Every month here at Soul Wild I will be setting up a creative challenge for everyone who is looking for ways to add a little more creativity into their lives. This month our challenge is to create an eavesdropping poem.

Your Creative Mission – Create An Eavesdropping Poem

Pick one day and spend it collecting sentences, phrases and words you overhear. Spend the entire day collecting conversations but don’t tell anyone what you are doing!

You can do this Harriet the Spy style & save your words in a notebook, scribble them on a scrap of paper or save them in your phone – whatever works best for you. The only rules are that you write down exactly what you hear and that you don’t let anyone know what you are up to.

You have one entire day to collect your words. At the end of the day put down those pencils and let the words swirl inside of your dreams for a night.

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The next day, take your found words and create a poem out of them. You don’t have to use them all, but you can not use any words or phrases that you did not overhear.

What To Do When You Complete Your Eavesdropping Poem

If you share your work on social media please use the hashtag #EavesdropPoem so others can find your work.

If you would like to share your work on the project page send me an email at kate@www.iamsoulwild.com with your name, blog url and your poem and I’ll add it to the Eavesdropping poem project page.

I will be sharing my own poem sometime this month and will also talk a bit more on why I chose this challenge and what we can learn from it.

Happy Eavesdropping!

8 Responses

    1. Thanks for joining Erika – I can’t wait to see what you create! (And thank you for being my first commenter – > You will always have a special place in my heart for that!)

    1. I just finished collecting my words for the day – it was such an interesting experience – I never realized how much I block out other people’s conversations. Have fun making yours! The quote is mine – I’m trying hard to write my own – it’s definitely working my creative muscles. Thanks so much for stopping by and for everything!

  1. UGH! I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner. This sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait to do this challenge. Also-Love the Harriet the Spy reference. I’m not sure if I’m proud or embarrassed to say I watched it recently “just because”.

    1. I totally wanted to be Harriet the Spy when I was younger! I am so excited to have you on board for this challenge Krysten – I know you’ll come up with something amazing.

    1. Thanks Aly – I’m ALMOST done with mine – it is going to be a pretty short poem – the collecting was easy, the creating, a little harder! For anyone just starting theirs I would recommend collecting as many words as you can!

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