to have the language flow naturally, and also structured for natural line breaks, and stanza breaks. These strucutres in a poem can support it like a good bra. It's hidden in capitalization, punctuation, and meter of a poem as well as any formal structure a poem may have. The next several challenges all are focusing on structure, lines, stanzas, and breaks.

On Highly Structured Poems
Poetry and Punctuation
Capitalization in Poetry

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Create a poem and then re-distribute the line breaks after you're done.

Subject


Write a poem about something broken

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Origami poem! Write a poem using the same words in every stanza but a different order to create meaning.

Structure


Write a Palindrome

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=VOICE=



Finding your voice can be difficult to do in any writing. Whether it's a voice for a novel, or a poem, the process is a tedious choice of like and dislike. Voice changes over time, and while it may provide you with help for how to write for a little while, it might also cramp you into just writing a certain way. It's good to explore, so that's what these next prompts are here to help you do. This last week, really push to see if you can create an interesting voice for your last few poems.

Kiss My Assonance - 5 ways to improve your poetry
How to Write Good Poetry
Editing Your Baby


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Reread some of your recent poems, and define what you like about your poetry. Use that to rewrite one of your old poems.

Subject


Why do you write poetry?

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Experimental


Generate 5 random words and use them in your poem:
Random Word Generator


Structure


Write an acrostic poem using your username.

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