We’ve hit the 1/3-way mark! Writing prompts & an exercise for you.

Hi folks, hope you’ve all been writing strong for the past ten days! We’re already 1/3 way through the challenge 🙂 Let’s keep our energy up and charge ahead!

For today, let’s take up lists.

And, what about lists?

It’s completely up to you to decide what to do with the theme:

  • Use it as a prompt for writing lists of some kind, perhaps in your journal
  • Write a character who is obsessed with making lists for everything
  • Write a story that is written in the format of a list or utilizes listing for its narration
  • Make “lists” a theme in your story–perhaps a metaphor of some kind (things that we remember to list, things we miss out, what really happens thanks to or despite of our lists, etc.)
  • Write a list poem
  • Write a blog post that is a list of pointers/ideas/suggestions
  • Anything else that comes to your mind!

'Think Like a Tree' - a lovely list poem by Karen I. Shragg [Image Source]

Think Like a Tree by Karen I. Shragg [Image Source]

I pulled today’s theme out of the poem I wrote today, which (I only realized after it was done) turned out to be

a list poem! (this lovely one is Think Like a Tree by Karen I. Shragg)

Specifically, it was a list poem about the ways we deal with wounds, and in this case, those caused by love. You’re welcome to use that as another prompt: wounded.

A list poem I wrote a long time ago was about what a writer’s “grocery” list would look like. Notebooks, pens, sachets of inspiration, that sort of thing 😉 Feel free to expand on the theme with your imagination here! What does “list” make you think of? What are the most unique or outrageous lists you’ve heard of? What is a powerful list poem you could write today, based on an experience of yours?

A writing exercise!

Here’s a quick writing exercise with list-making:

  • List twelve of your favorite songs.
  • Pull out twenty phrases/lines from these songs totally (up to three lines per song, it’s okay if you don’t use lines from all the songs)
  • Re-write the ideas in these lines with completely different analogies/metaphors/words
    • (Re-write in prose or poetry, depending on what kind of piece you want to write)
  • Is there any way to glue these new segments together?

You don’t absolutely have to glue the segments together; you could choose to put some together and ditch others completely; you could tie them all into one big bundle–it’s up to you.

Just as a note: you don’t ever have to absolutely do anything in any writing exercise, unless you’re trying to write in form. 😉

Hope this helps with your November challenge! Happy writing/poeming folks!

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About Anuja Sundar

i love reading, writing, typing, stargazing, listening to music, translating, playing piano (not particularly well, though), snacking!, riding, praying, and a lot more than can be listed!

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  1. Hi Anuja,

    I’ve never heard about list poems before. I guess you learn a new thing everyday 🙂

    As for my music review, I think I’m going to match Tennyson with modern-day musician Bob Geldof (you may have heard about him in relation to Band Aid 30). I know Tennyson wrote poems about death and grief, especially after the premature death of his college friend, Arthur. Similarly, Geldof’s daughter, Peaches, died at 25 (just recently too). So, I thought Geldof could maybe do a tribute album, in memory of his daughter.

    Niki

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