Writing Exercise

21 Dec

We hope you enjoyed the last activity. We understand that the biggest challenge was to get the story under 1000 words but still you people did a great work with it.

For next 2 weeks we are going to do a writing exercise.  In the first week you all have to write a monostich poem with an appropriate title  and send them to us by 28th December 2012 to miracle.ezine@yahoo.com. Let us give you a short insight of what a monostich poem  first:

Monostich is a self-contained, stand-alone poem consisting of a single line, although it can also be inserted into a poem as a device. The former is where we’ll pay attention to for this exercise. A lot of people see monostich poetry and think, ‘one line? that’s easy’ or that no real effort has gone into it. Those people are WRONG, Monostich should:

  • be a single line composed from 6 – 12 syllables (lesser monostich = 6, standard = 10, greater = 12, the more syllables, the harder to stay within the rules), but always an equal count
  • incorporate at least 1 form of poetic device; most commonly metaphor or personification – never simile
  • not have any possible punctuation other than a capital letter and full stop (period)
  • not be easily broken into multiple lines by natural line break
  • be a complete thought and not a fragmented sentence.

After you have sent us your poems, we will  exchange the titles of your poems and give you a new title (which will be the title of one of other group member’s poem) to write a monostich poem and then send it to us by 4th January 2013.

We will then compare your  poems and the best match will win a free copy of the current issue of Miracle e-zine.

If you have any other queries, please your comments down and we will get back to you soon.


4 Responses to “Writing Exercise”

  1. Lesley December 21, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    This one sounds like a lot of fun!!

  2. Shreyas Tripathy December 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    Love this activity !!!

  3. Natasha December 31, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    This is a fun challenge–sometimes having one simple line is harder than being free to make a poem that is longer–also interesting that we get to be even more imaginative and play off a title given to us.

  4. Katy Ribar January 10, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    I agree. One line was a bit harder than I thought, especially when I received the others. But it was a fun and great exercise! I really enjoyed this! And I learned something new 🙂

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