Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

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...

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...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Magic 9

Time for a new WD Poetic Form Challenge! This time around, we’re focused on the magic 9. Find the rules for magic 9 poems by clicking here. It involves 9 lines with a specific rhyme scheme that rhymes with abracadabra. So start writing them and sharing here on the blog (this specific post) for...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 348

Here it is: Our first post-2016 April PAD Challenge prompt. It feels a little weird after a few days, doesn’t it? So let’s get back into a groove. For today’s prompt, write a “when everything stops” poem. Maybe it’s that moment when you fell for a stranger across the room. Or maybe that moment...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Tricube Winner

With the next poetic form challenge just around the corner, here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the tricube. More than 40 poems made the original cut, then 17 made the next cut, so it was difficult getting down to a Top 10 list and eventual winner, but here...

Magic 9: Poetic Forms

Look for the winner of the tricube poetic form challenge tomorrow. But in the meantime, let’s take a look a new (to this blog) poetic form that we’ll be challenging ourselves to later this week. Like the tricube, the magic 9 is a newer form and relatively unknown. In fact, I couldn’t find a...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Next Steps

I apologize for the late post today; I had some Internet connectivity issues. All fixed now. Here are some numbers for the 2016 challenge: 30 days 34 prompts (including 4 “Two for Tuesday” prompts) 10,000+ comments (and counting) 1 incredible month! So, what’s next? First off, there’s a lot of poetry and poeming that...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 30

For the final day of this challenge, I’m happy to be able to share five of my poems published in the Australian online publication Otoliths (click here to read them). Quick read: All five put together combine for fewer than 30 lines. Yesterday, the blog seemed to take the haphazard prompt a little too...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 29

Tomorrow is the final day of the challenge! How did we get here? One day at a time; I know, I know. For today’s prompt, write a haphazard poem. The poem itself could be haphazardly put together, I suppose. But it could also be about a haphazard situation. Or whatever haphazard thing you can...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 28

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Important (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: “Important Documents,” “Important: Read Before Assembling,” “Important People,” and so on. I hope everyone finds something important to write about...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 27

Happy Administrative Assistant Day! If you’re an administrative assistant, perhaps you’ll get a chuckle out of today’s prompt. If not, I hope you still get something out of it too. For today’s prompt, write a take off poem. Take off work for you admin assistants out there (and any other workers). Take off a...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 26

Experienced PAD-ers knew it was coming, because this prompt always shows up on one Tuesday or another. For today’s Two-for-Tuesday prompt: Write a love poem. Or… Write an anti-love poem. ***** Publish Your Poetry! The 2016 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers,...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 25

Somehow we’re only 5 days from the finish line! Let’s keep poeming strong through the end of this week. For today’s prompt, write an exercise poem. The poem could be about a specific exercise, or it could just incorporate exercising into the poem. Or it could be dedicated to a piece of exercise equipment–so...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 24

I want to thank those who grabbed a copy of my Solving the World’s Problems collection yesterday. For a brief moment, the book cracked Amazon’s top 100,000 list, which isn’t bad for a 3-year-old collection of poems. If you missed out yesterday and want to order a copy today, click to continue. For today’s...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 23

Yesterday, I had a reader Tweet a quote of a poem from my Solving the World’s Problems collection on Twitter. It was an unexpected and touching moment, but it got me thinking that I should probably mention folks can get a copy of it up here in the opening paragraph. If you’re interested, click...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 22

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Star (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 21

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day! It’s a day to pick a poem to carry in your pocket and share spontaneously throughout your day. Click here to learn more. For today’s prompt, write a poem that responds (or somehow communicates) with another poem. You can respond to any poem. If you’re having trouble...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 20

Until last week, it had been since before Thanksgiving that I’d submitted poems anywhere. I’d received more than 10 rejections in that time, and well, I’m human–so I was a little down. Decided to submit some poems this month and over the weekend received an acceptance of not one but five poems all at...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 19

How are we already just one day away from the big 2-0 for the month? Where does the time go? Hope everyone’s having as productive a month as I am. For today’s prompt, take on one (or both) of the following prompts: Write a cool poem. Or… Write a uncool poem. ***** Publish Your...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 18

Another Monday, eh? For some, Mondays equate to “back to the office” day. For today’s prompt, write an office poem. Maybe this is related to your work, but maybe this is a poem at a dentist’s office, doctor’s office, bank office, office in a car factory, or some other type of office. ***** Publish...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 17

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! Click here to check out a post from The Haiku Foundation. So guess what we’re doing today? For today’s prompt, write a haiku. Simple as that. Or well, if you’d prefer, write a poem about haiku; I’ve done this before. So that’s an option too; or write about...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

For today’s prompt, write a poem about (or at) a food establishment. You could pick on a chain like Taco Bell or McDonald’s, sure, but maybe there’s a local favorite–or some special dive. Heck, maybe that place where you took your first date or got your first job. Have fun with it, and if...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Somehow, we’ve already Bon Jovi’d our way to the half-way there mark of this challenge. Let’s make it the rest of the way home. For today’s prompt, write a poem with at least four of the following eight words: flat ring lavish vessel paper blacklist gaudy tooth Of course, ambitious poets will immediately try...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 14

One more time, because I don’t have anything new to say today: If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, write a time out poem. There are moments in my life that I...

2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 13

If you haven’t yet, check out the new and improved National Poetry Month Collection, a super-loaded (and heavily discounted) bundle of poetry products. Click to continue. For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Last (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write...