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About nikkimmascali

I am a New York-based editor/writer who has ink for blood. This is my blog about reading, writing and absolutely no 'rithmetic. Read it, won't you?

30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 24

Day 24: House of Mirrors – Write a poem that is narratively logical from start to finish and vice versa. For an extra challenge try writing two poems, weaving the lines together, and then adapting words to make it viable … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.” Agatha Christie NMM

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 23

Day 23: Found it in the Top 20 – Make a top twenty list of your favorite records (or books, or songs, or bird calls), turn them into a list poem. The Gangs of New York
 On the Road
 Game … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 22

Day 22: Wind Poem – If you inhale to be inspired, poetry will be your exhale. When putting pen to paper (or fingers to a keyboard), take deep breaths. Write only when you are exhaling, and stop to breathe in … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 21

Day 21: Hidden Meaning – Write a poem that would be encouraging in some way to someone. Hide it somewhere that a stranger will find it. I cannot say words that will make it all OK, that will make you … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 20

Day 20: Resurrecting the Past – Write a narrative poem that brings an actual historical event to back life. His weapon slung over his shoulder, the hatch on the assault boat dropped, without hesitation he slid into the water alongside his olive-clad … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 19

Day 19: Synesthesia – Synesthesia is defined as “the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.” Which of the five senses do you … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 18

Day 18: Heard It through the Coffee Line – Station yourself in 3 public places over the span of 30 minutes. Pull whatever interesting lines you can overhear into a “found sound” poem. OH on the Downtown A* Damn there … Continue reading

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30-Day Poetry Challenge: Day 17

Is it me or this year’s challenge flying by?! What the hay?? Day 17: De-personification – Often in poems, authors will give animate qualities to inanimate objects to add color to an image or scene. See if you can write … Continue reading

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Writers’ Wisdom

“In my view a writer is a writer because even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” Junot Díaz NMM

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