December Writing Prompt: Week of 12/24

Theme: Transformations

Exercise: Create an open form, or prose poem.

For this exercise, pick a favorite myth or fairytale. While focusing on metamorphosis, transformation and transmutation, creatively retell the tale as a poem.

Examples

Gretel in Darkness by Louise Glück

Transformations by Anne Sexton (collection)


This month’s writing theme is brought to you by:

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Amelie Florence

Originally from Boston, MA, and currently living in Long Beach, CA, Amelie holds a BA in creative writing with a minor in comparative world literature. She is the co-creator of Two Girl Book Party, an online monthly book club and will be launching her website, Fête Lit, soon!

She is a plant lady, dog mama, book polyamorist, and writer of poems and stories. Check her out on Instagram @florenceandthebookparty

December Writing Prompt: Week of 12/16

Theme: The Self. Personal Narratives. Bildungsroman. 

Exercise: Editing/ cutting down.

Start by writing a poem of 40 lines. In this first draft, don’t worry about perfection. This part of the exercise should be rather stream-of-consciousness.

Then in a second draft, cut that in half to 20 lines. For the third draft, cut that in half again to 10 lines. You'll have to "kill your babies" for this-- it isn’t supposed to be easy!

At the end, you’ll have 3 drafts culminating in a poem culled down to your strongest lines that are most evocative of the essence you wished to convey in the original, long poem. This forces you to see what is truly necessary to get to the crux of what you’re trying to say, and cut out the "fat."

If you have a partner to work on this together with, even better! Have them make the first cut for your second draft, and vice-versa. 


This month’s writing theme is brought to you by:

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Amelie Florence

Originally from Boston, MA, and currently living in Long Beach, CA, Amelie holds a BA in creative writing with a minor in comparative world literature. She is the co-creator of Two Girl Book Party, an online monthly book club and will be launching her website, Fête Lit, soon!

She is a plant lady, dog mama, book polyamorist, and writer of poems and stories. Check her out on Instagram @florenceandthebookparty

December Writing Prompt: Week of 12/10

Theme: Seeing. Observing the world around you. 

Go outside, or to a cafe, someplace where there are people and interesting things to see, someplace that inspires you to really look. Observe your surroundings, and in as much detail as possible, write it all down.

Take this writer’s notebook entry and turn it into poem.

Exercise: No poetry but in things— inspired by Imagist poets. Focus on using strong, descriptive nouns and verbs, and try to write a poem without (or very few) adjectives or adverbs. Strong nouns and verbs are inherently descriptive. Each line must begin and end with a concrete noun or verb.

To do this, you’ll also have to pay close attention to creative line breaks. Use these to build multiple meanings and double entendre into your lines. By building strong images, you’ll eliminate abstractions like “Truth” or “Beauty” or “Love”. For any abstract idea or theme that you’re trying to convey, think of an image that evokes it instead, and use that image to convey the essence of it.

Inspiration: “The apparition of these faces in the crowd;
Petals on a wet, black bough.”

Ezra Pound


This month’s writing theme is brought to you by:

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Amelie Florence

Originally from Boston, MA, and currently living in Long Beach, CA, Amelie holds a BA in creative writing with a minor in comparative world literature. She is the co-creator of Two Girl Book Party, an online monthly book club and will be launching her website, Fête Lit, soon!

She is a plant lady, dog mama, book polyamorist, and writer of poems and stories. Check her out on Instagram @florenceandthebookparty

December Writing Prompt: Week of 12/03

Theme: Finding the heart of a narrative.

Question: What moves you in stories?

Exercise: Find the jewel of meaning in a story, and condense it into poem. There is poetry to be found in everything. Everywhere you look, it’s there to be discovered.

Create a “found poem.” Take a favorite novel or story and choose specific lines or phrases which speak to the essence of the work for you. Then craft a poem out of them.

There are lots of ways to "do" found poetry, like blackout poems, but think of this method as a word collage. This gets ideas flowing without having to start from scratch. Don’t alter the punctuation or capitalization of your chosen lines, and put each snippet on a separate line. Get ready to become a “finder of poems”!

This month’s writing theme is brought to you by:

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Amelie Florence

Originally from Boston, MA, and currently living in Long Beach, CA, Amelie holds a BA in creative writing with a minor in comparative world literature. She is the co-creator of Two Girl Book Party, an online monthly book club and will be launching her website, Fête Lit, soon!

She is a plant lady, dog mama, book polyamorist, and writer of poems and stories. Check her out on Instagram @florenceandthebookparty