Exercises

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Exercises

Post by bodkin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 7:37 pm

On the subject of exercises I shall post one at least once a month, and Ros will be putting challenges between them, so that should be a new poetry prompt of some description at least every two weeks...

Also on the subject of exercises, they work better the more people take part. Each exercise will be one thread over in the Poetry Exercises forum, and it is quite enjoyable to have plenty of people pitching in to do the exercise, and responding to each other's effort.

On the unrelated note of exercises. The idea is that they get you writing, provide practice, and sometimes take you somewhere where you wouldn't have gone on your own. The idea is to get a little out of your comfort zone, and not be too worried about whether you are producing anything polished, accomplished, or even good. To this end I would advise people not to t sweat over them. Write something, maybe edit it once, and slap it into the board.

Finally, let me just mention something about exercises. The exercise form is not a critique forum, so while it is nice to comment on other people's efforts, you don't have to try too hard. A quick note about how you liked X; weren't so sure about Y; or wonder whether they considered using a Z -- that's all it takes to give a little feedback. And bear in mind that reading other people's attempts gives you half the benefit, it is sometimes amazing to what different places two people can take the same idea...

So the first exercise will be early next week, probably Sunday as that is when I get back from a small trip.
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I'm in, or intend to be.

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Post by bodkin » Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:59 pm

Glad to have you on board!
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Re: Exercises

Post by Ros » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:05 pm

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Re: Exercises

Post by KevJ » Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:41 am

Sounds good! :)
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Re: Exercises

Post by bodkin » Sun Nov 10, 2013 10:55 pm

Hi all, I have put a first exercise up, here: http://poetsgraves.co.uk/forum/viewtopi ... 20#p156877

Please have a go, and I will pitch in myself as soon as I find a spare moment.

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