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Thursday Prompt #10: Object Poems

July 8, 2010

This week’s prompt is another exercise based on knocking away writer’s block, and it comes to you from yours truly. When I get writer’s block, I un-block my mind by writing what I call “object poems.” I pick an object–a teacup, a pen, a table, whatever is in your line of vision–and write about it from every angle imaginable. Describe the object. What does it look like? What does it feel like? Can you taste it? Does it make noise? Does it smell? Look at it from above, from below, from all angles. Does the angle change your perception of the object? Describe the essence of the object. What is its use? Its shape? What is it called? Who uses it? What is it about the object that makes it what it is? Be as accurate or as imaginative as you like. Let the object open up your mind and get your hand loose for writing.

The Candle by Rickydavid on Flickr.com

in the light of the god of ironing by It'sGreg on Flickr.com

Flouride toothbrushes by Dan Lockton on Flickr.com

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