Poetry Project: National Geographic Photo of the Day Writing Prompts

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Ever since I was a young girl, I have been deeply fascinated by National Geographic magazine. The wonders of natural phenomena, distant cultures, space and the cosmos… it has all enthralled me for as long as I can recall. Early in life, I insisted my dream career was to be a NGeo photographer and travel the world capturing the unique beauty and wonder of this planet. As most childhood dreams fade, those did as well. But the fascination always remained.

Now, I’d like to take an opportunity to revisit that fascination directly, but to do so from where I stand now, as a writer. Being that we are visual culture, I suspect this idea may be inspiring to other writers as well. National Geographic posts a “Photo of the Day” on their website, I would like to use those daily photos as a “writing prompt,” each day writing a poem, story or piece of prose that is inspired by those photos.

If you would like to take part, I would urge you to follow the blog and engage in this wonderful practice of daily writing and reflection. I invite you to post your poems (or links to them, but at least post an excerpt if you are going to link it) in the comments section. If you use twitter, be sure to share your work and use the hashtag #NGEOWritingPrompt  Let’s see what we come up with. Write Forth!


Photo Credit: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photo-of-the-day/archive/