Friday Freeforall

07 Jan

9:29 am, Friday 7 January, 2011 – Atlanta

Hello everyone. We seem to have reached Friday even quicker than usual. So, a roundup of prompts and exercises.

First, another call from Fiona over at a river of stones. She says it is NEVER TOO LATE [her caps!] to join. And, it looks like she will continue the river after January, as it is turning into something with its own current and direction. Several people, myself included, have started a separate blog for our stones. The beauty is that you can write verse but you don’t have to. You can write a sentence, or two, if you prefer, or that’s the way your writing is taking you. I am having a lot of fun with it, as there is not the same pressure, as trying to produce a poem a day. And, I enjoy slowing down enough to look at things closely. If you haven’t visited and are curious to see how I am handling stones, they are over at Random Stones.

Fiona also runs a web-based publication a handful of stones and is asking for submissions. I think everyone is so caught up in posting their small stones that they have forgotten about submitting some of them.


The first prompt of the year for writer’s island is, appropriately: Embark.


Sunday Scribblings follows with: Progress. We might be able to make a Wordle of the prompts…

The prompt for Carry on Tuesday does not come out until Sunday, for posting Tuesday, but it’s a fun exercise anyway, so if you haven’t checked in there, do. The line they used for this past Tuesday is a line from Phantom of the Opera: No more talk of darkness, forget these wide eyed fears. I tried it using each word as the first word of a line.

A new site for me, which I am glad to have found, is Donna Vorreyer’s Put Words Together. Make Meaning. She calls her prompts and exercises The Poetry Tow Truck and her first prompt turns out to be what I tried in response to Carry on Tuesday. Head over to her site to read her poem.


Over at Big Tent Poetry, the poem posting is anytime before Sunday night. If you haven’t checked them out, do so. Even if you don’t post their prompts are always thought-provoking: We’ve learned together to be grateful for our muses no matter what foot they lead with, right? So this week, since my muse placed the word “foot” directly in my path, we are going to write poems about feet. There is more at the site.


Magpie Tales has an intriguing image. I saw a response on another blog and the writer had turned the image on its side and written on what he saw from that perspective, so there are other possibilities should you draw a blank with what you find. Intrigued?

Don’t forget One Stop Poetry when you have a poem and want somewhere to post it and a lot of people who will read it. They offer plenty of different avenues, so the site is always worth a visit. I usually get lost!

Three Word Wednesday‘s words are: plausible, taint, willingly.

We Write Poems has a fun exercise to try: To celebrate the new year, time to take something old and make it new again. More specifically, take some prior poem of yours and rewrite it into a new poem now. I have already begun working on it, although I have not found a way to post my original poem because it has a difficult format.

And, finally, Poets United has a prompt that ties in nicely for those of us participating in a river of stones. They want us to pay attention to details: How often do we look beyond the surface? There is so much we miss out on in life at a quick glance; so much that we tend to never see or we do see but pay little attention to it later. Go to the site to read the rest.

Happy weekend, everyone. May your words be as a river of bright, polished poems.



Posted by on 07/01/2011 in poetry, writing


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall

  1. Donna Vorreyer

    07/01/2011 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you for the shout-out – and for the other resources!

    • mroby

      07/01/2011 at 12:08 pm

      Every Friday! It’s one of my favourite blog days, partly because it makes me visit the sites and then I find prompts and write poems!

  2. lynnbiederstadt

    08/01/2011 at 10:02 pm

    What a wonderful, exciting site this is! I came away from it thinking “Le’s read. Let’s write.” Fabulous. I’ll be back to see what’s up in that head next…. xo lynn b. @

    • mroby

      08/01/2011 at 10:05 pm

      Why thank you! I am loving writing it and have to tell myself to rein things in, or I’ll run out!
      🙂 margo

  3. 1sojournal

    09/01/2011 at 12:20 pm

    Margo, most of these are sites I visit, but some are new as well. Thanks for putting them altogether in one place. Am also interested in the note pad app for quotes, what an excellent idea. I have notebooks full of them. They are a wonderful way of creating found poetry. You are busy and obviously enjoying yourself, thanks for all the info,


    • mroby

      09/01/2011 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Elizabeth – I realised when I started doing this that many people probably visit these sites, but that it might be useful to have a starter page that puts them together. If people are in a hurry they can look over the offerings and see if any strike their fancy. But really, it helps me. I was hit and miss at visiting sites that had prompts; now I am religious about it! Any app that helps organise is a blessing. I have stuff spread over so many notebooks. Now if I can just find the time…


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