NaNoWriMo Tips | WritersDigest.com

Check out a collection of terrific free downloads to help you write your book, whether or not you are participating in NaNoWriMo, you will find some treasures here.

NaNoWriMo Tips | WritersDigest.com.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13 | Letter and Recipe Poems | WritersDigest.com

Today’s poetry prompt on the Poetic Asides blog is a letter poem (and/or a recipe poem). These are prompts I used in class when I was teaching. They are classics for a reason. They produce varied and excellent results for writers of all ages (and not just poets).

If you want to read the poems of other participants and post your own, click on the link.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13 | Letter and Recipe Poems | WritersDigest.com.

Here’s mine:

Dear Dad,

You never were
much for writing
so I never wrote
you a letter.
You and I
always knew
each other
best through
landscapes,
pigments, brushes,
lenses, captured
hours, minutes,
and seconds
that will never
come back
but could be
relived again
and again
through transparencies
or stacked paintings
in a closet.
I write to you
now, looking
down at your
hands, freckled
and funny
as a write this,
and later,
when Alden
and I take
pictures of winter
deer, you will
be shooting with us

As always,
Linda

If you’d like to see some of my dad’s paintings, his dealer’s site is here: http://www.californiaartgallery.com/ec-watercolor-keck.html

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12 | New Technology Poem | WritersDigest.com

Today’s prompt on the PAD blog is about technological innovation. This is kind of spooky, because while eating breakfast, my husband and I watched a documentary about Howard Hughes, who, like Henry Ford, changed the entire world with his inventions. Before something can be created, someone must realize that it is needed. November is a great month for ideas. What can you come up with? Read today’s works on the the blog (link below) and then add your own. Nothing is too outrageous. I wrote three! Couldn’t help myself. One of them is here below the link.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12 | New Technology Poem | WritersDigest.com.

 

Education

 

The teacher monitors

each twenty minutes

the students spend

on scheduled lessons,

each designed to build

on the last and all moving

at different speeds

like cars on a long highway

headed for the same

destination, and then the

machines shut off

and the students

have a discussion

about what it means

to be human in a world

where there is so much

to learn and so much

to love.

copyright Linda Armstrong, 11/12/2012. All rights reserved.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11 | Veterans Poem | WritersDigest.com

Day eleven of the Poem a Day Challenge honors Veterans’ Day. Write a poem related to a veteran. Read the responses by clicking the link below, or add your own.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 11 | Veterans Poem | WritersDigest.com.

Mine is based on a story my dad told about a civilian telegrapher who was drafted and served with him in Alaska. He was the best telegrapher in the service (Alaska was vital for many reasons, including triangulation and intercepting enemy transmissions in the Pacific, so this man was a tremendous asset), but he was so miserable that he was suicidal and drank anything with any kind of alcohol in it. MuFu was the Japanese sign-off, and that’s what the guys called him.

MuFu

I was going
crazy
in this
icebox
so far from
home
I would drink
anything
to check out
for a while
or just
get warm
they wouldn’t
let me go
because
I was too good
even on lighter fluid
I could transcribe
messages as fast
as anyone
could send them.
MuFu
Sign off
The War was
over sooner
for me.

copyright Linda Armstrong 11/11/2012. All rights reserved.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9 | When He’s Gone Poem | WritersDigest.com

The challenge today is to write a poem that uses the phrase or theme “when he’s gone.”  Click on the link below to read the responses, starting with mine, which is also included here.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 9 | When He’s Gone Poem | WritersDigest.com.

When he’s gone,
she misses him,
sometimes stepping
into the room
where he works
to share something
she has found
like a child taking
a toy to a visitor,
remembering with
a start that he is
off on another trip
she slips back into
her own routine,
reading on the couch
and taking long
walks alone by
the river. When the
phone rings, his
car pulls into the drive,
or he appears at
the arrival gate,
his face is always
new, and everything
they have shared
comes home.

The Insomniacs | Flowering Minds

If you are writing a bedtime story for children, some may tell you that everything has been done. Don’t believe it! Here’s a detailed review of a delightful new story about not being able to fall asleep.

The Insomniacs | Flowering Minds.

From Jen’s Pen…: #PiBoIdMo & #SkADaMo Week 1 – Mad Woman On A Mission

For picture book writers and illustrators, here’s a great post about one artist’s quest to find her personal style. It includes some ideas that worked for her, and some may work for you too.

From Jen’s Pen…: #PiBoIdMo & #SkADaMo Week 1 – Mad Woman On A Mission.

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

If you have ever been told you couldn’t do something, or that you should just give up, here’s an article you should read right now. It isn’t just for writers or illustrators. It’s for everyone with a dream.

PiBoIdMo Day 9: Kelly Light Drives Through Roadblocks « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8 : Poetic Asides • Page 2 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com

Robert Brewer’s poetry prompt today is brilliant. It could inspire a whole book.

Write an answer to a question or provocative statement posed by a dead poet. 

Isn’t that great? Because posting comments to his blog can be challenging (a nonsensical error message pops up), he is setting up a separate thread for each day’s poems on the WD forum.

Forgive me, but I am really proud of the one I came up with today! You can find it, and responses from other members of our community by following the link below. Don’t forget to post your own, too. I’ve posted my poem below the link here if you want to read it without clicking.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 8 : Poetic Asides • Page 2 • Writing Forum | WritersDigest.com.

Mar-ga-ret, Gerard Has Just Forgotten

Mar-ga-ret
the man has
been inside
too long
to remember
the joys
of running
barefoot in dewy
July grass
under the long
sun or swimming
in a mild pond
with laughing
friends who
don’t want anything
but fun. He
sees you crying
as leaves
fall down
and tries to stop
your tears
with a flood
of verbal invention,
but he even
makes your name
fall a syllable
at a time
like leaf-meal
flutter. Go ahead
and grieve, child.
Then, stand
outside, open
your mouth
catch snowflakes
on your tongue.

 

PiBoIdMo Day 7: Every Day Tammi Sauer is Structurin’ « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

Here are some hints about structure and plot from picture book author Tammi Sauer. Most articles about plotting are for novelists. Actually, the basic advice isn’t that much different. There are, of course, fewer characters and no subplots.

PiBoIdMo Day 7: Every Day Tammi Sauer is Structurin’ « Writing for Kids (While Raising Them).