Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 300

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If you haven't seen it yet, I've posted the guidelines for the 2015 April PAD Challenge. It's pretty crazy to think this will be our 8th year of poeming from April to May. And somehow, we've now reached 300 weekly Wednesday poetry prompts. What a bunch of milestones that are building up! In fact...

For today's prompt, write a milestone poem. It could be a work milestone, athletic milestone, or even a milestone related to diet or overcoming addiction. Have fun with it, and here's to the next 300 Wednesday prompts!

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Don't wait for inspiration!

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For some poets, getting started is the hardest part. That’s why many writers, poets included, gravitate toward writing prompts. However, every writer can self-generate prompt ideas and break free of the blank page and waiting on inspiration to strike. Learn how in the Creating Poetry: How to Self-Prompt Poems tutorial.

This 47-minute tutorial led by Robert Lee Brewer shows poets how to let go of the notion that first drafts need to be perfect, look at the blank page as an opportunity (not an obstacle), draw from personal experience, surrender to sounds and images, and more.

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Here's my attempt at a Milestone Poem:

"2,632"

Growing up, I collected baseball cards
and thought the world revolved around
numbers and accomplishments. Numbers

like 300 (career wins), 3,000 (career hits),
and 61 (homers in a season). For pitchers,
I marveled at earned run averages; for batters,

it was batting averages. It seemed the more
milestones a player could gather the better,
especially when it came to home runs

and strike outs. But now I realize--
as Bonds, McGwire, and Rose hang
outside the Hall--that there's a glory

in showing up every single day.

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer's Digest Writing Community and author of Solving the World's Problems. He edits Poet's Market and Writer's Market, writes a poetry column for Writer's Digest magazine, and a lot of other fun writing-related projects.

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His poem today is probably easy to understand for baseball buffs. But for those who don't get into stick ball (and like to have an idea of what they're reading), just look up Cal Ripken, Jr.

Follow Robert on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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