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January 7, 2013


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Having a hard time coming up with something for today?

:iconshelf-of-friends: has put up this prompt: PROMPT CONTEST: JANUARYEach month Shelf-of-Friends will hold a selection of prompts for group members to choose from. We hope through this that we can inspire others to write and create beautiful works.
The contest will end February 1st at midnight.

O v e r v i e w
To invoke inspiration, we have selected a format that group members must write in; we do this in hopes of motivating members to try and expand their abilities in other forms of writing. As for the prompt, there are three things members must choose from to use in the submitted piece and to help invoke inspiration:
a first line to be used in the beginning of the work;
a last line to be used at the end of the work;
a word to help invoke uniqueness for the piece.
a theme*only for the month of January, and other selected months.

*We suggest that you use only one, but if you feel the need to use all, that is also acceptable.  
This month's format:

second person point of view; prose or poetry.

You must choose from the following to incorporate in your work:

A First Sentence: I think we're two parts of the same thing...
A Last Sentence:  ...we all float on.
A Word: Saccharine ( sak-er-in (adj) ) very sweet to the taste; sugary.
or A Theme: Thoughts as sicknesses, disease, contagion, and/or cancerous

If you like the prompt, why not pay them a visit? :)

:iconlitlovecommunity: :thumb346805485: Prompt: burnt a hole in my gums

Also, :iconscatteredwords: posted this up in our last journal, in case anybody missed it:

From my late poetry professor, Jim Simmerman:


1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.

2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.

3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.

4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).

5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.

6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.

7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.

8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.

9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.

10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).

11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: "The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . ."

12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.

13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in "real life."

14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.

15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.

16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.

17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.

18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.

19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).

20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that "echoes" an image from earlier in the poem.

Open the poem with the first project and close it with the last. Otherwise use the projects in whatever order you like, giving each project at least one line. Try to use all twenty projects. Feel free to repeat those you like. Fool around. Enjoy.

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Christianonfire7 Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
When I get a day of none inspiration I'll have to use this. :D
Thanks for sharing.
vespera Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D I hope we will all keep them coming so that there will always be new things!!!
Christianonfire7 Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too!
I think it's cool for people to share different ideas for things to write about, if enough people offer up suggestions 358 days from now we should all still have plenty of prompts/inspiration. :D
vespera Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D :D :D exactly. let me know if there's anything you want to share group wide! :)
Christianonfire7 Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There is a certain theme I've been thinking of writing that maybe others would like to do as well.
The prospective of an older man, between 70-90 and how he views the world now compared to how it used to be. Like how young men treat women more disrespectfully now than they did back then, how back then there were no computers/ipad/iphones etc, and how adapting to all this change has effected him.

Just seems like an interesting thing to write about, especially if you can ask men around these ages feel about it all, to give you more of an idea of how they really feel.

Just a thought anyway. ^^
vespera Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'll put this up :D
Christianonfire7 Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks. :D
Have a great day!
vespera Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:D you, too!
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