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Sunday Scribblings #103: Playing With Prompts Or Ways to Better Creativity

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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Notepad and a pen over it with a cup of coffee next to it. words read Sunday Scribblings, and this is for Sunday Scribblings #102: It is Time to Rhyme Indeed

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,”
I say…
…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 ….

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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).

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

Foodie Celebrations

Other Celebrations

Related Reads

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 BlogChatterA2ZBlogging from A-to-Z April ChallengeNaPoWriMo, 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

  1. 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….

  2. 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!


  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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. 🙂

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