Oh my goodness! It’s almost April! National Poetry Writing Month! A bunch of my friends and I write and post a poem a day every April. For a half-introvert like me, it’s almost more fun than Nation Poetry Slam events, and in some ways, it’s a better way to get to know people.
I love any writing game that does the good old surrealist trick of accessing the unconscious and bypassing the inner censors with fast and urgent writing. I LOVE being forced to use whatever I have from day to day and of COURSE I like any excuse to be in touch with everybody more.
If you have any favorite writing prompts/games, email them to me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll post and try as many as I can.
Here are some ideas to keep you going:
- Get What It Is by Lynda Barry. It’s my favorite ANYTHING about the creative process. You’ll have infinite writing prompts and a heartening new perspective on getting drafts down without judgment. I really can’t recommend this book enough.
- Write a pantoum.
- Cut up a pop song.
- Cut up Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton and make someone a benediction.
- Write about all of the stuff that pisses you off.
- Come out of the closet even more.
- Write letters to people, places, things.
- Read Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens and write your own____ Ways of Looking at _____.
- Save your Scrabble words and your Apples to Apples words to make into poems. I haven’t actually tried this one yet, but I think it might work.
- And of course: