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Choose one of your poems that needs revision. Give it to five friends and ask each of them to create an audio version of it by reading it into your telephone answering machine or recording themselves reading it and sending you the audio file. Listen to the five audio versions for places where the rhythm or musical qualities of the poem fall away or sound flat. Use these readings to revise the poem.
Write a story in which the protagonist is "perfectly ordinary" (however you choose to define "ordinary") in every way except for one obvious trait. Follow how this one trait sets in motion the story's central conflict or turn.
Creative Nonfiction Prompt
Write a nonfiction piece of no more than 500 words. It could be anything from a single scene to a complete micro essay--either way, try to utilize the same techniques and structure that you would for a full-length piece. For inspiration, check out Brevity, an online journal dedicated to the art of flash nonfiction.
The Best Books for Writers
| Each week we recommend a book--a newly published title or an invaluable classic--that will help you on your writing journey. This week's pick: |
The Believer Book of Writers Talking to Writers (Believer Books, 2005) edited by Vendela Vida
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