Friday, January 1, 2016

The Book of a Thousand Prompts

Here's a way to start out on that new year's resolution to write more often...

By way of, you can listen to a conversation with Maria Gillan about her "Book of a Thousand Prompts" - also known as Writing Poetry To Save Your Life: How To Find The Courage To Tell Your Stories

"In talking with Maria Mazziotti Gillan about her book, Writing Poetry to Save Your Life: How to Find the Courage to Tell Your Stories (Miroland/Guernica, 2013), the conversation never got around to one of the books extremely valuable resources for writers—over a hundred pages filled with 1000+ prompts.

Gillan advises randomly selecting a prompt and writing non-stop for 20 minutes. She suggests that you then put the writing away for a while and return to it later to discover what you wrote and decide if you might want to use what you’ve written to produce a poem. Free writing of this type naturally generates a lot of uninteresting text, but it also produces gems of insight and description that can provide the seeds of further writing, be it poetry or memoir."

In the interview podcast, you'll hear performance poet, Jacqueline Nicole Harris discussing her inspirations, and reading some of her work, and then Maria talks about her book and on helping writers unlock their creative potential.

Maria's Official Site is at  Her latest publication is the poetry and art collection, The Girls in the Chartreuse Jackets.

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