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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 454

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “I Get (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: “I Get Knocked Down,” “I Get Around,” “I Get a Little Bit Genghis Khan,” and/or “I Get...

6 Ways to Improve Writing Productivity—and Quality

From time to time, I feature guest posts on this blog, and today’s post shares six ways to improve writing productivity from Crystal Stone. My personal favorite tip is to take notes everywhere, which is why I’ve always got pen and paper on hand (just in case). Crystal Stone‘s poetry has...

5 Freelance Writing Tips

All freelance writers have to start somewhere, and I’ve collected 5 excellent freelance writing tips here from previous guests of the Writer’s Market podcast. Five freelancers who’ve spent part or all of their time freelancing share some of their wisdom below. 5 Freelance Writing Tips 1. Ask Yourself the Right Questions...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 453

For today’s prompt, write a dream poem. I love to write these every so often. Sometimes the dream takes center stage (and it can get kind of surreal). Other times, I incorporate pieces of a dream or dreams into a larger poem. If you don’t dream, write a poem about your...

Why I Write Poetry: Eileen Sateriale

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Eileen Sateriale who writes, “Writing challenges allow me see how other people...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Descort Winner

A new poetic form challenge should be around the corner, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the descort along with a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the winning descort: Frost opposite, by k weber Glass is tambourine sound. She...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 452

For today’s prompt, write a game poem. It doesn’t matter what type of game or even if the poem is about the game (vs. just mentioning it), but there are so many possibilities: Board games, sports games, video games, and mental games–just to name a few. I hope you have fun...

Why I Write Poetry: Pat Anthony

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Pat Anthony who shares five lessons she’s learned and writes, “Fifth lesson:...

7 Ways to Turbocharge Your Ebook Marketing

Smart ebook marketing works like a magnet to bridge the gap between readers’ unmet desires and your book’s ability to satisfy those desires. Here are seven proven ebook marketing strategies you can implement immediately, at no cost.

Zappai: Poetic Form

Been a while since I’ve covered a new form on here, so let’s examine zappai! Zappai Poems Zappai poems are like haiku, but not. Or maybe more appropriately, they’re like senryu, but not (or maybe they are). This poetic form definition may sound kind of wishy-washy, but zappai are poems that...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 451

For today’s prompt, write an other side poem. For some, the first thing that might come to mind is the afterlife. But the other side could also mean the other side of the door, the fence, the wall, the window, or any number of physical objects. Then, there’s also the other...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 450

For today’s prompt, write a something goes wrong poem. What goes wrong? That’s up to you. Could be something minor (like burning popcorn or locking yourself out of your house) or something more significant (like being robbed or forgetting how to write poetry or something). ***** Get Published With Poet’s Market!...

Why I Write Poetry: Sofia Kioroglou

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Sophia Kioroglou who writes, “We write because we cannot live without writing.”...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 449

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Learning (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: “Learning to Love,” “Learning to Forget,” “Learning More Than I Ever Thought I’d Need to Know About...

Why I Write Poetry: Jacqueline Hallenbeck

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Jacqueline Hallenbeck who writes, “I must admit… I use poetry as a...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 448

For today’s prompt, write a chore poem. For some, waking up in the morning is a chore; for others, washing dishes and folding laundry is a chore. I hope you don’t find writing this poem a chore; I know I won’t find reading them a chore. ***** Get Published With Poet’s...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Cyrch A Chwta Winner

About a week behind what I was expecting, but here are the results of the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the cyrch a chwta along with a Top 10 list. Read all of them here. Here is the winning cyrch a chwta: Seasick, by Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming I traveled to see...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 447

For today’s prompt, write a release poem. At first, this prompt might seem a little odd, but there are several ways to come at it. For instance, fishers often catch and then release fish. Or people may release their grip on a coffee cup, steering wheel, or book of poems. Of...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla

I’m hoping to announce the winner of the cyrch a chwta poetic form challenge on Monday, but in the meantime, I hope you’re ready for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge: Seguidilla! Find the rules for writing seguidillas here. It’s a Spanish 7-liner that weaves together 5- and 7-syllable lines. Fun...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 446

For today’s prompt, write a cooking poem. After all, it’s Culinarians Day, and food is a good thing. If you’re anti-cooking, that’s fine; write about that. Only you know the proper ingredients for your cooking poem. ***** Get Published With Poet’s Market! The 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer,...

Why I Write Poetry: Sarah Richards

In 2017, I started a “Why I Write Poetry” series of guest posts. I’ve already received so many, and I hope they keep coming in (details on how to contribute below). Today’s “Why I Write Poetry” post comes from Sarah Richards who writes, “It is everything life is about: Understanding ourselves,...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 445

For today’s prompt, write a special day poem. A special day could be a holiday, birthday, anniversary, or just a day when everything changed. There are special days that everyone recognizes and special days that maybe only you (or a small group of folks) appreciate. If it’s special to you, then...