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Hollow November 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Poetry.

When we can afford anything,
nothing has value

Instead we dwell in
hollow existences paved
with good intentions

Riding a roller coaster
from elation to despair

Losing our self in
hollow Pyrrhic victories

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Written for this week’s Trifecta challenge:

Write a 33 to 333 word post using the following word/ definition:

HOLLOW (adjective):  lacking in real value, sincerity, or substance : false, meaningless <hollow promises> <a victory over a weakling is hollow and without triumph — Ernest Beaglehole>

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The Time Is Now November 27, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Fiction, Poetry, Writing & Writers.

One of my favorite e-newsletters each week is The Time is Now from Poets & Writers

In addition to other information and resources for writers, each e-issue  includes a Poetry Prompt, a Fiction Prompt, and a Non-fiction Prompt.


* Write Backwards ~ Revise a story by rewriting the story in the opposite order from which it first appeared. Start with the ending, and find your way back toward the original opening. Restructure the story so this new order makes sense.

* Clip Art ~ Take one of your poems that you’re not satisfied with and use scissors to cut it up into its lines. Rearrange the lines, omitting ones that no longer fit. With this fresh arrangement as a working draft, compose an entirely new poem. 

* My Hometown ~ Some of the best stories and essays revolve around the author’s hometown. Spend fifteen minutes freewriting about the town or city in which you grew up. Focus on the people, the places, the landscape, and the memories surrounding them. Where was your favorite place to eat? Who were the most interesting characters? What did you do with your family and friends? What did the school look like? Where did you go when you wanted to run away?

To learn more and/or subscribe:  Creative Writing Prompts.

Write on!