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A discussion to stoke your writing fire.
Posted: 9/4/2008 12:27 PM PDT
There's lots of projects on webook that want participation from all of us. Find one of those, read a few that others have written and then put your hands on the keyboard and write the first thing that pops into your head. This will at least get you warmed up and maybe unlock the door for you.
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Posted: 9/3/2008 11:55 AM PDT
Go to the post office or the DMV -- anywhere where you'll have to stand in line for a while. Take a notebook, and write down what you imagine everyone is carrying in their pockets. Then pick one or two of the most interesting people and write a story in which the objects in their pockets play some role.
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Posted: 9/2/2008 6:28 AM PDT
Go onto a newspaper website, choose the fourth story in the headlines and come up with a personal aspect that has that event as the backdrop. Or a story that has a similar event occur that is the main plot. It works for me when I get stuck. xxx
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Posted: 7/10/2008 12:36 PM PDT
TWENTY LITTLE POETRY PROJECTS Jim Simmerman 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.
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Posted: 7/8/2008 9:55 AM PDT
i cant think of an idea to write about. Some one please help!
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