OctPoWriMo Day 18: My Favorite Music

Hello, and welcome to OctPoWriMo, Day Eighteen!

What’s OctPoWriMo, you ask? Well, it’s a whole month of poetic creation – 31 poems in 31 days. It’s the creative baby of Morgan Dragonwillow and Julie Jordan Scott.

This year, I intend to follow all the prompts, and get the joy of discovery…

I hope you’ll stop by, settle in, and find a little bit of magic here!

Today’s prompt was to create black out or found poetry, by choosing words (or, in my case, phrases), from an existing piece of writing, blacking out the rest…

This prompt ties in perfectly with a Deep Revision exercise I’m using with my flash fiction story, “A Splash of Red”. So I decided to use a page from this story…

And this is what I came up with…it’s not perfect; and I’ll want to noodle with it some more, at another time. But I like the juxtaposition of the speaker whose eyes are sun and shadow, and the menace of the hawk. It’s got good poems, this little wordplay, and it’s give me a deeper perspective on the story it was born from, too.

My Favorite Music…


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    • Thanks! The story it came from is about two years old, and had stalled out, but I’m submitting it to a review at the end of the month. Finding the poem also helped me to find the deeper story in the piece, so it was doubly beneficial.

      I definitely want to come back and play with this nascent poem some more, though.

  1. I especially liked that last line and image: “The hawk lifted, seeking other prey.” And I also appreciated the tie to writing deeper into your current work through exercises and poetry. Persevere!

    • I loved that line, too. I know I’ll be coming back to this one, adapting it, changing the order around, maybe even making it longer – but there was a lot of good in just following the prompt, too.

      Not only that, but it helped me beak through an issue I was having with the flash fiction piece this is from, and now I think I finally see my way clear to the heart and soul of it. Revision should go more smoothly from this point on.

      I love the way giving myself to a challenge like this stretches me and extends into other areas of life!

      • Hello again, Shan. Actually participating in both ROW80 and OctPoWriMo has really helped me stay committed to at least making goals — if not achieving ALL of them! Your post led me to write a ‘found poem’ as well over on my travel blog at http://bethcamp.blogspot.com if you want to go look. Perseverance furthers!

        • I’m about ready to sleep a few hours, but I’ll take a look tomorrow!

          I love joining challenges that feed me this way. I am orders of magnitude different as a writer because of ROW80, and OctPoWriMo lets me stretch my mind in ways I sometimes don’t…and it seems to be a great warmup for NaNo, at least for me.

          I really don’t plan on making ALL of my goals each round. And every week, I feel like I did less than I thought I would or could…

          But I’ve started doing a mental review of the year- and, added up, it’s a little staggering! I may have written more in the last year than in the entire decade before it – and I’ve still got about 2.5 months to go! =D

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