When I looked at my phone this morning, I saw the above notification from The Economist on my screen and thought, that could be an interesting prompt. But I wasn’t just interested in writing a poem based on the headline; I wanted to see what other people would write as well. So I’m throwing a quick weekend poetry contest!
All you need to do is write a poem using “the irresistible rise of K-pop, the NBA finals and how ants avoid drowning” in the title and/or the stanzas themselves. Email me yourpiece by Monday, October 12th at 11:59 pm CST. Send your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org with a relevant subject line.
Since all contests deserve prizes, I’ll send the winner a $25 gift certificate to the independent bookstore of their choice.
I’m excited to see how this goes. I might make it a monthly thing!
Right before bed, jot down an aspect of your story or a line of a poem you’ve been struggling with. Make this the very last thing you do before turning out the light. In the morning, look at what you’ve written down. Sit down with your writing and start working on this trouble spot. See what a good night’s sleep has helped you work out. (This should be done as soon as possible after waking up. Set a reminder on your phone if you have to.)
I recommend keeping your dream journal in the bathroom, in easy reaching distance of the toilet. A dream journal is too easy to ignore by the side of your bed. If you wake up groggy, you will stumble out of bed and ignore it. If you keep it in the bathroom near the toilet, you will have roused yourself enough to be capable of jotting down a dream. And you will be in a convenient sitting position. (I am not joking. This really works.)
If you’re wondering why this week’s prompt is to keep a dream journal rather than a specific prompt for a poem/story, just wait. Keeping a regular dream journal can lead to a wealth of wonderful new material, delivered straight from your subconscious.