Author Archives: Robert Lee Brewer

Robert Lee Brewer

About Robert Lee Brewer

Senior Content Editor, Writer's Digest Community.

Do You Like Poetry Prompts?

Okay, this post is a little different in that I have an announcement and a request. I’m excited about the announcement and humbled by the request. So let’s jump into the announcement! Announcing the Smash Poetry Journal! If you search for the Smash Poetry Journal on Amazon right now, you’ll find...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 458

For today’s prompt, write an ecstatic poem. I’ve long loved the word ecstatic for its meaning as an adjective describing the feeling or expression of overwhelming happiness. But it’s also a noun for a person who is subject to mystical experiences and used as an adjective that involves experiencing mystic self-transcendence....

4 Tips for Freelance Writing Success

With the first ever Writer’s Digest Freelance Virtual Conference just around the corner, I want to share a few tips for freelance writing success from some of the presenters. I include a little commentary too. After all, I’ve been working on the Writer’s Market Books series for nearly two decades now...

Why I Write Poetry: Ravishu Punia

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 Ravishu Punia who writes, “Through poems, words say nothing and yet, they...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 457

For today’s prompt, write a disobedient poem. History is filled with acts of disobedience. Some disobedience brings about positive change. Some disobedience makes things worse. Disobedience happens everywhere–at work, home, and school. And yes, poetry too. ***** Build an Audience for Your Poetry! Learn how to find more readers for your...

Call for Submissions: 2020 Poet’s Market

It’s that time of year again. The new 2019 Poet’s Market is on bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2020 Poet’s Market–and I need your help! Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on October 31, 2018, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 456

For today’s prompt, write a tragic poem. Last week, I said the world is filled with magic for those who are open to seeing it. The world is also filled with tragic moments–both large and small. Of course, the big tragedies include violence and death, but smaller ones could include missed...

WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondine

I’m hoping to announce the winner of the seguidilla poetic form challenge sometime next week, but in the meantime, I hope you’re ready for the next WD Poetic Form Challenge: Rondine! Find the rules for writing rondines here. It’s a French 12-liner that is similar to the roundeau. Plenty of rhymes...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

It’s time for the 11th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Over the years, many poets have contacted me to let me know of the successes they’ve found in publishing individual poems and collections that started with the poetry challenges on the Poetic Asides blog. Recently, I highlighted my favorites of the...

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 455

For today’s prompt, write a magic poem. The world is filled with magic for those who are open to seeing it. Sure, some of it is trickery and sleight of hand, but there’s also a magic to everyday moments and situations, certain notes in favorite songs, even mistakes that end up...

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Results

My goal is always to get one poem-a-day challenge wrapped up before the next one begins: So get November wrapped up before April and April before November, but…sometimes (okay, normally) it just doesn’t work out that way. That said, I’m a month ahead of when I wrapped things up last year....

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:...

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.”...