Open 38: Blur

Try this while riding on a train, subway, bus, or car. At a high speed, the familiar suddenly becomes the unfamiliar. Try writing while riding. Capture the blur. Warning: it is illegal to try this writing exercise while driving in the state of California.

12 Links to Writing Prompts on the Web

Here’s a list of links to writing exercises from all around the web: My own! Check out the Open Series here on Big Window. Kelli Russell Agodon provides 30 writing prompts for National Poetry Month at her blog, the Book of Kells. Lists of great writing experiments by Bernadette Mayer and Charles Bernstein. At theContinue reading “12 Links to Writing Prompts on the Web”

Open 35: Abstract Map (or Let’s Get Lost)

Write a directive.  It can be poetry or prose. Credit for this exercise goes to my friend Mary Adams.  The model is "After Apple Picking" by Robert Frost.  It should be written as a set of impossible instructions.  Use the second person: "You will see angry bees swarming a phone booth."  If you give thisContinue reading “Open 35: Abstract Map (or Let’s Get Lost)”

Open 33: Quijote

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; }.flickr-yourcomment { }.flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; }.flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } (Quijote, originally uploaded by JuliusTheCat onto flickr) Your next poem is inside this photo.  I promise you–it is right here!  All  you have to do is be its scribe.