Friday Freeforall: Prompt Your Weekend Away

14 Oct

9:09 — Atlanta

Hello everyone. Bring on the weekend and, in my case, my husband’s Fall Break and Disney World.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that begins: In the Beatles’ song “Let It Be,” Paul McCartney sings the title phrase 41 times. Clearly the prompt has to do with repetition…or does it? Head over to find out and, if nothing else, sit back and enjoy Paul singing the song.

Over at dVerse, you will find a discussion on imitation as a tool in writing. If I use another poet’s work as a starting point for mine, I employ a device known as copy-change, which uses the structure of the copied poem, a scaffolding of words and lines, but my words are the dominant words. It is not an exercise I am good at, but it works well for many people..

Poetic Bloomings prompt saysThis week, to do our part in this poetic economy, we are providing a “two-fer” – two prompts for the price of one. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt, and the poems by the hosts in response. Yes, that’s right, from his sickbed, in what I am sure is a contravention of doctor’s orders, Walt has his contribution.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are from a couple of contributors and Brenda’s family. Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle and be sure to go over to see what others have done.

Carry on Tuesday gives the opening few words from Joseph Heller’s Catch 22. To see the words and read an extract from the novel, visit the site. I notice that Keith has a whole new look over there.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: The Call. Not call, but the call. That can go in a whole lot of directions.  And One Single Impression offers river, another word that offers infinite possibilities.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides. Go for the laugh. It’s healthy.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week is to write a poem to do with Friends, relationships and everyone around.  And looking towards next week, they will focus on Longing, Loss, Losing and Failure.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week they have a painting that I covet. I would love to have it hanging on my wall. However, for poetic purposes, we have a couple of possibilities: a little sci-fi, a nursery tale, a metaphor…

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday is going mad for Marilyn Monroe and other Ms.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are admire, follow, and piece. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word.

We Write Poems gives us a term for finding a silver lining within the process of falling apart, their focus for this week’s prompt – apokatastasis, as an invocation in reference to good fortune hidden within apparent misfortune. Head over to read the rest of the prompt which asks us to refrain from sadness and try celebrating “the undoing”.

Poets United says: Here we hunger for poetry; writing it, reading it and sharing it.  Today you get to help us by feeding our starving minds with your words. Their prompt turns on the definitions of hunger. For the rest of the prompt and some photographs, visit.

Weekend Haiku & Limericks includes elk in their possible topics. How can you resist elk? What I like about this particular blog is that they focus us in an unusual way. Head over to see what I mean.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak  where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week gives us a chance to tell Elizabeth the topics we would like her to put up for discussion. If you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources.

Remember, I will be dark next week. I will think of you as Tuesday and Friday come and go [okay maybe a fleeting thought, but a thought]. I shall again make use of ViV’s brilliant suggestion: Put last week’s post up and people can go to the homepage for the latest prompts. I have pre-published today for next Friday as well. Don’t be confused when you think you have seen a prompt before. You have.

I shall see you the following Tuesday for a Disney based prompt; and the next Friday for an uptodate roundup.

Happy writing, everyone.

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