I love to play with words no matter what I am writing.
When I write a poem I like to have fun.
So this month your challenge is to play with words.
I like to hear and see what happens when I put a word next to another word.
Use my tips however you like! All my rules CAN be broken!
I will publish some of my favourite poems on the last day of March. I will have a book for at least one young poet. This is not a competition …. think of it is a PLAYFUL challenge!
YOU can ALWAYS use EXTRA Words NOT just the ones you COLLECT!
- Think of a subject.
- Collect some words. Use your senses to help collect them. Get 10 or 20 or 30 or 40 or 5o. You choose! The more the better.
- Make a word pattern poem with only 3 or 4 or 5 of the words. Repeat them in different ways. Listen and look!
- Use some of the words to write a short poem on the subject but use NO adjectives or adverbs (maximum 20 words). Now rewrite your poem and out in some juicy adjectives.
- Write a poem using some of your words and use no more than three words on the line.
- Play with how many words you use on the line.
- Hide something in your poem for me to find.
- Play with the ending. Will it surprise me? Put a smile on my face? Make me feel something? Sound good?
- Set your poem out so it looks different on the page or screen.
- Play with how your poems tell me a little story.
- Play with how you leave gaps or white space in your poem.
- Play with what happens at the end of the line.
- Pick three of things in this list to play with in one poem.
- hmmm … just thinking! your choice
- Think of three favourite things you like and out them all in the same poem.
- Find three surprising similes and put them all in the same poem.
- Think of something that has happened to you that sticks in your mind. Tell me some things about it in your poem but keep some things to yourself.
- Let you imagination go wild in a poem.
- Write a poem where you have to imagine what it is like to be somewhere you have never been or be someone you have never met. Play with the idea.
- Write a really really really small poem. Try it a few ways. Play with it!
Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 27th March.
Include your name, age, year and name of school.
You can include your teacher’s email address.