Friday Freeforall

10 Dec

10:56 am, Friday, 10 December, 2010 – Atlanta

Okay, what can I find for us to play with this weekend. I like doing this every Friday. It makes me look around.

Sunday Scribblings has a prompt word: Guidance. If the word interests you, visit them for guidance on “guidance”. They suggest posting your poem, should one arise, on Sunday, but you have until they post a new prompt.


Poets United Thursday prompt is the word: forgiveness. Here is part of what they say: To forgive is to excuse for fault or an offense.  The word forgiveness can bring out a wide range of emotions in people.  Some find it to be a sign of weakness others an immense show of strength. What have you forgiven lately or think needs to be forgiven? Have you ever held a grudge that was taxing on you? They say more and also have a photograph, as added inspiration.

Cafe Writing‘s Thursday Threesome has a Christmas theme, so if you are in the mood, head over there. Their shtick is they take a phrase or words that work together and divide into three. You can use one, two, or all three together. Many paths to choose.


We Write Poems has a phrase for their weekly prompt: The pursuit of happiness. Plenty of scope in that phrase. This site gives a full week and takes posts on the following Wednesday.


Three Word Wednesday has an intriguing choice of words: judge, nightfall, safety. You can post all week.

Carry On Tuesday has a phrase which could be fun: The course of true love never did run smooth. Head over to their site to find out how they suggest we use their prompts.


Magpie Tales has a photograph of an old sled. Just looking at the handworn wood evoked a response from me.


And, finally, a Wordle from me:


Remember that if a prompt, or exercise, intrigues you, but you aren’t sure what to write, freewrite. You do not have to write a poem in response to everything. You can write your response in prose form and, on days when you wander back through your notebook, rereading what you have written, may spark something.

Have a wonderful weekend. More mantras on Monday.



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4 responses to “Friday Freeforall

  1. ldsrr91

    11/12/2010 at 5:06 am

    I never heard the expression “free write” before, what does that mean? I thought all expression or writing if it were fiction would come under that heading.

    Here is my free write for the day: “Dear John, I am sorry I missed the boat. I met a man, with some righteous plans, and Jack that is all she wrote!”

    (Yeah, I know. But what do you expect for free?)

    Have a great weekend and Merry Christmas!


  2. mroby

    11/12/2010 at 8:32 am

    Hello you! Freewrite is less structured. You have punctuation! Here’s what I said when I wrote about freewriting last month: Almost any writer on writing will tell you: write write write do not stop write do not edit write do not stop write write write. The problem most of us have is that we have a self-censor sitting on one of our shoulders. This censor says “That sounds silly. That’s not grammatical. What kind of syntax is that? Did you put a comma in there? Did you spell that long word correctly? What kind of image is that? It doesn’t make sense.” Enough of that and you will talk yourself into not writing. If your mind goes blank because you are trying so hard not to self-censor, or your mind just goes blank, don’t stop. Keep writing the last word you wrote over and over again. Your brain won’t like that and will kick back in. The surrealist writers believed that they had to reach a state beyond reality in order to find and write that which is true. What we call free-writing developed from them. Ideally you want to write several pages without stopping. If you can do that you will find when you go back through that your mind and hand have taken you down many paths. You can choose one of the paths to follow knowingly, or choose words and phrases that speak to you and pull them out as a seed to a possible poem. Rather than setting a time, set yourself a number of pages. If you have never done this before, start with two pages and write. If it will help, pick a topic, but then don’t worry or panic if you notice that instead of writing about whales, you are writing about hot air balloons. Your brain made some kind of connection. Go with it. It may take you wondrous places.

    Sorry you asked? The teacher never quite disappears! I’m not sure freewriting will ever be useful for you in prose because you have a ton of stuff to say, but in poetry it’s useful. I’m not good at it. Can’t quite let go the control. Wish I could!

    Loved your “freewrite” however. Have a great weekend yourself. We are due some snow in the next 24 hours. Not common down here in Atlanta. And have a very merry Christmas.


  3. ldsrr91

    11/12/2010 at 9:16 pm

    I have found, as a rule, my first shot is going to be my BEST shot. Too often, I allow other people to talk me into things, that are contrary to what I am doing, and I always find myself sorry and disappointed for letting them influence me.

    Last week I submitted something, 1500 words+ and I thought it was mediocre at best, and now I am told it will be published in either January or February. I could not believe it.

    Really cold here too. Bundle up and stay comfy, keep up the good work.


    • mroby

      12/12/2010 at 8:06 am

      I think you are one of the rare ones who can do that. You have such a distinctive voice and style, that playing with your writing could lose that.



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