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Prompt #45 Against the grain

March 10, 2011


Against the grain!

What do you write when you don’t want to write? Nothing? Or do you write anyway? Most of us have favored conditions in which we prefer or maybe insist upon to do our writing. Perhaps you crave a quiet space, or maybe want a highly interactive environment to get the thoughts engaged for you, maybe you have certain preferred topics of personal experience, maybe you like the unknown, maybe you want the windows open to see outside or be cloistered in private undisturbed thoughts of your innermost feelings and thoughts. Certainly there is no “right way”, but simply what works or you’re accustomed to having for your writing time.

However what if those conditions are not available? What do you do? Can you write anyway? Have you already written in this situation or just put your pen aside? Again, no right answer. We are looking to learn how it is for you. And perhaps asking you to consider this as a writing challenge. What if you feel unhappy or distressed in some manner? Can you write anyway? We wonder what about our writing experience might be getting missed when we initially feel less desire or ability to easily write.

So please consider “writing against the grain”.

Write on this topic itself, or anything as you wish. The topic of your poem this week is not the point, the process of writing is the point. And this week write your response as a poem if you want, or even only in prose if that’s right for you. Either way will be just fine. And we certainly don’t wish any dire distress into your life just for this response (please, please), but not all instances of discomfort or distress need be major to address this question.

If you do write a poem in less than your usual comfort zone, please do include some process notes to more describe the process as it was for you.


Come back next Wednesday when you see,It’s Post Your Poems Day!” and leave a link to the poem on your blog. If you don’t have a blog, then please, post your poem in the comment itself.    ***    You are invited to respond to the prompt given here, but if you have something else you’re just itching to share, please feel welcome in doing that. Our first desire here is to encourage you to write and learn and share.    ***    When leaving comments to other’s poems, please be appreciative and encouraging. We are not a poem “critique” site (unless someone specifically asks for that). Be kind with each other (and yourself!).    ***    Please consider including a link with your blog poem back to the prompt response here at We Write Poems so that others may see and join our community. More participants do make better soup!

One Comment
  1. ladynimue permalink
    March 10, 2011 5:51 am

    Ah! I so much like this prompt 🙂

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