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The Time Is Now, Week 34
The Time Is Now August 30, 2012
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Spend a day at a museum or reading an art book. Choose a piece of artwork that you enjoy or that you find thought-provoking. Rather than composing an ekphrasis that comments on the artwork itself, try your hand at writing a poem in the "mode" of the artwork. This may mean writing a poem in the poetic style that you think is reflected by the artwork, or it may mean trying to write in what you perceive to be the "tone" or "voice" of the artwork.
Tell a story through the journal entries and/or correspondences of the central characters. Note how the switch between different perspectives and the reliability--or lack thereof--of the characters affect the way the plot is revealed to the reader. For inspiration, read Gary Shteyngart's novel Super Sad True Love Story.
Creative Nonfiction Prompt
As the old story goes, Ernest Hemingway was once asked to write a six-word story about himself. This is how he responded: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Write a six-word memoir about yourself. For inspiration, check out Smith Magazine's Six-Word Memoir Project.
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 Portable Poetry Workshop (Wadsworth Publishing, 2004) by Jack Myers
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