Just gave you a few more days – but try this challenge in the holidays
The June challenges almost broke my email box I received so many poems which was
f a b u l o u s !
I loved reading them all, and did feel a little bit sad I couldn’t share them all.
This month I want you to get your imagination b o u n c i n g
because I want you to imagine you are someone or something else in your poem!
HOT TIP: Before you start writing collect a page of words and details to PLAY with in your poem.
Imagining someone else
You might be a real person from HISTORY so you might need to do some research to get some clues about the person and what life was like when they lived.
You might like to write as though you are a CHARACTER from a book you love. Show them in a different light doing something different that didn’t make it into the book. Or replay something that did.
You might like to invent a person …. your own CHARACTER! Use strong detail to make your character come alive in your poem.
Imagining you are a thing
Try writing a poem as though you are a rugby ball or a vacuum cleaner or a clock or a computer or a rocket or a bicycle or an old sofa ….. OR YOU CHOOSE!
Some poetry tips
Don’t send me the poem the day you write it. Let it sit for at least a day then read it out loud. This is what I do.
Play with the order of words.
Play with how many words you put on the line.
Show things in your poem to do with your character or object – NOUNS!
Show action – your character or object doing things. (if it fits)
You might like to have your character SAY things.
You can either write an I or He or She poem (I seem to be running slow, he is so tall he can get the apples off the tree, she can fly like a Haast eagle)
Think about the title of your poem.
Try three DIFFERENT endings, then pick your favourite.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30th July. I will post some favourites on 1st August and have a book for at least one reader.
Please include your name, age, year and name of school. I won’t post poems if I don’t have these details.
IMPORTANT: Put OTHER SHOES challenge in the subject line of the email please.