Okay, so in my first post regarding this idea, I mentioned that a poem was effectively a descriptive piece of writing, or in other words a story.
I also suggested that a simple poem of no more than three stanzas (verses) would be enough to give us the beginning, middle and end for a short story idea.
Those first three stanzas took less than 10 minutes to write. They gave a simple beginning, middle and end.
Instead of using something so raw, I thought we’d investigate the idea of adding a bit more meat to the bones; a little more information, in rhyme. The original three stanzas will be in a darker colour to make them stand out. I will only add three more stanzas.
‘A Fighter Pilot’s Day’
Klaxon’s two-tone screams
pierced the morning air
Eager ground-crew teams
aircraft to prepare
Jack took off in his plane
a fighter in the air
He’d be shot at once again
at fear again he’d stare
A German ‘ace’ called Schmidt
espied the lead Spitfire
His weapons button hit
sent rapid streaming fire
The dog-fight was Jack’s worst
his craft was torn apart
Damaged by a burst
of bullets at the start
Jack’s plane dived towards the land
and o’er the coastal town
This end he hadn’t planned
as he glanced around
Landing would be hard
to miss the town he’d try
A field was Jack’s last card
he accepted he might die
I believe that’s the basis of our experimental short story. In the next two days I personally will be writing a short story and for now, retaining the working title used here. In my next post, I’ll make a short list of the ingredients I’ll consider, combined with the information supplied in the poem.
Please bear in mind that the poem has only taken about 20 minutes to put together. A lot of writers might spend much longer just toying with their first line of a story.
If anybody out there thinks they could produce a short story between 1000 – 1500 words based on this poem, please have a go, and we’ll give them an airing in a few days.
Thank you for reading, and as always, all comments are welcome and will be answered.
4 thoughts on “Why is it good to attempt writing poetry? Part 2”
I am not much of a poetry writer, although I do go at it from time to time. But using a poem as the basis of a short story is such a good idea. It’s like a skeleton in poetry form and then you add the flesh when you write out the story. I look forward to reading the short story entries for this poem. Clever.
Thank you for dropping in Janice. This mini-series will only go to about five parts – including the actual story that develops from the idea. I think you might enjoy the process and result.
I look forward to reading your short story once it’s ready …
Hi Julia and thank you for stopping by. There will be two more build-up posts, and then the short story, however it all ends.
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