MONDAY PROMPT / October 25

October 25, 2010
By Deb

This week’s prompt

This week I’m going to borrow a writing exercise from my creative non-fiction teacher. I think it will lend itself to my purposes (drill for old material in a new way) quite well. After all, what doesn’t serve poetry?

Set yourself down at a quiet writing table with blank paper and a couple of pens or pencils. Set a timer for 30 minutes and draw your home. I don’t mean design your home, or become a drafts person and render it accurately, but I do mean try to identify all the rooms in your house in a graphic manner. On paper: walls, stairs, sinks, doors, furniture. No one is going to see this drawing but you, so don’t worry about how well you craft it. Just draw your home for 30 minutes.

Now (as in immediately after you have finished your drawing) free-write for 20-30 minutes about something this drawing brought to your attention. It may or may not have anything to do with your house. Just go with whatever comes to mind and write down at least a page of that stream of consciousness flow.

Next step (which doesn’t have to immediately follow): write yourself a poem using something from your free-write.

How prompts work under the Big Tent

We post prompts on Mondays, and you have all week to write your poems, based on our fabulous prompt or any other inspiration. Come back on Friday when you will find a “Come One, Come All” post where you can use the comments section to 1) leave a link to your poem or 2) leave the poem in its entirety.

You’ll have all day Friday (and all weekend!) to post your work and read each others’ work. Take your time. Enjoy all the poems that are new to the world.

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9 Responses to “ MONDAY PROMPT / October 25 ”

  1. Nimue on October 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    this is gonna be fun ;)

  2. Julie Jordan Scott on October 27, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Wow. This could awaken a lot that is under the surface of my usual thoughts. Another chance to love/hate the process… (which is my favorite space to play, actually!)

  3. a house, a home | lost in translation on October 29, 2010 at 12:44 am

    [...] notes: Deb Scott wanted us to write about our house over at Big Tent Poetry. Doesn’t this remind you of the lyrics, “Our house, is a very, very, very fine [...]

  4. Laurie Kolp on October 29, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Dear administrator,

    PLEASE remove the link above.

    Here is the correct one:

    Thank you!!

    • Deb on October 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

      Dear Laurie,

      We are Clowns, not Administrators. :-)

      Your other comment has been deleted. But you should comment on the COME ONE, COME ALL post. Otherwise folks might not see your link.

      • Laurie Kolp on October 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

        Thank you!! I’m still new here.

        • Deb on October 30, 2010 at 9:30 am


          It takes a while to figure out the flaps. Glad you are here.

  5. Lazy Line Razmattazz on October 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hi there

    It’s been a while since I’ve had the time to submit any response to a prompt, and I found this really thought provoking…though I must confess I spent a little less than 30 mins on the drawing and writing – but only because of time pressure!

  6. my house | Stoney Moss on October 31, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    [...] one is also a poem in response to this week’s study (at Big Tent Poetry): looking at something closely without writing about it (in this case, drawing), then free-writing [...]