A challenge!!

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A challenge!!

Post by Ros » Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:13 pm

How about everyone has a go at writing something that's not their usual style or subject-matter - stretch your imagination - write in different line lengths, pick something technical and use that vocabulary, write in the voice of someone else.

Do it over the next week, and post as normal in exp or beg, but put (challenge) after the title. Then everyone will know you're trying something new, and it's a new poem, so won't expect anything polished.

Go on, even if you're barely writing anything at the moment, have a go!

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by camus » Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:13 pm

Great idea. Come on people, lets get into the spirit of things.

We are trying to "revive" what was once a thriving (well almost) forum, (i think most people agree on this) which has of late lacked the urgency and edge that it once had.

Featured poems, competitions and little exercises like this all help make a place that much more vibrant, but it does take input.

Get amongst it! I'm going to write one in the style of a dead guinea pig who was unfortunately rogered to death by his "friend" the rabbit.
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Re: A challenge!!

Post by twoleftfeet » Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:03 pm

Is there any way of posting anonymously?
Instead of just sitting on the fence - why not stand in the middle of the road?

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by ray miller » Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:45 pm

twoleftfeet wrote:Is there any way of posting anonymously?
Who knows?
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I contemplate such bitter stuff.

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by camus » Thu Oct 31, 2013 10:12 pm

I guess the best way would be to simply to register as another user/pseudonym?
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Re: A challenge!!

Post by bodkin » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:07 pm

An interesting challenge, except...

...in order to do it, I need an answer to the question:

What am I not like?

Tricky that.

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by camus » Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:11 pm

You're probably not like Keats. That's always a good/bad start.
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Re: A challenge!!

Post by Richard » Thu Nov 07, 2013 8:56 am

I guess this is because I am not here often enough. It I have no idea in what ways the challenge poems are not what the writers usually do. Do they warrant explanations?

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by Ros » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:22 am

Well, the idea was just to prompt people to attempt something they might not normally do. I think this has ranged from - pretty much normal (like mine!) to some that are unusual. If people want to explain, that's fine, but if not, that's fine too.

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by Richard » Thu Nov 07, 2013 11:48 am

Thanks Ros, hope I didn't sound too dictatorial.... seems to have delivered up some good poems.

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by David2 » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:18 pm

twoleftfeet wrote:Is there any way of posting anonymously?
That was definitely one of the best competitions we have had. Worth re-running?

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Re: A challenge!!

Post by Ros » Thu Nov 07, 2013 3:22 pm

Yep!
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Re: A challenge!!

Post by k-j » Thu Nov 07, 2013 5:16 pm

Yes, the anon comp was great fun.

I'd love to do it again but my net access might be spotty the next couple of weeks (I'll be in deepest Patagonia) so I can't admin it.

Could we wait til I get back then I can admin it again? I'll see if I still have the spreadsheet I devised last time.
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Re: A challenge!!

Post by David2 » Sat Nov 09, 2013 12:34 pm

k-j wrote:Yes, the anon comp was great fun.

I'd love to do it again but my net access might be spotty the next couple of weeks (I'll be in deepest Patagonia) so I can't admin it.

Could we wait til I get back then I can admin it again? I'll see if I still have the spreadsheet I devised last time.
Sounds like a good plan. Can we make the previous one accessible to people, so they can see the sort of shenanigans that went on? I really enjoyed it.

(Deepest Patagonia! Very Welsh, I believe.)

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