Weekly Writing Prompt #12

Weekly Writing Prompt #12
Week of 23rd November 2015

DOOR Template Instructions

(5) Words: | GIFT | COIN | VERSE | WORK | REASON |  

Poetry Suggestions
Haiku (5 – 7 – 5)
Tanka (5 – 7 – 5 – 7 – 7)
Shadorma (3 – 5 – 3 – 3 – 7 – 5)
six lines – no rhymes – multiple stanzas [your choice] – just follow meter
Nonet (9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1 ) progression downward of syllables
Cinquain (2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 2) five line poem on any theme with the earlier mentioned syllable pattern
Fictional Suggestions
Flash Fiction (500 – 300 words)
Any Genre: Mystery – Sci-Fi – Fantasy – Horror – Literary
***You have room for one main character.
***You have room for one scene.
***Get to main conflict of scene in first sentence.
***You have room for a single plot.
***You have room for a single, simple theme.
***SHOW anything related to the main conflict.
***TELL the backstory; don’t “show” it.
***Save the twist until the end.
***Eliminate all but essential words.

These are not set in gold.
Use your best judgement.

24 thoughts on “Weekly Writing Prompt #12

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    • Al the Author is brilliant will his ability to turn all the words he comes up against and creates amazing Haiku. I do hope you are inspired to join in the challenge. It really tries one’s metal but through manipulating the words the puzzle to create something special is completely possible. Sometimes a struggle and often many drafts but the prize is reachable. Hope to see an offering from you sometime in the future. – jk the secret keeper


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    Yekaterina Alexeyevna a.k.a. Catherine the Great
    Had her work cut out for her, she being female and all.
    We’re talking 18th century here; Europe one big boy’s club
    Till she strides in; no need man up, already here and at home.

    Such effrontery seemed to bigoted sexist rulers beyond reason.
    Rattled their cages but they’re scared of openly rattling sabres.
    Still their sick lies and innuendoes remain today chapter and verse.
    To coin a phrase they said, “She’d happily look a gift horse in the …”


    I decided to include an idiom containing each seed word as follows:

    Look a GIFT horse in the mouth
    To COIN a phrase
    Chapter and VERSE
    To have one’s WORK cut out
    Beyond REASON


    • A great story and follow up with the idioms. I must confess, it never occurred to me the sexism of today touched Catherine the Great. I know the most famous horse story but to think I am so naive. Her power and position led my brain to think she was all power. I have seen films and documentaries. Your poem teaches more than any have before it. Brilliant. Heard all the idioms. My curiosity of late has been to track down the origins, just out of a curiosity of why that phrase.

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      • I have been following a BBC series on the Russian empire and most recently an episode focused on Catherine The Great. I shall be posting my piece soon, and have now decided to have it concluding with the word itself rather than the dots. Sometimes the Musey Lady and I take a while to decide on an “official” version. 🙂 That jealousy and nasty bitching reminded me of school. I suppose you came across similar behaviour at high school? How sad the horse story is still around and often not challenged. But then Russia was declared fair game during the “Cold War” years so our schoolings was skewed accordingly. 😦

        Idioms are among a poet’s good friends. Like you, I am always drawn to investigate their origin; generally fresh depth and light emerge, making the effort well worth while.

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