Poetry Prompt[s] in Case You Aren’t Doing PAD or NaNoWriMo — Friday Freeforall

11 Nov

8:02 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello everyone. I know. You are saying to yourselves: Is anyone not doing Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem a Day? Or, NaNoWriMo? And if everyone is writing every day, how can they even look at another prompt? Here is my suggestion. Check out the prompts and make brief notes of each, so that as Robert’s prompts come around you can see if any of the prompts work together. Remember that Robert’s ideas do not have to be done on the day they are given. If an idea doesn’t work one day write something else, even if it’s off-topic. Make a note that it is off-topic, so that when you put together a chapbook to submit you can ignore the ones you wrote to write. As for you novelists…keep writing.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck [I have been assured that while I can’t start with the tow truck there will be a different incarnation] and a prompt that challenges us to take something familiar [names of drinks] and use it out of context. Head over to the Tow Truck to read what Donna wants us to try. You will be surprised at the poems this kind of exercise produces.

Over at dVerse, the prompt says in part: For today’s prompt, let’s grab our paints and mix up a poetic palette using color. The post offers us both thorough definitions of aspects of colour and several options for writing. Visit to read the rest of the exercise.

Poetic Bloomings prompt made me laugh. Talk about synchronicity. Go see why.

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are from a random generator. I can’t believe it is already the 29th week Bren has brought us this wonderful way to spark poems.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 us the first line of one of Nicole Edward’s poems. To read the line and to read more of her poetry, head on over.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt focuses on the word omen. And One Single Impression gives us birdie, which has diverse definitions to play with.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. I smile as soon as I see the site as next on my list. 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 Feathers,  Fidelity, Figment, and  Fables.  And looking towards next week, they will focus on Childhood, Dreams, Books, and Role Models. I sense prose poems.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. Having spent the last few weeks increasingly buried in family genealogy, I was intrigued by this week’s photograph, especially as the name on the tombstone is one of my lines. Wonder who and where it is?

For you alliterationists out there,  ABC Wednesday wants us to Cue Q to centre stage.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are drank, hitch, and muster. 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 starts, It’s late, it’s dark, the forest is deep and we’ve lost our way! How do we find our poem way home? Makes me think of a fairy tale. This week’s prompt is care of Pamela Sayers. Head over to read the rest.

Over at Poets United we are given What does winter make you think about?. I love the photographs that accompany the prompt, so even if you have no time to write [surely one of Robert’s prompts works with winter], go see the photos.

Weekend Haiku & Limericks includes commuter dogs in their possible topics. Check it out. 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 talk about the synchronicity we have run into with regard to writing. Many of us have mentioned often the synchronicity that visits both our writing and our lives. Here is a chance to talk with others about it. 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.

I shall see you Tuesday for another prompt that will be easy on your brains, I hope; and Friday for the roundup.

Happy writing, everyone. Remember: you can always revise.


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6 responses to “Poetry Prompt[s] in Case You Aren’t Doing PAD or NaNoWriMo — Friday Freeforall

  1. Jess

    11/11/2011 at 10:34 am

    I am writing a poem a day this month, but this prompt round up is still quite helpful!

    • margo roby

      11/11/2011 at 10:44 am

      Don’t worry, Jess. I’m not going anywhere…well, maybe Thanksgiving and Christmas.


  2. Yousei Hime

    11/11/2011 at 9:18 pm

    Margo, Thank you for putting these out there. I know about some, but not all. Always looking for new places to visit and grow.

    • margo roby

      14/11/2011 at 7:34 am

      You are welcome. I, too, enjoy finding new places.


  3. pmwanken

    13/11/2011 at 2:26 am

    hi margo ~

    as always, i love to get your roundups…it is good to have the overview of some of the prompts i didn’t make it ’round to this week. if you note the time/date stamp of this post you’ll realize i’m burning midnight oil to catch up on reading. i just posted to last week’s AND this week’s discussion at Writers Speak…follow your link to Synchronicity to read my thoughts…there’s a “thank you” in there that includes you!

    Oh! i just realized it’s after 1 a.m. — the new wordle is probably posted. hmm…to go to sleep? or go wordling? LOL…i cannot resist the wordle…gotta go! 😉

    ~ Paula

  4. margo roby

    14/11/2011 at 7:37 am

    Paula…I do enjoy making the rounds and seeing what everyone has. After the new year I need to wander and find a couple of new ones!

    Sounds like you are being captured by words. Isn’t that lovely? Although sleep is too.

    I will try and get over to Elizabeth’s today. I’m not allowing myself genealogy until I clear a few things 😉



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