Instructions 1. Every Thursday we will post a photo, illustration, or story starters. You are then invited to write a piece in any genre using the picture featured in the post as your inspiration. 2. If you are using a blog to write your piece, Mr Linky allows you to leave a link to your blog. Put your name and link in the Mr. Linky box below the picture. Please link back to this page ( http:///writing-prompts/ ) on your post. If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, you can sign up for a free blog at . 3. All entries will be automatically entered into our writing prompt competition. The current competition will close on September 30 2017. Every entry posted as part of our weekly writing prompts will be eligible. The winner will receive an Amazon voucher worth €10! There is no cost to enter, no word limit and you can post as many entries as you wish. We reserve the right to remove any content that is likely to offend or distress others; is discriminatory, abusive, obscene or otherwise offensive; or breaks the law (breach of copyright, defamation). If you are under the age of 18, you must have the consent of a parent or guardian over 18 to enter the competitions. Creative Writing Ink reserves the right to ask for proof of permission. Entries without permission will be disqualified. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our writing prompts page in June and July. And congratulations to Deborah Riccio, the winner. You can read the winning entry on Deborah’s blog.
“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, / Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore— / While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping…” First published almost two hundred years ago, Edgar Allan Poe’s narrative poem “The Raven” was itself partially inspired by the raven in Charles Dickens’s novel Barnaby Rudge and has gone on to spark numerous renditions, homages, and parodies. And the poem’s influence has extended far beyond literature, giving a name to an NFL team (Baltimore Ravens) and providing inspiration for a range of artists, from cartoonists ( The Simpsons and Calvin and Hobbes ) to musicians (Lou Reed and the Grateful Dead). Write a poem that takes its cue from an element of Poe’s verse that you are especially drawn toward. Consider its themes of loss and devotion; the extensive use of alliteration and rhyme; the “nevermore” refrain; classical, mythological, and biblical references; the question-and-answer sequencing; the symbolism of the raven; or the forebodingly dark atmosphere.