May 12 – National Limerick Day

Today is Child Care Provider Day or Daycare Provider Day, Fatigue Syndrome Day, International Nurses Day, Limerick Day, Military Spouses Day, and the birthday of: Edward Lear, Dante Rossetti, Leslie CharterisCharles Biro

Tip: When you’re ready to start writing, you can review what you did the day before, but don’t edit. Get the words down first. You can come back and edit later.

Thought: “The really great writers are people like Emily Brontë who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.” –  James A. Michener

Teaser: In honor of Edward Lear, this is National Limerick Day. Stretch your writing brain and write a limerick about writing. A limerick is a humorous poem consisting of five lines. The first, second, and fifth lines must have seven to ten syllables while rhyming and having the same verbal rhythm. The third and fourth lines only have to have five to seven syllables, and have to rhyme with each other and have the same rhythm. For instance (from Edward Lear):

“There was an Old Man with a beard
Who said, ‘It is just as I feared!
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard!’”

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