Attn: Writers - Announcing the #NOVEMBEROTIC Writing Challenge!


Big plans are in place to spice up your November with the #novemberotic 30-day writing challenge on IMPROMPTU Instagram, featuring sweet and sexy writing prompts by myself and my babely compatriot, Joelle Barron. You may be aware that November is National Novel-Writing month - if that’s not your jam (it sure isn’t mine), but you still want to challenge yourself, #novemberotic is for you. What you might expect: saucy word pools, steamy erasures, provocative visuals, and more - posted first thing every morning on @impromptuprompts. I’ve been struggling slightly to keep IMPROMPTU up to date here on my website, so these writing prompts will be posted exclusively on Instagram. Do follow along! Check back in with us November 1st, and be sure to use our hashtag. We can’t wait to see what you come up with (heyo)!

IMPROMPTU #8: Write Your Island

I once played a game with some friends where we named every island we could think of, back and forth, until one of us stalled. It went on for a while.

I have never lived on an island longterm, but I get a magic poem feeling in my heart when I think about the islands I've visited and loved (or did not love, as the case may be).

I've known many poets to be inspired by islands. My dear friend Joelle Barron has two heartbreakingly beautiful companion poems about Galiano Island (you will be able to read them soon in Joelle's firecracker debut poetry collection Ritual Lights, March 2018).

Another dear friend, Alessandra Naccarato's award-winning poem "Re-Origin of Species" begins with the lines "On our island, nothing / eats us but the rifle."

For my part, I've been unable to stop writing poems about the Big Island in Hawaii. 

Write your island. A poem or story; an ode; a longing; a home; a journey; a childhood; a claustrophobic nightmare; a lake; an ocean; a heartbreak. 

For further inspiration, read this poem by Roo Borson.