Poem Writing Game

I learned this game from my friend Darcy. Basically, you write out a set of 10 constraints and give yourself 2 min to respond to each – write them out, toss them in a pile, draw one at random, start the timer, write, repeat.

Just like the songwriting game, the goal is to get yourself out of your head. You can use this as a warm-up, or, if you like what you come up with, shape it up into a proper poem.

I’ve loaded this up to generate a set of constraints from the ones I’ve used over the past few months. Every time you refresh the page you should see a different combination. Feel free to use these or create your own!


  1. describe the shape of an emotion
  2. write 2 lines in iambic pentameter
  3. use a random word from your scrap paper
  4. use syballance
  5. use a shape, a color, and an insect
  6. use the dictionary app's WOTD
  7. repeat a line
  8. use the word "______" (pick a word - "waiting", "resolve", ...)
  9. write in 6,8,6,8
  10. use a random phrase from your phrase cache

I’d love to hear what you come up with – either ideas for constraints or what you create. Drop me a line or comment here to share!

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