This year, I will share a few ideas for your writing process. When it is difficult to find daily inspiration, it is often useful to choose a simple form and a single idea and see where it will take you. In order to reference these prompts at a later date, click on the "Format" or "Prompt" label in the right side bar.
The Cameo is a purely syllabic form consisting of six lines with the following syllable count:
2, 5, 8, 3, 8, 7, 2.
It is English in origin and is well-suited to a brief portrait in words, or character-based piece. No rhyme is needed but an ability to count syllables will help!
Schematic (where x is one syllable, not one word):
This poetical stanza is Persian in origin, made famous by a collection attributed to a poet named Omar Khayyam. It also requires a syllable count, but each line has a standard 10 syllables. In addition it has a simple rhyme scheme: a a b a
Schematic (where x is on syllable and a / b indicate rhymes):
Have fun with these! Remember to email your finished poems to me.