I’ve had to do a lot of rereading for work lately. Any time I teach a book I haven’t read in the last five years, I give it another read to make sure it’s all fresh in my brain–characters, plot, style, theme, details. These rereads let me get to know the book in a more intimate way. Characters feel like old friends, settings feel like a beloved place to revisit, and twists in the plot can be carefully unwound so I know how the author created the knot in the first place. Every reread is a chance to see the work through new eyes, from the perspective of where I’m at now in life.
Sometimes, reviewing your own work can be kind of like that. You can see where your weaknesses are; maybe some holes in a plot you thought was perfectly tidy the first time around, or perhaps the pacing was a little off kilter. When revisiting old work, it gives you the chance to see how you’d like to move forward with your writing, as seeing the trajectory of your growth can show you where you’re going next.
Before reviewing some of your old work, perhaps review the submission guidelines first. If you’ve found some other yeah write writers you dig, why not ask them to be your writing partner? Everyone needs another set of eyes to point out the typos, content errors, and ungainly phraseologies in our posts. This can help you discover…
What weighs you down?
The optional prompt above can serve as inspiration for your fiction or poetry. Use the question word for word in your story or poem, or just answer it. In case that’s not enough to get you going:
New inspiration for you
Prompt up is our optional weekly writing prompt for the fiction|poetry challenge! Here’s how it works: we choose a sentence prompt from last week’s winning nonfiction post and announce it in the kickoff. It’s your job to use that prompt as the first sentence in your poem or story and then run with it. The prompt is just a springboard, though: feel free to keep it as your first sentence, move it, change it, or float down it to other territories.
My crowd fave post (::blush::) guided us through the internal monologue of losing a dear friend. This week’s Prompt Up is: I need to be in the water.
February poetry slam: Spenserian sonnets
When we think of sonnets, Shakespeare usually comes to mind. But The Bard isn’t the only one to play with the form. This month we’re revisiting sonnets, but with a twist. We’ll be writing our 14 lines Edmund Spenser-style.
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Yeah write #253 fiction|poetry writing challenge is open for submissions!
You can check out the submission guidelines and join us with your story or poem using the link below.