Skip to main content

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For the 2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge, poets are tasked with writing a poem a day in the month of November before assembling a chapbook manuscript in the month of December. Today's prompt is to write a Thursday poem.

Believe it or not, we'll be two-thirds of the way through this challenge after finishing today's poem. So it's not just any old Thursday, but having said that...

For today's prompt, write a Thursday poem. I've long pondered how Thursday seems to be the most overlooked day of the week. Monday is the start of the work week; Tuesday, for many, is the real start of the work week; Wednesday is the middle; Friday leads into the weekend; and well, the weekend is the weekend. But poor Thursday is hiding in the shadows. Come at this prompt as you will, but let's give a little poetic love to Thursday.

Remember: These prompts are springboards to creativity. Use them to expand your possibilities, not limit them.

Note on commenting: If you wish to comment on the site, go to Disqus to create a free new account, verify your account on this site below (one-time thing), and then comment away. It's free, easy, and the comments (for the most part) don't require manual approval like on the old site.

*****

smash poetry journal robert lee brewer

Poem your days away with Robert Lee Brewer's Smash Poetry Journal. This fun poetic guide is loaded with 125 poetry prompts, space to place your poems, and plenty of fun poetic asides.

IndieBound | Amazon

(Writer's Digest uses affiliate links)

*****

Here’s my attempt at a Thursday Poem:

“On a Thursday”

What can you do on a Thursday
that can't be undone tomorrow?
Some people work, and others play,
but is that it for my Thursdays?
No one I know has much to say
or ideas that I could borrow...
What can you do on a Thursday
that can't be undone tomorrow? 

Freelance Food Writing: How to Break Into the Industry

Freelance Food Writing: How to Break Into the Industry

Food writer Deanna Martinez-Bey shares her advice on breaking into the freelance food-writing industry, including finding your niche, pitching ideas, and more.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Red Line Moment

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Red Line Moment

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have somebody cross your character's red line.

Hafizah Augustus Geter: On Confronting Complicated Questions When Writing Memoir

Hafizah Augustus Geter: On Confronting Complicated Questions When Writing Memoir

Award-winning writer Hafizah Augustus Geter discusses how her experience as a poet helped her take on her new memoir, The Black Period.

6 Ways To Collaborate With Other Writers Ahead of Your Book Launch

6 Ways To Collaborate With Other Writers Ahead of Your Book Launch

Writer Aileen Weintraub shares how to find your writing community in the process of launching your book.

Martha Anne Toll: On the Power of Memory

Martha Anne Toll: On the Power of Memory

Author Martha Anne Toll discusses the mythology that inspired her debut novel, Three Muses.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 627

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an autumn poem.

Writer's Digest Presents podcast image

Writer's Digest Presents: Working With Literary Agents (Podcast, Episode 8)

In the eighth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we discuss all things literary agents—what to look for in an agent, how to best find an agent, and more! Plus, managing editor Moriah Richard sits down for a chat with Margaret Danko, literary agent with Paper Over Board!

Unlit Lighthouse

Unlit Lighthouse

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, the local lighthouse is unlit for the first time in over 100 years.

Ellie Marney: On the Unique Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

Ellie Marney: On the Unique Challenges of Writing Historical Fiction

New York Times bestselling author Ellie Marney discusses the history behind her new YA murder mystery, The Killing Code.