Today’s prompt comes from the brilliant Small Beer Press. Each year they produce A Working Writer’s Daily Planner – Your Year in Writing. It goes on my Birthday/Yule list every year (we won’t talk about the fact that I end up purchasing it myself…). At any rate, this publication is packed with helpful hints, awards, grants, residencies, market listings, and of course, writing prompts. It is what I am going to use to create our 30 days — 30 ways to Play…Writer for NaNoWriMo. I hope to have that calendar done and published for all of you next week. A whole month worth of places to write with people who support what you’re doing. Isn’t that fabulous? But, I digress. Here’s the prompt, with attribution to the aforementioned publication:
“Salvador Dali said, ‘Those who do not want to imitate anything produce nothing.” Pick an excerpt or poem from one of your favorite authors or poets and imitate their form, maintaining original author’s punctuation, line breaks, length, etc., but change the topic and make it your own. If no one springs to mind, try Adrienne Rick or Frank O’Hara. Write 50 to 100 words at least.”
Speaking of National Novel Writing Month, the Web site is now ready for you to engage for NaNo ’11. They have a new, juicy, full-of-extra-guts web site. So you may have to (like I did) reload an icon photo and fill in some other blanks. Please sign up
and home with region Snoqualmie Valley. Would love to see our numbers hit 200 this year. I am Hero Protagonist. Please don’t laugh, my husband signed me up the first year and gave me that moniker. If anyone needs help signing up, just let me know. Perhaps I can help you at one of the writers cafes or work sessions before November hits. Of course our kick-off party will definitely a spot I and others can assist you.
And now your moment of Writing Zen: ”Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.” ~William Bridges
What did you Write today?
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