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The Time Is Now, Week 39
The Time Is Now October 4, 2012
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Choose a poem that needs revising and transform it into a Shakespearean sonnet--a poem of fourteen lines, arranged in three quatrains (a rhyming stanza of four lines) and one couplet (two rhyming lines). The end of every other line in each quatrain should rhyme (or sound similar), and the end of each line in the final couplet should also rhyme (or sound similar). Visit the Academy of American Poets website and search "sonnet" for examples.
In the profile "Emma Straub's Life in Letters" (Poets & Writers Magazine, September/October 2012), author Emma Straub reveals that the genesis for her novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures was an obituary she read about a woman named Jennifer Jones. After reading the obituary, she wrote a fictionalized account of her life. Follow Straub's example: Read the obituary section of a newspaper, and write a story with a main character loosely based on what you find.
Creative Nonfiction Prompt
From Jack Kerouac's On the Road to Davy Rothbart's new essay collection, My Heart Is an Idiot (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, September, 2012), the open road has served as the setting for a great number of autobiographical stories and personal essays. Write about a time you took a road trip. Where did you go, what did you see, and who did you meet? Why did you go? Most important, what did you learn? Freewrite for fifteen minutes, review what you've written and, focusing on the most compelling parts, write an essay.
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:
Writers on Writing: Collected Essays From the New York Times (Times Books, 2002)
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A profile of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet laureate Natasha Trethewey,
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