Here's how it works: Each day of November, there is a new prompt posted. Each day, poets from around the world respond to that prompt with their poems. At the end of November, poets should have 30+ poems written which they can turn into a 10-20 chapbook manuscript to submit to me by early January.
The challenge is meant to be fun and productive. Anyway, I thought I'd link to the prompts here to make it easy for Not Bob readers to play along and get caught up (if they want to break a line or two).
Here are the November 2012 poetry prompts:
- Day 1: Matches Poem
- Day 2: Full Moon Poem
- Day 3: Scary Poem
- Day 4: Just Beneath (blank) Poem
- Day 5: Text Message Poem
- Day 6: Left or Right Poem (Two-for-Tuesday prompt)
- Day 7: Circular Poem
- Day 8: Talk Back to a Dead Poet Poem
- Day 9: When He's Gone Poem
- Day 10: Foreign Word Title Poem
- Day 11: Veteran Poem
- Day 12: New Technology Poem
- Day 13: Letter or Recipe Poem (Two-for-Tuesday prompt)
- Day 14: Stuck Poem
- Day 15: Tradeoff Poem
- Day 16: Last Line First Poem
- Day 17: How-to Poem
- Day 18: Glosa Poem
- Day 19: Wheel Poem
- Day 20: Gathering or Letting Poem (Two-for-Tuesday prompt)
- Day 21: Song Title Poem
- Day 22: Paradise Poem
- Day 23: Deep Poem
- Day 24: Truth About Blank Poem
- Day 25: Opposite Poem
- Day 26: Collection Poem
- Day 27: Hero or Villain Poem (Two-for-Tuesday prompt)
- Day 28: Workplace Adversity Poem
- Day 29: Birth Poem
- Day 30: Milk Poem
The prompts will fill in throughout the month. Click on the links above to view the full explanation of the prompt, read my own attempt at the prompt, and read plenty of examples by other poets.
No matter the challenge you're taking on in November (if you're taking one on), please have an excellent time doing so.
By the way, if you're into challenges (and haven't done so yet), you might be interested in taking on my 30-day Platform Building Challenge. It's free, easy, and has been very helpful for scores of writers already. Click: How to Build (or Improve) Your Writer Platform in 30 Days.
Also, I don't think I've mentioned it on here yet, but I was called out in the November issue of O, The Oprah Magazine for my Poetic Asides blog. In fact, a direct quote: "I have a poet crush on Robert Lee Brewer." Now that's something cool! Click here to check out the piece, which includes three other important poetry resources.
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Can I ask a dumb question. What's a chapbook?
Following along with NovPAD again this year. I did see the mention in O! Congratulations.
The chapbook question is not dumb, Laura. It's a smaller version of a regular size book. Often, it's between 16 and 32 pages in length, though sometimes shorter and others longer.
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