2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 2

Publish date:

And just like that, we're already into our first "Two for Tuesday" prompt in which I give two options for the prompt. You can choose either of the two prompts or even write both if you feel up to it. We got off to a great start yesterday. Let's keep at it.

Here are today's prompts:

  1. Write a "ready to start" poem. Yesterday's poem closed the door or turned the page on the past events. Time to start looking forward.
  2. Write a "not ready" poem, or even "never ready" poem. Sometimes, we're just not ready for the things that come our way. 

Ready or not, time to write a poem.

Here's my attempt:

"Like Orson Welles and stuff"

We followed the path and elbowed our ways
to the front. Our whole lives seemed held in this
moment. We saw the clouds. We saw the light
strike the earth and give birth to this giant
robot. We weren't prepared to turn and run.


Follow me on Twitter @robertleebrewer

(Share your November PAD Chapbook Challenge updates on Twitter using the #novpad hashtag.)


Image placeholder title

Get yourself ready for anything poetic with The Poetry Dictionary, by John Drury.

Click here to learn more.


Incite vs. Insight (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use incite vs. insight with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.


Jane K. Cleland: On Writing the Successful Long-Running Series

Award-winning mystery author Jane K. Cleland describes what it's like to write a long-running book series and offers expert advice for the genre writer.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: #StartWrite, Virtual Conference, and New Courses

This week, we’re excited to announce free resources to start your writing year off well, our Novel Writing Virtual Conference, and more!


20 Most Popular Writing Posts of 2020

We share a lot of writing-related posts throughout the year on the Writer's Digest website. In this post, we've collected the 20 most popular writing posts of 2020.


Carla Malden: Writing With Optimism and Innocence

Screenwriter and author Carla Malden explains why young adult fiction and the '60s go hand-in-hand and how she connected with her main character's voice.


Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Talking About the Work-in-Progress

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is talking about the work-in-progress.


Greta K. Kelly: Publishing Is a Marathon

Debut author Greta K. Kelly reveals how the idea for her novel sparked and the biggest surprise of her publication journey.

Poetic Forms

Mistress Bradstreet Stanza: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the Mistress Bradstreet stanza, an invented form of John Berryman.


Capital vs. Capitol (Grammar Rules)

Learn when to use capital vs. capitol with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.