Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Writing Wednesday and the Nature vs. Nurture debate

For today’s Writing Wednesday, you will write an acrostic poem with a focus word for 2020. Consider the power of words and language:

  • Has someone ever said something to you that has made your day before? What did they say? What words specifically stuck out to you?
  • Has someone ever said something to you that has hurt your feelings before? What did they say? What words specifically stuck out to you?

This time of year, we hear a lot about New Year’s resolutions. But how well do we actually hold ourselves accountable for sticking to our resolutions?

Perhaps a one-word resolution would be easier to stick to! This is used quite a lot in yoga, where participants choose a one-word intention for their practice. What is your intention for 2020? For the new decade? 

Prompt:

Words can inspire you, push you, and motivate you. It is never too late to choose a word to live up to. Language is powerful and limitless.

An acrostic poem is a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or phrase when read vertically.

Your task: Create an acrostic poem that centers itself around ONE WORD.

Step 1: Choose a word that inspires you or sticks out to you. Let this be the word that drives you and pushes you to become the best version of yourself.

Step 2: Write this word VERTICALLY, letter by letter.

Step 3: Draft an acrostic poem, using each letter of your word to start the word for each line of your poem. Your poem may rhyme or be free verse.

You MUST use enjambment, which is the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza. (Think of Rupi Kaur’s poetry here.)

Example:

Forever

Overcoming adversity to

Rise up, to

Wander off on new

Adventures, seeking the

Road to better things,

Dreaming of peace.

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