Waves Splashing at Stones on Beach during Sunset

The Purpose

You know we believe in poetry as a tool to improve your novel writing. That’s the reason we share these prompts – they can be for poets or novelists, and will be useful for honing the craft of both.

The purpose of this one is to focus on really close detail.

We want you to pen the whole piece in one tone, covering nothing more than the intricate details of the swelling tide. Get obscenely poetic with it, and push your voice to its limit. This will help you to develop a great sense of what works well in your writing, allowing you to carry these descriptions over to your novel writing.

The Prompt

Scenery/Vibe: The shoreline. Some sand and some rocks. But mainly water: jumping and swilling and bobbing and caressing.

Poem’s Message: Many things happen in life, but we can tune mostly anything out by placing insane levels of concentration on a particular thing or task.


Try this prompt for size and create something based on it. If you do write something, please share it with us in one way or another. Tag us in a post, post it in the comments, send it to us in an email – we’d love to read your work.

Who knows? If you send something our way and we really like the way you write, we might just offer you a discount on our editing services. Or we might even edit a few chapters for free. It’s worth a try on your part.

You can reach us with your submission or with any questions/inquiries here.

DISCLAIMER: These prompts are here for you to use however you like. You can use them to aid you and give inspiration for competitions, or even for full-length poetry collections. They’re yours. Consider them your little gift – from us, to you. Do with them as you wish!

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