Friday Freeforall: Gather Ye Prompts While Ye May

09 Sep

10:04 a.m. — Atlanta

Hello one and all. We continue to be wet on the East Coast and to be dodging the occasional tornado. Signs of autumn are more signs of summer ending than autumn starting, but that’s okay.

Let us start with Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck and a prompt that starts with: As someone who pays a LOT of attention to how words sound, I have always had a soft spot for homophones. So today, we will explore several ways to play with these sound-alike words. For those with an ear, and those who are developing an ear, this is a fun exercise to play with so go over to read the different possibilities Donna offers.

Over at dVerse, they have another interesting tack this week: For today’s Poetics, the silent film era is your prompt.  You could write about one of the actors, compare and contrast silent films with present-day movies, or maybe write a parody of one of the above scenes. The site offers plenty of resources on silent films along with a short discussion. This is a prompt idea that can provide inspiration over and over.

Poetic Bloomings‘ prompt says: This week you are asked to take the title from an article from any magazine or periodical you may read or have access to and make that the title of your new poem. Visit the site to read the rest of the prompt, which includes a bonus prompt, and the poems by the hosts in response. You might also mosey around to their form post.

Over at The Found Poetry Review they are asking us to focus on 9/11. No matter the degree to which you were or were not affected, their links are to narratives, from which some powerful poetry can be written

The next site is The Sunday Whirl. The words for this week’s wordle are taken from Jack Kerouac’s refrigerator.Visit to see Brenda’s wordle and to read up on how it works, if you wish to post responses. Otherwise, enjoy a weekly wordle and be sure to go over to see what others have done.

The idiom, Home is where the heart is, provides the kick off for Carry on Tuesday. For a link to read more idioms, head over to Carry on Tuesday.

Sunday Scribblings’ prompt is: tomorrow. A look into a possible future, or a list poem of resolutions… And One Single Impression offers weed, which offers possibilities for literal or metaphorical use.

At Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Sunday Snaps’ Susan May James offers a publishing opportunity. If you like writing responses to photographs, head on over and see what she has to say.

Whether you like to read them or want to try writing one, this site is the place to play with limericks. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for her Limerick-off Mondays and a lot more besides.

Over at The Gooseberry Garden the theme for this week changed to free verse based on a topic of your choice. And looking towards next week, they will focus on Summer VacationsGrandparents,  and Anniversaries.

Visit Magpie Tales for our image prompt. This week they have a another photograph. I sat and looked at it for quite a while, noting details, speculating, wondering…Like last week’s photo, you can speculate on the story behind it, or write a poem about a detail, or a poem of place.

For you alliterationists out there, here is ABC Wednesday‘s letter for this week: All hail the H! Even if you don’t usually visit, go over this week, as the writer of the introduction has had such fun and given us several sites to visit and enjoy.

The three words this week for Three Word Wednesday are erode, heart, and observe. As always, visit them for their definitions. They have a particularly good source and I often get ideas from the definitions rather than the given word. My mind is beginning to view these as mini-wordles.

We Write Poems says: Barbara (Briarcat, as we know her!) asks us this week to B1 (be one, you get it?).  She suggests, re-invent yourself for a few minutes.  Imagine yourself somehow different.  Smarter maybe, or drop-dead-gorgeous.  Brash or shy or EVIL. I know this intrigues you, so head over for the rest of the instructions.

Poets United says: A window is often used to describe many things, an opening to your soul, a gateway to beyond, a way to let the cat out. For the rest of the prompt and to read what Robb has to say about a slightly different structure for posting responses, visit.

Scribble & Scatter’s ‘Alpha to Omega Thursdays‘ gives us: Lambda. Susan writes flash fiction with the two words she chooses for each letter, but there is no reason you can’t use the words for a poem. Head over to read the origins of the two words and the Greek letter with which they start.

And, finally, stop by and add your voice to Elizabeth Crawford’s discussion site Writers Speak where she asks writers of all genres to stop by and talk about the life of a writer. She will post new topics every week around Friday. This week’s topic continues to focus on the experience of critique. This is the third week, a Part 3, and an aspect important to all of us who write. If you have not had a chance to go over, and are interested in being a part of a critique group, that is what is being discussed now. We should all have something to say about this topic, so if you haven’t gone over, go, before Elizabeth changes the topic! Even then, there is no reason you can’t contribute to a past discussion.

That should keep you busy and writing. If you think anyone else would enjoy these, click on the buttons below. If you have questions ask. If you write in response to any of these, both the people whose blogs you visit and I would love to read your responses. So, post! And, remember: if you have a topic you want me to discuss, tell me. I’ll take on just about anything and if it’s beyond me, I’ll find sources.

I shall see you next Tuesday or the Tuesday after.  Happy writing, everyone.

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One response to “Friday Freeforall: Gather Ye Prompts While Ye May

  1. Poetic Bloomings

    09/09/2011 at 10:21 am

    As always, Margo, our sincere appreciation!


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