Tuesday, April 18, 2017

NaPoWriMo 2017 - Prompt #18 - Games

The game of Go.  More than 2,500 years old.
People have been playing games for thousands of years. Games are integral to culture, and are played to learn skills, for recreation, to determine rankings, to educate, for exercise, to win money or prizes, and more.

Games may include items that are manipulated, like balls, pieces, or dice - or they can be played entirely without props of any kind, like a game of "twenty questions" or chase games like "it." There are usually some kind of rules to the game, and often a strategy or approach that is expected to yield a good result. Some games have an aspect of luck or chance, while others do not. Some require physical ability while others emphasize knowledge or other skills.

Prompt #18: Write a poem that includes a game. This can be a formal game, like a board game or game of skill, or it can be something more subtle, like a power play between people. What about this game interests you - the rules, the structure, the interplay, or the outcome? How does the game play out in your poem? Does there have to be a winner or loser? Is someone cheating or breaking the rules? Consider these questions as your craft your poem.

For something more specific, write your poem from the point of view of someone watching the game from the outside, not one of the 'players' (however you choose to define that).  Then shift the point of view to be from one of the players' perspectives.

Games will be a good prompt for something sci-fi, horror, or fantasy, which makes things easy on me for this poem :)

Did you use this or one of our other prompts?  You can post your poem in our comments, if you like.

Happy Writing!

Prompts crafted by:
J.A. Grier, Senior Scientist and Education Specialist, Planetary Science Institute
Amy Grier, Managing Editor, Solstice Literary Magazine
Image Credits: Go Game.  Wikimedia Commons, CC 2.0

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