Category Archives: A Little Prompting

Post It Note Poetry 2020

2020 is the 8th year of Post-It Note Poetry. Not bad for something that started as a dare to write bad poetry on Post-it notes between two friends.

The JAR Writers’ Collective will host the month-long poetry event this year, co-ordinated by Jodi CLeghorn, in league with fellow Collective members myself and Rus VanWestervelt, and ably supported by eight brilliant Post-It Note Poetry Ambassadors.


Post-It Note Poetry runs every day in February and is designed with two broad aims in mind:

1. To encourage people of all skills sets and persuasions to explore and have fun with poetry – whether they are seasoned poets or curious souls attempting poetry for the first time since their teenage years.

2. To create within a confined physical space (the size of a post-it note) as a positive limitation. It is also a way of making poetry composition possible for 29 consecutive days.


The rules are simple for those who’d like to play along at home (at work, on the bus or in any of those in between places perfect for scribbling poetic words on small squares of sticky paper).

🖊 Write/build/create a poem every day of February.

🖊 Poems must fit on a post-it note (or be an equivalent sized poem – ie. no more than 8 lines on a larger backing).

🖊Poems must adhere to the original light-hearted spirit of permission to write badly – in which poems can tackle serious content, but internal editors/critics all get a break over February.

🖊Post poems to social media with the hashtag #pinp20.

🖊Follow the hashtag and enjoy what others are creating.

We look forward to introducing our ambassadors in the coming days.

All questions or inquiries can be directed to me!!

If you’d like to join the Facebook group – you can do so here.

A Little Prompting #17

Welcome to another week of A Little Prompting.

I didn’t quite manage to reach the deadline of the comp I wanted to sub to. Not a problem as there will be another opportunity later in the year. It will give me a chance to work over my idea thoroughly and address the issues my beta reader gave me to mull over.

RANDOM LINE PROMPT The discreet theft of the letter “Q” was the precipitation for divorce.
PHOTOGRAPH  Monopoly-Vintage
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Peter Gabriel – Games Without Frontiers

SENSORY SUGGESTION The stale stench of cigarettes and body odour in the pinball parlour.
QUOTE “Time is a game played beautifully by children.” – Heraclitus

Have a creative weekend. 

A Little Prompting #16

Welcome to another week of A Little Prompting.

How has your creative life been travelling? Mine’s doing well. Currently working on a short story with aim to sub it for a comp with a May 31 deadline. I need to get cracking.

THEME  The Persistence of Time
RANDOM LINE PROMPT  “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” 
― Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

Salvador Dali - The Persistence of Time

Salvador Dali – The Persistence of Time

SONG/MUSIC VIDEO  Anthrax – Got The Time
SENSORY SUGGESTION Feeling the weight of great-grandfather’s pocket watch in the hand of a six-year-old
QUOTE “I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” 
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


A Little Prompting #14

Many apologies for the lack of prompts last week. There are many excuses possible; some fanciful, some hyperbolic, some completely fictional.

In truth, it was my wife’s birthday so that will be the focus of this week’s prompts.

THEME Birthday 
RANDOM LINE PROMPT She waited patiently for her father to pass the silver mixing bowl and purple rubber spatula so she could feast on the streaks of cake mixture left inside.
PHOTOGRAPH  party-fails-a-winner-was-you-birthday-cake-sperm(I couldn’t resist).
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Things of Stone and Wood – Happy Birthday Helen 
SENSORY SUGGESTION  The burnt magnesium smell of sparklers wafting on the air.
QUOTE Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
Dr Seuss

Go forth and (pro)create!

A Little Prompting #12

Pens at the ready? Paint squeezed onto the palette? Pencil sharpened?

Ready. Set. Go! for this week’s set of prompts

THEME Ego is not a dirty word
RANDOM LINE PROMPT She felt like a slowly deflating balloon; as fast as she patched the holes new ones appeared. 
PHOTOGRAPH  apple-watch-gold

SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Living Colour – Cult of Personality

SENSORY SUGGESTION The gentle pressure of a shirt collar against the neck as a tie is adjusted.
QUOTE I fed my ego but not my soul – Yakov Smirnoff

A Little Prompting #11

In putting together these weekly prompts I am finding I have new ideas for stories or poems. Must remember to write them down.

What has been pushing your creative buttons?

While you wait for an answer, here’s this week’s prompts.

THEME Reflections of the Inside
RANDOM LINE PROMPT “You’ve never seen me for who I really am,” she said.“Because you hide it from me every time I get close to you,” he said.
PHOTOGRAPH Neural Brain 
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Sick Puppies – All the Same
SENSORY SUGGESTION The sound of knuckles being cracked while flexing fingers.
QUOTE I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
Leonardo da Vinci

A Little Prompting #10

How are we doing creative people? Are we putting pen to paper or paint to canvas? 

Let me know how you’re doing.

Here is this week’s prompts.

THEME Sabotage
RANDOM LINE PROMPT He counted the candles on the cake, decided there wasn’t enough and added three more. The sight of the chocolate cake repulsed him. Too much mock cream and not enough jam.
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Beastie Boys – Sabotage
SENSORY SUGGESTION The cool metal of handcuffs warming to the heat of the skin.
QUOTE It’s funny; we all really, really got along. I don’t know how it was in years past but this year, I was really with a good group of people. No one tried to sabotage each other or steal the other ones moments.
LaToya London


A Little Prompting #9

This week’s prompts push you with the idea of perseverance. Such an important idea for all creatives. 

Have at it!

THEME Perseverance
RANDOM LINE PROMPT She lay in the darkness, her husband’s warm indentation cooling. From the bathroom the stream of water striking the bowl overpowered the dripping of the showerhead.
SENSORY SUGGESTION A child’s wet kiss on the cheek
QUOTE Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little – Plutarch

A Little Prompting #8

Welcome to another set of prompts for this week. What have you been working on?

THEME Fidelity
RANDOM LINE PROMPT Everything creaked: floorboards, hinges, knees and back. Only some of them would respond to the liberal application of WD-40.
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Aretha Franklin – The House That Jack Built
SENSORY SUGGESTION Running fingers down a paling fence, carefully avoiding splinters
QUOTE Complaining is good for you as long as you’re not complaining to the person you’re complaining about – Lynn Johnston

A Little Prompting #7

Hello there again.

I hear of people who want to be creative but haven’t found the access to ideas to get them started.

That’s what A Little Prompting is for: to give beginning creatives a helping hand.

But it’s not just for the novice and beginning. It is also for the professional who needs something to get the mind ticking over.

Here is this week’s set of prompts. Have at them!

THEME Precipice and Valleys
RANDOM LINE PROMPT The bowl of cornflakes sat on the table, dry as the Sahara. Without a second thought, she turned to the fridge and grasped the strawberry milk to turn the desert into an oasis.
SONG/MUSIC VIDEO Aerosmith – Livin’ on the Edge
SENSORY SUGGESTION The wind whistling through your ears
QUOTE If you can judge a wise man by the colour of his skin, mister you’re a better man than I – StevenTyler