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A Writing Prompt a Day: 30th November #NaNoWriMo

In celebration of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, I’m posting a writing prompt every day on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here’s number 30 – my last one.


On Tuesday night I went to hear Frank Bidart, a wonderful American poet, reading from his collected works,Ā Half-Light. He was receiving theĀ 2017 Ā Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. It was a magical evening. I sat with my friend, Aryn, our notebooks open, our pens poised, drinking in the wisdom accrued from a lifetime of writing. Ā There are a million and one prompts I could have used from Bidart’s work but as I was flipping through his poems, I stopped at this one, entitledĀ Three Tattoos.

One of Bidart’s recurring themes is the relationship between the mind and the body: how the two war against one another and yet howe we try, time and again, to establish some kind of union between the two warring sides.

I’m fascinated by tattoos. I wonder what it is that makes people feel so strongly about a word, a sentence, an idea, a name or an image, that they want it marked, forever, on their skin. Ā It feels like a form of longing – the longing to make something impermanent, permanent.

So, today, think up three tattoos and write about them. Here are the tree that Bidart refers to at the beginning of his poem:

ONE: Maria Foerever

TWO: labyrinthine intricate

coming pent dragon


Now write your own and use them as a springboard for a story or a character.

Write for 5 minutes or more, no stopping or looking back.

Happy writing! šŸ’«