Abraham Maslow said that “Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” And it is so very true, play inspires creativity, so today’s poetic Sunday is all about playing with prompts as one of the ways to better creativity.
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Poetic Sundays: Playing With Prompts
This week, I decided to pick a prompt from the many prompts on NaPoWriMo this month – days one through nine, well ten, to be exact. You can check out the other prompts for yourself if you feel so inclined, and let me tell you, you should! They are all so very inspiring (it was hard to decide on one
While the idea is to use the prompts for that day, given I am taking the alphabetical journey of poetic forms, I did not do so for any of the days. So here it is – Playing with prompts on Poetic Sundays!
What is the Prompt?
From NaPoWriMo’s Day 8 prompt
It asks you to name your alter-ego, and then describe him/her in detail. Then write in your alter-ego’s voice. Maybe your alter-ego is a streetwise detective, or a superhero, or a very small goldfinch. Whoever or whatever your alternate self may be, I hope this prompt lets you stretch both your writing skills and your self-knowledge.
Alter ego is defined at Merriam-Webster as – either a second self or different version of ourselves, who could act as a trusted friend, or be the other side of the coin, the opposite of our regular personality (like Clark Kent and his alter ego Superman); or even fictional characters that become the author’s alter ego.
My First Attempt
Me and My-cell-f…
My loved ones forget all the rest
When they look at me
My face has a myriad things – in fact, the best.
(Well, that is like infinity).
Their faces glow
In my reflected light.
Their smiles grow
In true delight.
I revel in their satisfaction
Bask in their close attention
“Oh wait! don’t go away,”
…to no avail….
for, I hear me – rather –
I hear her..
My human ver-
”dinner is on
put away the phone!”
~ Vidya Tiru @ LadyInReadWrites
Disclaimer: I love my family and my family loves me back!! Free versing my way to my imagined alter-ego and I know I need to work on it some more. I thought about a powering down ending to the poem as they put away this alter-ego away to charge but couldn’t work it in right, so ….
On My Blog & at Home
My recent posts since and including my last Sunday Scribblings. Each letter of the alphabet features a poetic form for the letter as well as one or more books (poetry related).
- Sunday Scribblings #102: It is Time to Rhyme Indeed
- The Wonderful Cento Or A Collection of Cool Clauses
- The Dixdeux and More to Delight You
- E is for Etheree and Excellent Everything
- Flamenca: Fabulous For Every One
- G is for the Gogyohka: Concise and Cool
- H is for the Hexaduad and for Home and Heart
At home, it has been a week of same old, same old…
On My Blog & Homefront
More of the same…
This Week’s Celebrations
Literary Celebrations (close-to-it also!)
- Literary birthdays this week of April include: Thomas Harris (of The Silence of the Lambs fame) on 11 April; Beverly Cleary and Tom Clancy on April 12th; Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney on the 13th of April; Henry James and Jeffrey Archer on the 15th; Carol Bly and Tracy K Smith on April 16th; Nick Hornby,. Karen Blixen, Thornton Wilder on 17th April
- National Scrabble Day is on the 13th of April
- April 17th is National Haiku Poetry Day
- The 11th happens to be National Cheese Fondue Day followed by more cheese, for
- April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day (also National Licorice Day)
- The 13th of April is National Peach Cobbler Day and National Make Lunch Count Day
- While the 14th is National Pecan Day
- The 16th of April is National Eggs Benedict Day
- And then there is National Cheeseball Day on the 17th
- It is International Day for Human Space Flight and International Day for Street Children on the 12th of April
- April 14th is National Dolphin Day, National Reach as High as You Can Day as well as Look Up at the Sky Day, and National Gardening Day
- And with all of these, it will be easy to have many moments of laughter. For April 14th is also International Moment of Laughter Day
- April 15th is National Take a Wild Guess Day, as well as World Art Day and National Rubber Eraser Day
- National Orchid Day and World Voice Day are celebrated on the 16th of April
- The 17th is International Bat Appreciation Day and World Hemophilia Day
- Smash Poetry Journal: 125 Writing Ideas for Inspiration and Self Exploration: This book is a great gift for anyone looking for a writing muse, not just for poetry.
- Bean Playing With Words & Always Love It
- Word Play and its Wonders
Wrapping up my Sunday Scribblings
So dear reader, you have reached the end of this Sunday Scribblings! As always, I welcome your thoughts, comments, and suggestions about this post. And do let me know if you plan to celebrate any of these mentioned celebrations this coming week/month? Will you also end up playing with prompts this week? Or do you have any favorite or fun prompts I can use?
Previous posts for these challenges (NaPoWriMo and UBC) are in links below.
Day 0 Day 1 – A Day 2 – B Day 3 Day 4 – C Day 5 – D Day 6 – E Day 7 – F Day 8 – G
Linking up to BlogChatterA2Z, Blogging from A-to-Z April Challenge, NaPoWriMo, and the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Also linking this to the Sunday Post over at the Caffeinated Reviewer and the Sunday Salon.
14 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings #103: Playing With Prompts Or Ways to Better Creativity”
Where on earth do you always find all your information? You sure are better than Google!
Fun poem you wrote there.
Have a good week and happy scribbling and reading!
I love the idea of your poetry endeavors! Also I’ve read photo prompts where people do flash poetry or short stories based on the picture. It all sounds like fun! I’ve always wanted to try NaNoWriMo but can never come up with a theme that I would want to write about and keep caring about….
That’s a lot of celebrations. Honesty, I could do without all of them! I never knew they existed, and probably won’t remember most of them, but it is interesting to see how many ways people find to celebrate things.
Have a great day!
“No gadgets at the table” sounds familiar 😉
NaPoWriMo! Thanks for sharing that link. I may have to revive my defunct poem blog.
I love prompts. The trouble sometimes (or most of the time) is the lack of focus. Will battle with it and hope to win. 🙂
It’s my birthday on the 14th, so I’ll be sure to have a moment of laughter.
Wishing you a great reading week
I love poetry month, and I generally celebrate it by reading a poem every day. But this month I’m in Paris., so I’ll probably have to wait and celebrate when I get home.
NaPoWriMo is a thing? I did not know that. I shall look around and see what else I can find out about it.
Have a super week!
This was interesting. I never considered my ‘alter-ego’. I’m not sure what or who that would be.
I’ve never been a big poetry fan but I love the prompts and the poem! We have rules about phones at the table but I must admit I’m not great about not jumping up to check my phone when I get a text. I hope you have a wonderful week!
What a great poem again! Hope I remember April 14th as National Gardening Day!
Such an interesting perspective of the phone and the world you get to experience through it. We also do no screens at the table.
This is interesting and fun! Would love to try and make my own version too.
I realized I had no idea how to describe my alter-ego. I guess I need more time to do this. 🙂
I love prompts. It lies me direction to go which can be really helpful.
I love using prompts when I write. It is a great way to help me start writing when I am short of words. I love your poems.