Friday Freeforall: Let’s Write

25 Jan

7:40 a.m. — Atlanta

listening to Peaceful Easy Feeling with The Eagles — my music dates me, you say? Yes, but, what music!

Hello, everyone. I hope your week has been poetically productive, or at least relaxed, at the very least not filled with drama. Let us begin another weekful of prompts to write to, file, and spark ideas:

tow-truck1We begin with a pick from Donna’s Poetry Tow Truck archives. Our last visit involved TV; this one requires your mp3 player and shuffle mode. Those who listen to vinyl or CDs, despair not; toss them in the air… just find a way to pick randomly. The exercise involves the titles and is great fun. I remember spending some joyful hours with this prompt.

Having ‘pushed him over the edge’, at ‘The Refinery,’ Joseph takes us through a poem by Misky, a sestina for those who have not put a toe in that water yet. I am learning an incredible amount reading Joseph’s critiques, so send poems in, people. I want this to run for the next 49 weeks. One of the best ways to revise our own poetry is to revise someone else’s. Or, if revision is not a strength, to watch someone going through a poem. Go over for a look and consider sending in one of your poems.

Over at The Music In It: Adele Kenny’s Poetry Blog, Adele asks us to ‘look at times in our lives when we’ve been led by visionary ideals, impulses, spontaneity, or romantic notions‘. Combine this with Don Quixote and we have an interesting prompt that offers many paths. Adele’s posts offer so much that she should be a must stop. Visit.

At The Sunday Whirl, Brenda brings us words from ‘Lady Lazarus’, a poem by Sylvia Plath. I should have guessed given the words alone. She also provides a link to read the poem. Visit to see the wordle and to read what others have done.

At Carry On Tuesday,  Keith has taken a line from Dickens’ story of Nicholas Nickleby. It’s an interesting line to play with. Remember that you can break the line up. Go on over to view the line and a link to information about the story, as well as the trailer for the movie. This is another one of those you might want to write first, look later.

Yes, I am smiling and that’s because I’m about to head for Madeleine’s blog. Go to Mad Kane’s Humor Blog for Limerick-off Mondays. Look around while you are there. I visit because I know I will laugh and laughing is good, so visit to read, to laugh, perhaps to write.

Visit The Mag [Magpie Tales] for our first image prompt, a photograph. Hands are an endlessly fascinating topic, literally and metaphorically, You don’t have to write about these hands. They’re there to spark hand memories. Go look.

Whether you are a rule-breaker, or not, this week at Poetry Jam, Dani gives us permission to break the rules. In fact, she insists. While she lists possible topics, she also tells us to pick a form and then break its rules. Fun! Head over to read.

Elizabeth, of 1sojournal, says of her new posts, I found the very beginnings of my own story as a serious writer. Discovered me, making notes about finding my own path for the next twenty years. The things that worked, and the ones that didn’t… I believe they contain that first eye-opening energy of the beginner, that one who has finally grasped a much wider concept than she has allowed herself in the past. It’s an energy I wish to share.

At Carol’s blog, Light Words, she has been down with the flu, but has a post out with some great shots of turkeys. Visit to look them over and see if they spark an idea.

At imaginary garden with real toads, I didn’t even care what Kerry’s prompt was, the pictures were so gorgeous. It took me awhile to remember why I was over there and that you were waiting over here. Kerry’s Wednesday Challenge involves worldbuilding. Intriguing. Go play with the toads.

We Write Poems asks that we ‘find something in your world that you see as beautiful and… ‘ but that is for you to find out. It’s a fascinating prompt, so get yourself over there.

At dVerse I am again giving you the general address, so you can wander. I recommend Anna Montgomery’s essay on creativity, which is also a prompt.You’ll find it at Meeting the Bar. Visit. Look around. Stay awhile; it’s a friendly place.

Patricia K. Lichen, Author: Weekend Haiku & Limericks gives us a choice of  any topic discussed on her blog in the past week, as well as the comments, for a possible source. Porcupines! Also, I love this week’s photograph at  nature quote. Her topics focus on aspects of nature. Patricia’s site has the feel of walking on a beach, or through a forest.

Flash fiction fans: I’m going to give you the link to the general site of Flashy Fiction, rather than always giving you Friday, as you might come to the site on a different day, thus be offered a different image. Pot luck.

If that is not enough, look straight up, at the top of the blog and you will see a new tab: Freeforall: Even More Prompt Sites. The sites won’t always be up-to-date, in fact, rarely, but the links will get you there.

If you have questions, ask. If you write in response to any of these, the people whose blogs you visit would love to read your responses. So, post!

I shall see you Tuesday for an image prompt; Thursday for Your Serendipity; and next Friday for the usual.

Happy writing, everyone.


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6 responses to “Friday Freeforall: Let’s Write

  1. julespaige

    25/01/2013 at 9:38 am

    Rules?!? What rules might they be? …I might have to investigate Poetry Jam…I always think of preserves when I read the word ‘jam’. Anyway…
    Just checking in before Son of Son visits this day.

    I remember when I was introduce to the Elfje form. And I kind of mangled, and rewrote the ‘rules’. I took the simple 5 line 11 word poem and created, duos, trios, quads and quints, turned it upside down and backwards creating waves and incorporated it with American Japanese forms. Just like cooking, recipes for me are just guidelines. 🙂

    We might get some white stuff tonight unless it stays too cold to snow. Stay warm!

    • margo roby

      25/01/2013 at 9:44 am

      Hi Jules! I remember your inventions when we did acrostics. You came up with such fun versions. And, no I never include you under rule follower ;-).

      We almost sort of got white stuff, but it didn’t come through. Atlantans would love to have a week of it as we did the winter of 2010-2011. Such a great time because we knew it would all go away fast. It snowed an inch in D.C. yesterday!

      I’ll be up in Vermont the beginning of March. I’ll wave down at you as we fly by. We’re visiting the kids and Miss Hazel.

      Bundle up 🙂

  2. Yousei Hime

    25/01/2013 at 10:10 am

    I spun something out about creativity. Felt so good after so man dry spells. Come see when you have time.

    • margo roby

      25/01/2013 at 10:12 am

      I know what you mean. I have been creeping along the edges of the desert. I’ll be over in a bit, with my coffee.

  3. Donna Vorreyer

    25/01/2013 at 11:07 pm

    I hope to have a post up tomorrow with a new writing idea, but the “shuffle” one that you mention is one of my favorites. I actually just did this with my classes yesterday – they did amazing work!

    • margo roby

      26/01/2013 at 9:55 am

      Donna, I think my first comment to you was on that post. I’ll make sure and have tomorrow’s up, next week. That’s the only problem with Friday, is how many prompts come out Saturday. Every time I try and rethink where to place the Freeforall, though, there’s been a reason to stay.


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