Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

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WD Poetic Form Challenge: Byr a Thoddaid

A new poetic form, a new challenge. Let’s take on the byr a thoddaid this time around. Find the rules for byr a thoddaid poems here. It can be as concise as four lines or go on for quite a time. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post)...

Karen Sargent

The Query Process: I Want Off This Ride!

Here’s a guest post about the wild ride of the query process from “pre-published” author Karen Sargent. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** Eight seconds. That’s...

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Byr a Thoddaid: Poetic Form

I’m excited! This week, we sent the 2017 Poet’s Market to the printer! That means a couple things: First, you can pre-order a copy now (click to continue); Second, I’ve got the time to post more now, including a new form today, a new challenge tomorrow, and a lot more next week. Woo-hoo! Also,...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 360

For today’s prompt, pick a word–and only one word–you might use to get someone’s attention; make that word the title of your poem; and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include: “Hey,” “Stop,” “Fire,” “Surrender,” “Attention,” “Wait,” and so on. For our house, the word “bacon” often does the trick. ***** Re-create Your...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 359

For today’s prompt, write an uncontrollable poem. Originally, I was thinking of situations that happen in which no one has control–things like earthquakes, storms, and singing along to catchy songs. But then, there are so many other daily things in which many feel they have no control. Some may rage against that feeling; others...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 358

For today’s prompt, write a distance poem. The poem could be about the distance between two people or several objects. It could be about someone going the distance in an athletic event or adventure. Long distance phone calls, distant messages from beyond, and distant relatives–they’re all fair game. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 357

For today’s prompt, write a bigger poem. I’ve been reading Dahl’s BFG (Big Friendly Giant) to the kids at night in anticipation of the movie; on the 4th, we watched Jaws (“gonna need a bigger boat”); and I’ve been to Texas a few times (everything’s supposed to be bigger in Texas, right?). Anyway, sometimes...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 356

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Getting (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles might include “Getting There,” “Getting Paid,” “Getting What I Want,” and so on. Of course, I won’t say anything if poets decide...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 355

For today’s prompt, write a cravings poem. The poem could be an ode to cake, fudge, or cheese. Personally, I woke up this morning with a craving for cream soda. But cravings can go well beyond food into the realms of activities, objects, and people (as well as a combination of all of the...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9 Winner

Here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the magic 9. More than 50 poems made the original cut, then 22 made the next cut, so it was once again a (good) challenge getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner. Read all the magic 9 poems in...

KM Barkley

8 Reasons Why Poetry Is Good for the Soul

Here’s a guest post from KM Barkley, a writing coach and editor from Lexington, Kentucky, in which he shares his eight reasons why poetry is good for the soul. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Poetic Asides Guest Post. *****...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 354

A little later with the prompt than usual today. Been volunteering in the mornings this week and just ran out of time before I had to be out the door. For today’s prompt, write an assembly poem. An assembly poem could be about a meeting (an assembly of people). Or an assembly poem could...

Robert Lee Brewer

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Ovillejo

Time for a new WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the ovillejo. Find the rules for ovillejo poems by clicking here. It involves 10 lines (3 couplets and 1 quatrain) with a specific rhyme scheme. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for a...

Arlene F. Marks

5 Tips for Editing Dialogue

Here’s a guest post from Arlene F. Marks, author of From First Word to Last: The Craft of Writing Popular Fiction and The Accidental God, in which she shares her tips for editing dialogue. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an...

Amanda Laughtland

How to Write About Spring

Here’s a guest post from Amanda Laughtland (written earlier this year) about how she was encouraged to write about spring and why she thinks its worthwhile for other poets to do the same. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Poetic...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 353

For today’s prompt, write a nothing important poem. Maybe it’s a poem about an unimportant tool, plant, animal, or even person. Of course, sometimes the unimportant things are revealed to be the most important of all. So leave no unimportant stone unturned in search of your poem. ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Ovillejo: Poetic Form

The story behind me selecting today’s poetic form is maybe as complicated as the form itself, which is pretty complicated. Poetic Asides regular De Jackson credited me with sharing this form on the blog when she wrote a post on the ovillejo over at dVerse Poets Pub, though I’m not certain if I did...

Tanaz Bhathena

4 Ways to Take Criticism Like a Pro

Here’s a guest post from Tanaz Bhathena, who writes Middle Eastern and South Asian fiction. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** Eight years ago, when I...

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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 352

For today’s prompt, write an “are we there yet” poem. As someone who just survived a road trip with the whole family, that question comes up often (especially with the 4-year-old). But this question can be asked and maybe even answered on a range of topics unrelated to travel. And, yes, it’s okay to...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 351

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Make (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Make a Difference,” “Make It or Break It,” “Make Believe,” “Make Up,” and whatever else you can make work. ***** Re-create...

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It’s Never Too Late, Until You Don’t Do It

Here’s a guest post from Kim Bailey Deal, a published author who lives near Chattanooga. If you have a great idea and would like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** I started writing short stories...

Have fun getting wordy in June!

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 350

For today’s prompt, write a napkin poem. I guess that could be a poem about a napkin or that involves napkins, but I think my original thought for this kind of poem would be a poem that might be scrawled onto a napkin in a rush–or maybe even slipped across (or under) the table...

James Von Hendy

Breaking the Mold: How to Revise Poems for Publication

Here’s a guest post from James Von Hendy (written earlier this year) about whether material is published on blogs and a sound strategy for handling both poem sharing and revision, including how to revise poems for publication. If you have an idea for a guest post too, just send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with...

Kathy Edens

What I Would Tell My Younger Writer Self

Here’s a guest post from Kathy Edens, a professional copywriter who works on fiction in her spare time. If you’d like to contribute a guest post of your own, please send an e-mail to robert.brewer@fwcommunity.com with the subject line: Guest Post Idea for No Rules. ***** There’s something so appealing about stepping outside of...

Robert Lee Brewer

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 349

For today’s prompt, write a “running its course” poem. Whether it’s for good or bad, things often run their course eventually (except for Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons, which apparently keep going no matter what). Often, that phrase means something comes to its natural conclusion, but it could also mean a marathon runner...