“Neoteric Thoughts,” A #Tanka #ABRSC


Hello and welcome to my contribution to my weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge. This week we had to find synonyms for “experience and new.” I decided to create a Tanka poem using the words neoteric for new, and technique for experience.

Here are the instructions for writing a Tanka Poem: TANKA IN ENGLISH 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure. Your Tanka will consist of five lines written in the first-person point of view. This is important because the poem should be written from the perspective of the poet.

I’ve been working on my second novel the last few months or so. Unlike my first book, where the words poured out me, this second volume has so many different opportunities and paths to take in the writing process. I have to rein in my creativity. This got me to thinking about my characters and how they sometimes seem to take charge of where “they” want the story to go!

This Tanka poem fits my dilemma perfectly!

Neoteric thoughts –

another path to follow,

where do my words lead?

Writing requires technique or

your characters take over.

© 2017 Colleen M. Chesebro

Excited to start a new year! How about you? <3

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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  1. Perfect! I love your words choice AND the inspiration your tanka provides, for I, too, am in the middle of completing some writing. You are so talented.

  2. Brilliant choice of words!

  3. So true, Colleen!

  4. I’m impressed. 2018 is going to be an excellent year BTW.

  5. This made me smile. I love the thought of the characters taking over. 🙂

  6. Superb! 😎🥀

  7. Nice tanka. Characters taking over? Perhaps you have just brought them to life.

  8. I love this Colleen!

  9. Well done Colleen! About your characters – I say “let’em loose!”. Let’s see where they take you☺

  10. Love this, Colleen. Thank you for the instructions on writing a tanka.

  11. Reblogged this on BrewNSpew and commented:
    Sharing an excellent tanka written by Colleen and note the link with instructions on writing a tanka.

  12. Yes, have a corral, into which those wild stallions may take their rest.

  13. Pingback: Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 65: AMBITION & CHANGE (#SynonymsOnly) – colleenchesebro.com

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