Story Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 3

Hey everyone,

Every time I reach the sixth prompt in a chapter, I’ll be jumping up and down. It means I’ll be starting a new blog post of another six prompts. Maybe no one’s paying attention. I’m talking to a brick wall. It means no one’s listening. Well if you are, don’t forget to write and submit to the Red Wolf Journal. The idea is to get you to write poems for submission. Deadline for the Summer 2015 issue is 19 July 2015 so you don’t have a hell of a lot of time. I’d love to get your submissions.

Prompt 13: I was reading on Wiki about Elizabeth Taylor’s legacy and got this bit about what Camille Paglia said about her screen magic: “An electric, erotic charge vibrates the space between her face and the lens. It is an extrasensory, pagan phenomenon.” The electric charge meant she’s a forerunner of other screen sirens to come being the first to remove her clothes onscreen (In A Place in the Sun) at age 17. She was one of the first Lolitas. I have not watched that movie, but imagine she’s a bit like Brooke Shields in the 80s movie, The Blue Lagoon. So the prompt is to write about Lolitas of the world.

Prompt 14: So same sex marriage is ruled legit by US Supreme Court. The White House lit up in rainbow glory. I don’t know about you, but I’ve met transgender/gay people all my life and they seem totally human to me. They’re people with every right to love as they know it. I know that it is a difficult thing for religionists to accept. Religion is difficult. Love, as we all know, is difficult. People are hugely complicated. The prompt, my fellow human beings, is to write about #love wins.

Prompt 15: In which I wrote about a boat trip. If you decide to write, then you’re deciding to go somewhere. And if you didn’t know by now, poems are not strictly autobiographical. They’re just surreal things. So the prompt is to write a poem in which a boat and the constellations are featured.

“A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.”–Oscar Wilde

Or be inspired by this:

“Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.”

Prompt 16: I shall be wicked and suggest that you write about black holes. Or anything scientific. Or anything ballet. Or anything death. Or just you know, the Theory of Everything.

Prompt 17: I just went over to Margo Roby’s blog and she said something about free-floating in her Tuesday prompt. So I’m going to steal hers. When you free float, what do you come out with in a poem? It may be that what comes out just happens to be what you’re thinking of currently. That is excellent. Now write and submit. You’re free. You’re floating.

Prompt 18: I guess you’re feeling the mood of summer. Maddy is. She is testing the waters. Time to be up and about. Try something new. Summer is. Perhaps the stuff of romance is novelty? All the minute changes that happen when you fall in love with the world anew. So the prompt is to capture the mood of summer.


Story Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 2

Hey everyone, my shadow, my ghosts,

We’re on a poetic journey. As you may or may not realize I am providing prompts in the hope that they’ll inspire you to write poems to submit to Red Wolf Journal. I’m collating prompts as they go. You have a go at them as you wish. Or not. This is the second chapter of prompts. For the first chapter read previous post. The deadline for submission to Red Wolf Journal’s 19 July Year 2015.

Prompt 7: The prompt is to write a retrospective. Let time and memory play a key role in your poem.

Prompt 8: The prompt is to write an event poem. An event that’s celebratory. That’s ritual. That sets you thinking.

Prompt 9: The prompt is to write a poem dissecting something. It could be something concrete or something abstract or a bit of both. Or an investigative poem. Means the same I guess.

Prompt 10: The prompt is to write a water poem. Evoke it. Make it real moody.

Prompt 11: The prompt is to imagine a narrative. Any effing narrative. If you can’t think of one, steal it from Faustus. Go over to the dark side. Eternal damnation be his. Er, I mean, your character’s.

Prompt 12: I’ve been thinking about people who use language. In the part of the world where I live, there’re people who do not write well nor even speak English. But if they practise speaking English then they could be a bridge to the outside world. For instance, by becoming a tour guide, a translator, doing business, whatever. The prompt is to write a poem thinking about language and voice.

Story Prompts for Red Wolf Journal Chapter 1

Hey poets,

So I am going to list the story prompts (see previous post) here. I’m not sure how many prompts there will be (mystery) but it’s an ongoing series to inspire you guys to write new poems to submit to Red Wolf Journal’s Summer 2015 Issue 6. I’ve no idea if this helps. I will keep updating this post as the new prompts come up so keep checking in on this post. After you’ve mulled and written, and mangled and refined your poems (remember this isn’t part of a prompt circuit), please submit them to Red Wolf Journal. Remember to read the Submission Guidelines.

Prompt 1: In this story, there’s a meeting. Some hoo-ha happened.

Prompt 2: In this story, there is a sense of thwarted expectations of happiness.

Prompt 3: In this story, you are going with a feeling of secrecy. I’m quoting Jane Hirshfield (Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World, 2015, p102) on this: “mystery, secrecy, camouflage, stillness, shadow, distance, opacity, withdrawl, erasure, encryption, enigma, darkness, absence–these are the kaleidoscope names of the hidden, each carrying its particular description of something whose essence eludes describing.” Your story will have to contain that feeling.

Prompt 4: This story pivots on word and myth. Your story could be about writing. Writing is a kind of myth-making. Or pick a myth and couch it in your own words.

Prompt 5: Homer’s Odyssey is such a memorable book for me. It was a first year lit text and really my first induction into Greek mythology. I’m a latecomer in most things including this one. So yes, the prompt is to write a poem about something taken from Homer’s Odyssey or just a story about any Greek mythological figure.

Prompt 6: Ireland has a rich literary heritage. I mean, James Joyce, Yeats, Seamus Heaney (the greats) are all Irish. Other than Yeats and Seamus Heaney, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett, both Irish, have won the Nobel Prize for Literature. The prompt is to write an Irish inspired poem.

I will update every post till it reaches six prompts. So for the next batch of prompts, see new post.